The kids are back in school, and it’s time to stock up on after-school snacks again. I’m all for everything in moderation, and that includes processed foods like packaged Cheez-It crackers, every once in a while. But the ingredient list on packaged foods continues to give me hives — mentally, and physically.
I keep seeing homemade Cheez-It crackers recipes all over the internet, including Pinterest, so I decided to give them a try.
In terms of ingredients, you can’t get much simpler than this — there are four ingredients total: sharp cheddar cheese, flour, butter, salt. Easy peasy.
You start by simply tossing all ingredients into a food processor. Again: simple enough. I love it!
But then, the work begins.
You form two disks with the dough and refrigerate them for about 30 minutes. Then you take them out, roll them, use a pastry wheel to cut them into cute little squares, then refrigerate them again for about 10 minutes. Maybe you’re more talented (and surely more patient) than I am, but I found it difficult to roll that pastry wheel into straight lines.
You then take the cute little squares (or in my case, some squares, rectangles, and even circles — oops) out of the refrigerator and place them onto a baking sheet (I always use a Silpat on top of a perforated sheet).
Bake these at 350 degrees for about 9-11 minutes.
I would definitely make these again. I may also buy the packaged version again. The return on investment on these tasty crackers (and they are tasty) may not be worth it for most busy moms. I wouldn’t do these on a weeknight after work; they’re definitely a weekend project.
These homemade Cheez-It crackers should stay fresh if kept in an airtight container for up to a week.
Happy back-to-school season, everyone!
Homemade Cheez-It Crackers