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Homemade Cheese Crackers

Homemade Cheese Crackers

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 14-16 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 14-16 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x

Use a food processor to do the work to make the dough for these homemade cheese crackers. Try a blend of cheeses including cheddar, jack, Parmesan and Asiago.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for sprinkling crackers
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 71/2 ounces (about 31/2 cups) finely grated cheese (cheddar, jack, Parmesan, Asiago)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, baking, powder and salt. Add the butter and cheese and pulse into a crumbly dough. Mix in 2 tablespoons of water. The dough should hold together when squeezed. If not, add up to 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Divide the dough in half and pat into a rectangle. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Roll out one rectangle of dough at a time until it is just less than 1/8-inch thick. Using a fluted pastry wheel, cut into 3/4-inch-wide strips and then cut into perpendicular 3/4-inch-wide strips. Use a skewer to poke a hole into the center of each square. Chill in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  5. Brush the frozen crackers with egg white and sprinkle with salt. Use an offset spatula to transfer them to the prepared sheet pans and carefully break them apart. Bake for 14-16 minutes until the crackers are puffed up and golden brown. If the crackers are fully frozen, they will need to be baked longer.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Adapted from Food52