Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ZIPPY CHEESE CRACKERS

These crackers are super easy to make and are a very nice addition to any snack tray or buffet table. I used sharp cheddar cheese in this photo, but pepper jack cheese makes an excellent cracker as well.


8 ounces shredded SHARP cheddar cheese (or pepper jack)
½ cup butter at room temperature
1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper (leave out if you use pepper jack)
2 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix above ingredients with electric mixer for 1 minute. This will look dry and crumbly, but thats ok. Pour out onto counter and squeeze ingredients together; form into a nice smooth 12” log.

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least a couple hours. Cut thin slices and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Poke a few holes in each cracker with fork tines and sprinkle with a little kosher style salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely before eating.

NOTE: I usually chill my dough overnight.

NOTE: You can bake part of these and keep the rest of the dough in the fridge for up to a week (covered well).

NOTE: Original recipe said to slice these ¼” thick, but we didn’t like them at all. I sliced them a lot thinner and it was a huge improvement!!!

5 comments:

Sonya said...

Oh yum! homemade crackers are the best! bookmarked!

Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini said...

These look fantastic - we are cracker eaters around here and I am sure we'd all love them!

betty r said...

Coleen..I know I would love these!

girlichef said...

These look like the perfect crackers. I'll be saving this recipe...I know everybody in this house will gobble 'em.

Katy ~ said...

Nothing like a homemade cracker! They are so indulgent and so good!!