“Just Like Cheez-It®” Crackers

Snack guilt-free on these flaky, cheesy crackers – made with love and preservative free!

“Just Like Cheez-It®” Crackers

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 Tbs cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 8 oz of sharp cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 5 Tbs cold water
  • itty bitty cookie cutter or knife to section dough

Preparation:

1. Put flour, butter, cheese, salt, and cayenne pepper into a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until all the ingredients are combined.

2. Add water 1 Tbs at a time, and mix until the dough forms a ball in the bowl of the processor.

3. Press dough into a disk shape (to make rolling it out later a little easier), wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and gently roll until desired thickness is reached. Use a cookie cutter (mine’s a bat!) to press shapes into the dough, or use a knife to cut the dough into cracker sized squares.

5. Carefully place the cut dough on a parchment lined baking pan making sure they are at least a half inch apart. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes on a center rack until they just begin to brown. Let the crackers cool on a wire rack and taste a few. At this point they should still be slightly soft in the middle, and if that’s your thing, you’re done. If you prefer a flakier, crispier cracker, keep on reading.

6. Set oven to 250 degrees. Toss cooled crackers on a baking sheet (they can touch, overlap at this point) and bake for 15 – 10 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent any burning edges. Once the crackers reach the right level of crispness, pull them from the oven and enjoy!

Flaky layers!

Cheesy Bats!

Packaged bats!

Friends love ’em!

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