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Homemade Cheese Crackers

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Yield: about 60 crackers 1x


When a serious snack attack strikes, fight back with these homemade cheese crackers. Each bite is a savory eruption of sharp cheddar and spice.



  • 1 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cold half-and-half or heavy cream


  1. In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt, paprika, and cayenne, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Add the half-and-half and continue pulsing until the dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds.
  3. Cover the dough ball with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about an hour (or up to a day).
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with foil, parchment paper, or a silicone baking mat.
  5. Dust a clean work surface or cutting board with flour.
  6. Roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness and cut into evenly-sized squares. Cut a small X in the center of each cracker. Arrange on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and allow  to rest for several minutes, and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

  • Category: Crackers
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Keywords: cheddar, cheese crackers, savory snacks, Cheez-Its