Homemade Cheese Crackers

Make homemade cheese crackers with only 6 ingredients. These crisp crackers are a simple take-anywhere snack and have the most unbelievable salty, cheesy flavor. You’ll appreciate the straightforward instructions and quick baking time!

overhead picture of homemade cheese crackers

What’s on the menu today? CHEESE.

Store-bought crackers are obviously delicious– there’s no denying the lure of Cheese-Itz!

But did you know that you only need 6 ingredients to make cheese crackers at home? Using real cheese and zero added preservatives, you can make homemade cheese crackers with cheese, flour, cornstarch, salt, butter, and water. The dough comes together in a few minutes, then after about 45 minutes of chilling, roll it out, cut into squares, and bake for 16-20ish minutes. Yes, it’s that easy.

bowls of homemade cheese crackers

(Noelle makes her debut in my food photography!) 🙂

ATK’s Baby & Toddler Cookbook

This recipe comes straight from a new cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen called The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook. This book is packed with baby food recipes, toddler-friendly recipes, and family-loved EASY meals that have all been developed by test cooks with the guidance from a pediatric dietician and a pediatrician. The book starts with baby’s first single food purees, moving along to multiple food puree recipes, then 9+ month finger foods and recipes. There’s also 18+ month smoothies, dinner recipes that baby and toddler can enjoy, preschool lunches, and a chapter dedicated to cooking with kids. Here a list of what else I love and if you’re a parent or caregiver, I know you’ll appreciate these too:

  • highlights allergens at the beginning of each recipe
  • recipes organized by age
  • colorful photos of each recipe
  • “why this recipe works” snapshot for each
  • simple ingredient lists
  • tips for babies, tips for toddlers, and tips for “how your child can help”

If you’re a parent or caregiver, you have a lot on your mind– and I appreciate that this book offers dozens of homemade ideas, while encouraging the family to get in the kitchen. We’ve already tried the parmesan chicken cutlets, turkey veggie burgers, zucchini carrot fritters, peach spinach smoothie, and homemade cheese crackers. And I’ve already bought copies for 3 of my friends who are first time moms! This book gets my full support, especially for busy first-time parents. (While I was sent this cookbook, I’m not being paid to write this post– I genuinely LOVE the book.)

The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen

How to Make Homemade Cheese Crackers

Turns out that homemade cheese crackers are surprisingly simple! My #1 tip is to use a block of real cheddar cheese that you freshly grate at home since it has more flavor than pre-shredded cheeses. I recommend a sharp yellow cheddar, but you can use mild or even white cheddar cheese. I doubled the recipe in the cookbook and the recipe below reflects that. It’s a very easy recipe to double or halve, depending how many mouths are hungry!

  1. Pulse ingredients together in food processor. Pulse the dry ingredients together, then pulse in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand. Add cold water and pulse until the dough forms large clumps, pictured below.
  2. Pat into a square. Pat the dough into a rough 6-inch square so that you can wrap it up and chill it. Since I doubled this recipe, I divided the dough in 2 and patted each into separate squares. Wrap each in plastic wrap.
  3. Chill for 45 minutes. Chill the wrapped doughs. Without chilling, the crackers lose their shape in the oven. You can chill the dough for up to 2 days.
  4. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick. Roll the chilled squares into thinner squares. They’re really easy to roll out since they chilled in a square shape.
  5. Slice into 1 inch crackers. Using a pizza cutter, small sharp knife, or fluted pastry wheel, cut each square into 64 1-inch squares. I used a fluted pastry wheel to mimic the fluted edge of the store-bought version.
  6. Bake. Bake until golden brown around the edges, about 16-20 minutes.

Homemade cheese crackers ingredients

A food processor is key to this recipe. I recommend this one or this one. Different price points, but both are great products and suitable for this recipe.

cracker ingredients in food processor

As I patted it into squares, I noticed the dough felt a little dry. Have a little extra cold water nearby to moisten your fingers if needed. After you pat the dough into 6-inch squares, wrap it up and refrigerate it for 45 minutes.

Cheese cracker dough

After refrigerating, roll each square out until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Trim the sides so they’re straight, then cut into squares. I use a fluted pastry wheel.

