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When I was a little girl, I loved eating the cheese crackers that my mum would bring home as a surprise for us.
Naturally, I wanted to try making my own at home – and I was amazed at how easy they are to make.
If you’ve never made your own before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. This recipe is extremely simple and you can make an entire batch in just 30 minutes, with just a handful of ingredients.
All you need is some all-purpose flour, salt, Parmesan cheese, butter, heavy cream, and fresh rosemary.
With a bit of mixing and rolling you’ll bring the ingredients together to form the dough, which you will cut out into rectangles and then bake. It’s really as simple as that!
This recipe yields between 30 to 40 crackers per batch, and you can easily double or triple the recipe as needed.
These will keep well in an airtight container for up to a week, but I honestly doubt they will last that long! In my house, a batch of these never last more than an afternoon!
The rosemary is optional, or you can replace it with your favorite combination of fresh or dried herbs.
I suggest making a delicious party appetizer with whipped cream cheese and freshly chopped chives. This combination is divine.
Or, include them with charcuterie or your very own meat and cheese board!
Are you set to bake your own homemade crackers? Let’s head straight to the recipe!
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Preheat Oven and Prepare Mise en Place
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Get your ingredients ready.
Measure out the flour, salt, Parmesan cheese, butter, heavy cream, and fresh rosemary.
Feel free to leave out the rosemary or replace it with a different type of herbs, if you prefer.
Step 2 – Prepare the Dough
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, cheese, and butter.
Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or two knives until you get a sand-like mixture.
Add the cream and mix well with a wooden spoon until a uniform dough is formed.
Step 3 – Cut It Out
Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper with flour and use a floured rolling pin to roll out the dough to ¼-inch thick.
Cut the dough into 30-40 small rectangles, or diamond shapes of equal size. This will help them to bake evenly.
Transfer the crackers to the preparing baking sheet, making sure to leave at least 1 inch of space between each cracker.
Step 3 – Prep and Season
Poke holes in each cracker with a fork, in a checkerboard pattern. This helps them to bake evenly and releases steam during baking.
Sprinkle the tops with salt and chopped fresh rosemary. A coarse or flaked salt is great for this, like Maldon, sel gris, or fleur de sel.
Use your fingers to press the chopped rosemary down lightly into the dough.
Step 4 – Bake Until Golden Brown
Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Allow the crackers to cool completely on the baking sheet before eating or storing in an airtight container.
Tuck in and Enjoy!
I like to serve these crackers as an appetizer before meals, and they’re excellent spread with a soft, fresh cheese or pate. These tasty snacks store well for at least a week in an airtight container.
Have you tried making your own homemade crackers before? Let us know how it went in the comments below!
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About Felicia Lim
Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.