Homemade Cheddar Crackers

I saw this recipe and I was so intrigued… 

       

Because I never really think to make homemade crackers. 

But then after seeing this recipe, it was suddenly all I was thinking about doing.   

 

       

You know, crackers kind of have that remember-when feel. 

Those days when you were little. Loosing your teeth; having lemonade stands; eating fruit roll-ups; and climbing up trees with scabbed knees on your scrawny legs.  From Goldfish to Cheez-Its to Ritz-bitz crackers…  

Oh, to be a kid again.

         

Well, these crackers have the flavor of a cheddar Cheez-It but are a little more grown-up. 

Yes. Sadly we all have to do that sometimes…

Cheddar-Cheese Crackers

(Recipe from abeautifulmess.com)

  •  3/4 cup flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter,
  • 1/3 cup cream 
  • a pinch of pepper.

Directions:

- In the bowl of a food processor combine all ingredients but the cream.

- Pulse to combine. The mixture will be very crumbly. As the food processor is running pour in the cream in a steady stream. the dough will form a ball. 

- Remove dough from bowl and roll out on a floured surface. Roll so dough is about ½ inch thick.  Cut into small squares and prick with a fork.  You can also use cookie cutters and create letters and shapes.

- Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the cracker.  Keep your eye on them! the letters will only take 10 minutes or less. 

- Take them out with the edges are golden.  Let cool and then store in an airtight container.

TIP:  Brush the squares with olive oil and lightly sprinkle coarse sea salt before you bake them. Added flavor.

These can be elegant and served on a platter with appetizers at a holiday party.

Or you can make them any ol’ day at home. Throw them in your next bowl of tomato soup.

Or Go a lil’ crazy and cut them into letters and shapes.

   

How. Fun.