Cheese cracker dough

If desired, poke a hole in the center of each square. Use a skewer or large toothpick.

cheddar crackers before baking

Before baking, I topped the crackers with a little sea salt! These crackers are obviously not the healthiest snack, but I feel better serving them compared to the store-bought versions. I know exactly what’s in them and they certainly make a fun homemade treat.

Are They Crunchy?

So, are these homemade cheese crackers crunchy? They can be, yes! I found that if I slightly extended the bake time to about 19-20 minutes, the crackers had a crunch comparable to the store-bought version. If you prefer a slightly softer cracker, stick with about 16 minutes. I personally loved the softer texture!

Keep in mind that since there’s no added preservatives, the crackers will soften up after a couple days. Store them in a loosely covered container to maintain some crunchiness. However, I’m not sure how much “storing” instructions you’ll need– I’m certain 1 batch won’t last more than an hour. These homemade crackers are truly addicting.

Homemade cheddar cheese crackers

bowls of homemade cheddar crackers

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Homemade cheddar cheese crackers

Homemade Cheese Crackers

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 128 small crackers
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Make homemade cheese crackers with only 6 ingredients! Chilling the dough for 45 minutes is important– the crackers won’t hold their shape otherwise. You’ll appreciate the straightforward instructions and quick baking time!


Ingredients

  • 6 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded (1 and 1/2 cups shredded)*
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons cold water
  • optional: sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Process cheddar cheese, flour, cornstarch, and salt together in a food processor until combined, about 30 seconds. Add butter and process until mixture resembles wet sand, about 20 seconds. Add water and pulse until dough forms large clumps, about 10 pulses.
  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Divide in half and pat each into a 6-inch square. (No need to use a rolling pin, just pat with hands.) If the dough feels dry, moisten your fingers with cold water. Carefully wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes and up to 2 days.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  4. Unwrap each dough square. Place each on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 9-inch square. Doesn’t need to be perfect! Using a fluted pastry wheel, pizza cutter, or small sharp knife, trim dough into a neat 8 inch square. Slice square into 8 strips, each 1 inch wide, then make 8 perpendicular slices, each 1 inch wide. Each 8-inch square will have 64 squares (crackers).
  5. Place squares on prepared baking sheet. Use a skewer or large toothpick to poke a hole through the center of each. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Bake until golden brown around the edges, about 16-18 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through baking. For crunchier crackers, bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely on the baking sheet before serving.
  7. Store leftover crackers at room temperature. If tightly sealed, they’ll lose their crunch. Feel free to keep the lid slightly ajar to maintain some crunchiness.

Notes

  1. Instead of classic yellow cheddar, white cheddar is a wonderful substitute. In fact, any medium-hard cheese is great. Avoid soft cheeses.
  2. I doubled the recipe found in the cookbook. Feel free to halve this recipe to yield less crackers or double the recipe for more. The original recipe (which is half of this one) calls for 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, but I found 2 teaspoons made the crackers too soft. I reduced the double recipe to 1 and 1/2 teaspoons.
  3. Special Tools: Food Processor – this one or this one, Baking Sheet, Rolling Pin, Fluted Pastry Wheel

Recipe reprinted in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen from The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook

Keywords: cheddar cheese, snack

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63 Comments

  1. Hi Sally,
    Question for you…I’m going to make these today, and instead of squares, I was thinking about using mini cookie cutters and making fun shapes…..just cause! Can the dough scraps be rolled out again, or would that ruin the texture? Sometimes when I roll scraps of cookie dough, the end product ends up with air bubbles and I can’t decorate them; didn’t know if the same would apply here. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa! Small shapes would be fun! Make sure the shaped dough is sufficiently chilled before baking to ensure the crackers hold the shape. You can re-roll the scraps, yes!

      1. Watch out for re-rolling if you use normal flour. The gluten will develop with additional kneading and it will turn them tough.

  2. I used whole wheat for a quarter of the flour, and sprinkled the crackers with a little parmesan before baking. Turned out great…thanks for the recipe!

  3. I made these while friends were over and they were very skeptical but ended up loving them! Even my very healthy brother ate quite a few! Thanks for another solid recipe! I love that they taste much cleaner than my typical snacks!

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