Skip the store-bought crackers and make a batch of these Cheddar Cheese Crackers at home! And for a real treat, use a flavored cheddar cheese!
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Me: Hey, Laura, have you seen my measuring cups?
Laura: Yeah, in that box over there.
Me: Oh ok – thanks.
*2 minutes later*
Me: Hey, Laura, have you seen my rolling pin?
Laura: Yup, it’s in the cabinet over the oven.
Me: Oh ok – thanks.
As I mentioned in this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad post recently, we decided to pack up our house and move ~850 miles south. More specifically, we left upstate New York and landed in the Asheville, NC area. I grew up in the Carolinas, so when the opportunity presented itself to move back – well, I jumped at it!
We’ve been in Asheville for ~2 weeks now, and we’re finally starting to make a path through the boxes. It’s been a busy few weeks, but we’re getting settled in to the new house. I’m still working on finding all of my kitchen utensils and tools, but we’ve got the basics unpacked. And now I know where my rolling pin and measuring cups are, too!
Cheddar Cheese Crackers
On one of our first days in Asheville (before the moving truck even arrived), we headed out to the local grocery store to stock up on all of the pantry staples. I hit up Cabot’s product finder, and I was pleased that several grocery stores in the area carry a wide range of Cabot products. In addition to the basics like milk, bread and cereal, I also stocked up on cheese and butter. Yum!
If you’ve been following along with me on this blog for a while, then you know how much we love Cabot products in our house! I’m not kidding when I say we picked up a handful of different Cabot cheeses and butter as part of our (re)stock-the-pantry outing. Those are staple items in our house! When I’m not shredding cheddar cheese for some sort of baking recipe, then I’m slicing it up to nibble on while we sip on a glass of wine at the end of the day.
This recipe for Cheddar Cheese Crackers is the first recipe I’ve baked in the new house. We’ve grilled hot dogs and burgers, and we’ve made lunchmeat sandwiches…but this is the first “real” recipe I’ve cooked or baked. And let me tell ya – it’s a good one!
We love store-bought cheese crackers, and I decided to take a stab at making a homemade version. These crackers are so easy to make – just 4 ingredients! (And one of those ingredients is water, so I’m not sure that even counts.)
In truth, these Cheddar Cheese Crackers are very similar to this recipe for Southern Cheese Straws that I posted a couple years ago. The proportions are slightly different, and the dough is cut differently…but both make pretty fantastic cheesy appetizers or snacks!
In fact, when Robbie (our 6-year-old son) walked in the door from summer camp, he immediately zoomed in on the bowl of crackers on the table. After eating a handful, he informed me that it would be ok to send some of these with him as his snack for summer camp. Done! In fact, I bet he is munching on these crackers right now as I type up this post! (In fact, I should take a lesson from him and grab a handful to snack on, too…hah.)
Aside from the simplicity of this recipe, the cool thing is you can mix up which cheese you use. In fact, for this post I made 2 batches – 1 using Cabot’s Vermont Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a 2nd batch using Cabot’s Pepper Jack. Both were pretty darned tasty! The Pepper Jack version brings a mild spicy flavor that I really like. If you like spicy foods, you should try a batch with Cabot’s Habanero Cheddar! And I bet a batch with their Horseradish Cheddar would be pretty fun, too!
While this was the first recipe I made in the new house, I can assure you this won’t be the last time we make these Cheddar Cheese Crackers! They’re a great appetizer, and I’m thinking these would be fun to snack on when you’re hanging out with friends and neighbors. Cheers, and happy baking!
Cheddar Cheese Crackers
- 8 oz. Cabot Vermont Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese see note
- 4 Tbsp Cabot Salted Butter cut into ½” cubes, cold
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp cold water
- Shred the cheese using a coarse shredder.
- Using a food processor, add the shredded cheese, butter and flour; pulse until well combined.
- Add water and continue pulsing until dough comes together.
- Shape the dough into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set pans aside.
- Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Working on a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a 10”x12” rectangle. (Note: For crispier crackers, feel free to roll the dough out a bit thinner.)
- Using a pizza wheel or sharp knife, cut the dough into 1” squares; place squares on prepared baking pans.
- Use a wooden skewer, poke a hole into the center of each square. (Note: This step is optional!)
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges of the crackers begin to turn golden brown.
- Remove pans from oven and let cool.
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