Triple-Cheddar Crackers...

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"...Like Cheez-Its, But Better."

Someday, when I become a world famous Blogger lady and start hocking my wares across the world, that will be my tagline for these crackers. In fact, these crackers might be my (and your) ticket to stardom. They are truly, truly delicious. So cheesy and flaky and perfect in so many ways.

Did I mention that they are, like, ridiculously uncomplicated to make? In sum, you do the following:

1) Blitz your ingredients in a food processor.
2) Roll out the ingredients and use a cookie cutter to cut shapes.
3) You have the option of freezing the dough for 15 minutes before baking, but I don't see why it's necessary (unless it's hot in your kitchen, maybe?).
4) Bake the crackers.

That's it. If you can make cookies, you have this recipe down already.

Anyway, it's been decided that we're making crackers as many weekends as possible. We're a snacky couple and these are just better than store-bought crackers in every way. Make them. Make them now.

P.S. Enjoy them with or in a bowl of spicy chili, like we did tonight. My GOD is that good.

Triple-Cheddar Crackers (from The Cooking Photographer)
-1 1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
-1 teaspoon salt
-½ teaspoon paprika
-½ teaspoon onion powder
-6 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
-8 ounce package shredded triple cheddar cheese, or cheddar of choice
-2 egg yolks
-2 tablespoons water

1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. In a food processor pulse together the flour, salt, paprika and onion powder. Add the butter and process until combined. Add the cheddar and pulse until finely chopped. Process in the egg yolk and water until the mixture forms a ball.

3. Remove the dough and knead in your hands for a few turns. Roll dough to 3/8 inch thick. Stamp dough with cookie stamps or cut with cookie cutters. Place the crackers on cookie sheets.

I'm only half as cheesy when you're not here...

4. Optionally, you may freeze the crackers on the cookie sheets for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Move the cookie sheets to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Cool crackers on cooling racks. Store in an airtight container.

-Yields approximately 80 crackers, though it will depend on how large your cookie cutter is.

22 comments:

Belinda @zomppa said...

I love cheese crackers, and love these homemade ones even better. I'm going to save this to make (love the tagline!)

Jamie said...

Mmmmm I want to make these right now!!! But I will have to wait until later. They look delicious!!!

cynnerth said...

Fantastic idea! I definitely have to do this one.

Evan Thomas said...

These are adorable! Great presentation. For once "cheesy" wouldn't be an insult if you gave these as a gift on Valentine's day.

Swathi said...

Awesome cheese crackers Love it.

aipi said...

Cute heart shape..bet they are addictive :)

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Veronica Gantley said...

I will have to make these. I have a baby foot cookie cutter and want to make crackers for a baby shower.

Carolyn said...

Looks like you found yourself a delicious cracker recipe! Love the heart shape.

Joanne said...

These do seem kind of dangerously delicious. Salty cheesy crackers like this are the kind of thing I could keep eating indefinitely.

Reeni said...

Crackers are one thing I haven't made yet! These look insanely good and so cute! I used to love cheez-its.

Heather said...

Belinda - Thanks! I've been having such a cheese cracker craving lately, and these really are helping satisfy the need. :)

Jamie - They are SO delicious. I hope you try them and love them!

Mumsy - Yes, you definitely should! They're such a great snack food to have on hand (and because they're thicker than cheez-its, I feel like you eat way less in one sitting).

Evan - Haha, indeed!

Swathi - Thank you!

Aipi - They are totally addictive...in a mostly good way. :)

Veronica - I think that would be so adorable! Let me know how they work out for you. :)

Carolyn - Thanks, they are great! I can't wait to try the ones on your page, too.

Joanne - Dangerous being the key word, for sure! :)

Reeni - Ohhh, you should try them. I know you could put some super innovative twists on all sorts of cracker recipes. :)

briarrose said...

Wonderful crackers. I love the shapes. :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Heather you made my crackers!!!! Thank-you thank-you thank-you! They turned out so cute too.

Laura

Heather said...

Lauraaaaaaaa! These are so fabulous! Thank you for coming up with such a great recipe!

Christine Wu said...

Thanks for posting this! I'm making chili tonight and bored with the usual corn bread-as-companion. Might actually try this recipe later.

Stephanie said...

Cute! Perfect for V-day just around the corner, eh? ;-) Hm...I wonder if we could cut them in the shape of helmets and set them out for the Superbowl party? LOL

the happy family said...

My husband lives cheese crackers. I will have to make these for him soon!

yummy supper said...

Great Blog! And these crackers look fantastic! I love the simplicity. Must give these a try:)
-E

Kristen said...

Wow. It's like homemade cheez-its only a thousand times better. YUM!

moowiesqrd said...

Triple-cheddar crackers and beer... that's how I want to end my day today. Great post!

Bonnibella said...

I didn't realize how easy they were to make! Must try them at home.

CIA-Cooking In An Apron said...

your crackers caught my eye off foodgawker. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll make it real soon! Love Cheez-Its!

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