By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Making homemade baked cheese crackers
Crunchy or soft, tiny or large, Baked Cheese Crackers are delicious. - photo by Shannon M. Smurthwaite
Plug in the food processor, grab your favorite cookie cutters and find yourself on your way to creating baked cheese crackers, which make a great snack or tasty, crunchy companion to salads or soups.

This simple recipe calls for mild cheddar cheese, however, try preparing it with grated white, sharp or Colby. More or less of the spices can also be added to suit your taste preference. Aspiring young chefs will delight in the results of this mixture. I suggest rolling your dough to the thickness of pie crust. Cut with large or small cookie cutters, or if you have a good eye, use a pizza slicer to create tidy triangles or squares. Use fork tines to gently indent cracker dough before baking.

This recipe will yield 4 dozen small, soft crackers. Bake longer for a crispy version with a brittle bite. These freeze very well in an airtight bag or container.



1 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon fine salt

teaspoon garlic powder

teaspoon onion powder

6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cubed

8 ounces (or 2 cups) grated cheddar cheese

2 egg yolks

2 tablespoons water

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In food processor, pulse together the flour, salt, and garlic and onion powders. Add butter and cheese, and pulse until blended. Add in egg yolks and water, and pulse again until mixture forms a ball. Remove the dough and hand-knead, turning a few times.

Divide dough in half and roll between two pieces of waxed paper to about the thickness of a pie crust. Cut with cookie cutters, large or small. Place crackers on cookie sheet and chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Heat oven to 325 degrees, and bake for 20 minutes. Slide parchment paper onto cooling racks. Cooking times vary with altitude; carefully watch the baking time when making baked cheese crackers for the first time.
Sign up for our E-Newsletters