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.

2 images of cheese 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 shaped into squares

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.

2 images of cheese cracker dough in large squares and cut into crackers

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

cheddar crackers before baking on baking sheet

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


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!


  • 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


  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 for up to 1 week. If tightly sealed, they’ll lose their crunch. Feel free to keep the lid slightly ajar to maintain some crunchiness.


  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


  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!

  4. Katie Hoffman says:

    These were so yummy, even my picky kiddos loved them!

  5. Can these be made with mozzarella?

    1. Absolutely! Same amount.

      1. Could these be made without cheese?

  6. So yummy and easy. Looking forward to tweaking with seasonings and different cheeses.

  7. These are so delicious and very easy to make! The soft crackers are great, but I recommend a couple of extra minutes for the crispy version. These actually taste better than cheez-its, which are one of my favorite snacks.

  8. janice laforest says:

    I made these cheese cracker just now what beautiful crackers never to buy crackers again at the grocery store ,my grand kids will go wild when they get home from school there always hunger after a hard day at school , always trying new things love this recipe using this all the time from now on thanks ..grandma Pye

  9. I was comparing a few different recipes for these cheese crackers. Yours is the only one that uses corn starch. What does that ingredient do for the recipe?

    1. Can I make these without a food processor ? Can you tell me how to mix them instead ? Thank you

      1. A food processor is key to this recipe. In a pinch, you can try using a pastry cutter to bring all the ingredients together.

      2. My food processor just broke so I used my kitchenaid mixture with the paddle attachment! I just mixed the first 4 ingredients on medium low speed and then added the butter and eventually it all comes together just like when I made it wiht the food processor!

  10. Laila Huijsmans says:

    Hi Sally. I have made many of your recipes, which have all been beautiful!. I am making the teacher Xmas gifts soon, so experimenting with recipes. I am making a hamper, including home infused gin, plum chutney and want to include some crackers. How long will these keep?

    1. Hi Laila, Since there’s no added preservatives, the crackers will soften up after a couple days. I recommend making them just before gifting them.

  11. These are amazing. The first batch I rolled them out too thick, but they were delicious anyway. They came out like little cheesy puff pastry bites. I was more careful with the second batch and measured them out and they were more cracker-like. I’ve been looking for more creative ways to send cheese in my toddler’s lunchbox. He loves these!

  12. Hi Sally,
    Will it work when I put a little chopped (very small bits) jalapeno in the crackers ?
    Fresh or from a jar?
    Thanks X.

    1. I haven’t tried this but I bet it would be delicious! I would try fresh jalapeno so that you aren’t adding extra liquid. Let me know if you try it!

  13. Laura Jane Wright says:

    Hi Sally! Do you know if these would freeze well? Interested in making multiple batches for Christmas, but would need to freeze them since Christmas is still nearly four weeks away. Thoughts?

    1. Yes you can definitely freeze the baked and cooled crackers. When they thaw, however, they won’t be as crunchy as they are fresh out of the oven.

      1. Laura Jane Wright says:

        Thanks Sally! Well then once thawed, I think popping back into the oven for a few minutes would crisp them up again.

  14. Just perfect ! BUT… I need to double your recipe 😀

  15. Flavor is good, but even will chilling the dough mine spread out all over the place making one giant cheese cracker I guess they got too warm when I was slicing them and I should have rechilled the dough. Thought it went pretty quickly, but the results indicate otherwise. Chill and chill again. Will try again.

  16. Hey Sally! I just made these crackers and I can’t believe how easy they were to do. I was afraid my little food processor was going to be too small but it was perfect for these. They really do taste like Cheez its! So good. My chip-chomping 6-year-old is going to devour these when he gets home. If I don’t eat them all myself first, haha. As always, thank you for sharing.

    1. Yay! Whitney, I’m so glad you tried them and enjoyed them!

  17. Hi Sally,
    I have made several of your recipes and they have ALL been a Big Hit! Can I make the crackers gluten free? If so,
    what flour or other ingredients would be suggested?

    1. Hi Diana, I’m so happy you have been enjoying my recipes! I haven’t tested these crackers with gluten free flour but let me know if you try!

  18. I absolutely loved these cheesy crackers. I am not a baker, and, with your simple recipe I can now make my own crackers. Thank you! I look forward to trying more recipes.

  19. Heather L Riggle says:

    Can you make these wit margarine instead of butter? Thanks by the way

    1. Hi Heather, Margarine usually contains more water and less fat than butter and is not a good substitute in baking. I fear the crackers would spread out too thin and crisp up too quickly.

  20. Hi, I was just wondering how long these will keep out on the counter do you think?

    1. Store leftover crackers at room temperature for up to 1 week. If tightly sealed, they’ll lose their crunch. Feel free to keep the lid slightly ajar to maintain some crunchiness.

  21. So good!!! Thank so much for the great recipe and easy-to-follow directions! Such a big hit in our house!

  22. Roza Shokooh says:

    I don’t often post reviews. Im a fairly experienced home baker but these days I’m looking for easier recipes to make with my toddler. I’m so happy I found this recipe. Not too many ingredients, my toddler was able to do most of the initial steps herself (with some help) she had so much fun! I halved the batch not being sure if she would like them but she ate half immediately. I used a mix of aged cheddar and gruyere. Thank you do much for the wonderful recipe!!

    1. I’m so glad you decided to give this recipe a try, Roza!

  23. When I saw how simple the ingredients list is for these, I knew right away I would love them! I just made (and devoured!) a batch with smoked cheddar and smoked paprika.. DELICIOUS!

  24. Made these for the first time and they were fantastic!! Some notes others might find helpful—
    1. I left half the dough in the fridge overnight & made them the next day just fine.
    2. No adverse effects from re-rolling the scraps. We wasted nothing!!
    3. Definitely cook them the full 20 min.
    4. We experimented with tiny animal shaped cookie cutters & they turned out perfectly. I chilled the dough again after cutting out the shapes before putting them in the oven.

  25. Katherine Shea says:

    Hi Sally! I am curious if you think I can wrap the dough in Bee’s wrap before putting it in the fridge. I don’t have saran wrap anymore. Thank you!

  26. Are there any substitutions available for cornstarch? Thanks!

  27. So I had some leftover that didn’t fit on my sheet, so I air fried them and OMG. 350 for 7 minutes and I think it’s even better than out of the oven!

  28. Thank you so much for including grams and weight measurements, there are few things I like less than trying to measure out a cup of butter.

  29. I never ever comment on anything ever but I had to come and say that this is the BEST recipe! I made these for my fiancé and the whole house smells amazing. He looked at the container and just says “oh no I’m going to eat them all…”.

    Thank you!!

  30. Any idea if this will work with powdered cheese?

    1. I recommend sticking to a block of real cheese that you grate yourslef!

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