Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Homemade Baked Cheese Crackers

These cheese crackers make for an excellent toddler snack...although Mom was enjoying them just as much as the kids!

Original Recipe

  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 4 T cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 8 oz (1 cup) cheddar cheese 
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t fresh-ground pepper
  1. Pulse the flour, butter, cheese, salt, and pepper together using a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  2. Pulse in 3 to 4 tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time, and only enough so that the dough forms a ball and rides the blade.
  3. Remove, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  4. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thickness. (If you roll it thicker, it will still work, but the crackers won't be quite as crunchy. This dough rolled out so easily; you'll wish that you always worked with cheddar!)
  6. Cut out as many crackers as possible with a knife.
  7. Place them 1 inch apart on the prepared baking pans.
  8. Bake at 350 F until golden and crisp - 15 to 20 minutes.

I used 4oz of cheddar and 4oz parmesan/romano. I rolled the dough thicker for softer crackers.

Verdict: Well, I need to make more because they were devoured by my toddler (and myself) in one hour! They are very buttery. A dash of garlic salt would be a tasty addition.

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