I love cheese crackers. I recently had a debate with a friend whether goldfish or cheez-its are better and I judged them hard for loving goldfish more. I'm personally a cheez-it fan. I would have boxes of different flavor cheez-it crackers in my college dorm room at all times. They make for a great snack when you come home with drunk munchies. Now that i'm older and so much more mature, I decided to wean off the commercial cracker obsession and make my own.
Now that I know what homemade cheese crackers taste like, store bought crackers don't do it for me anymore. They are also ridiculously easy to make and I bet you have all the ingredients in your pantry and fridge right now. For all of you moms out there, these would be the perfect thing to bake up at the beginning of the week for your kid's lunches.
I had a lot of fun making shapes with these cute cookie cutters Bryan brought back for me from Japan, but you can use a pizza cutter and cut squares to make the process faster. You can also experiment with different cheeses or eliminate some of the seasonings I put in there if you want it to be more plain.
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 cup grated jack cheese
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 4 tbsp butter, room temperature
- 2 tbsp cold water
- Combine the cheddar cheese, jack cheese, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until the cheese resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add in the butter and 2 tbsp water. Pulse until the dough comes together. If the dough is not coming together, add in another tsp of water.
- Remove the dough from the food processor and shape it into a flat disk. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out into an eighth of an inch thick. You can use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes or a pizza cutter to cut out squares. Place the crackers on your baking sheet. The pieces can be close together because they won't spread out too much. Use a toothpick to poke a hole in the center of each cracker.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before serving.