cheese crackers

I made these cheese crackers a while ago, inspired by Hannah’s version at Honey & Jam, looking for something to snack on one night. And the fact that I’ve waited so long to tell you about them has nothing to do with how savory and soft they were, like Cheese Nips but better!, and much more to do with how short my attention span is becoming.

Like, right now: as this post publishes, while you’re reading about these cheese crackers, I am either on my way to or at the airport, headed to Florida, not two weeks after returning from Nashville. I’m going to see some friends and their families, as well as attend (at least if the weather cooperates) the Kumquat Festival in Dade City.

I mean, really. The Kumquat Festival?

I don’t even know how this all happened except that my friends Elizabeth and Rachel, both of whom I lived with in college but at different colleges in different states, now live in the same place and that place is Florida and, I don’t know if you’re aware, but it’s freezing cold and snowy here, so Florida is definitely the place to go to for the weekend.

cheese crackers and milk

I’ll be back next week, hopefully with lots to tell you about kumquats and sunshine and weather that does not require a winter coat, but until then, I’ll leave you with these.




Cheese Crackers
Adapted from Honey & Jam

Similar to those graham crackers of a few days ago, these cheddar crackers are as simple as mixing in the food processor, chilling dough, rolling out and cutting crackers and baking. I made them with whole wheat pastry flour because that’s me, but you could easily substitute unbleached all-purpose.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick or 2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces?
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika?
1 tablespoon half-and-half (I used heavy cream)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt, paprika and red pepper, pulsing until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Add the cream and process until the dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds (or you could also use a pastry cutter and do it by hand).

Shape the dough into a flat round (or into a log, like Hannah did, which makes for quick slicing later), cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (at least an hour, up to a day) or to be quick, freeze for 20 minutes (what I did).

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Remove the dough from the fridge, roll out with a floured rolling pin, and cut out shapes (I used the bottom of a mason jar). If you shaped it into a log, then you could just slice it thinly and arrange the slices on the prepared sheet. You will need to work in batches; return the dough to the fridge between batches.

Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, depending on your oven and the thickness of your slices, until golden. Let the cheese thins rest on the baking sheet for a minute before transferring them to a cooling rack.

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Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Kim

    Yum! You have the best recipes for quick crackery things! I love that you can just duck out to Florida for the weekend…I forget that things like that are easier on the other side of the country.

  2. Jennifer

    Those crackers look great!! The Kumquat Festival makes me laugh. That is so Florida. In the last year here in Florida, I’ve been to a Greek festival, sausage festival, seafood festival, shrimp festival, “scratch ankle” festival (?!?), etc. If it exists, we have a festival for it! So funny.

  3. Shannalee

    Antonietta, If only I were a drinker! Anything else you can recommend with kumquats would be great though – I have a bag of them (that I bought for $1!!)

    rachel, it was SO good to see you! thanks for cooking with me and hanging out. love those kids.

    Kim, I love it too. Such a nice getaway.

    Jennifer, It was just what you’d expect, but we had fun!

    Niki, Haha time flies! Would love to hear about your cheesecake!

    JessieV, Oh, a garlic festival sounds fantastic!

  4. clare

    I found that after I read this post, I couldn’t get the idea of homemade crackers out of my head. I put the idea aside, however, until a worthwhile opportunity presented itself. Three days ago I few to Portland, OR from Raleigh, NC and decided the night before to make the cheese crackers I read about on your blog for my no-lunch-included flight (in addition to a yummy homemade sandwich). They were delicious, and were especially enjoyed by the friends I am visiting–who had been meaning to make homemade crackers for a while now, too.

  5. NS

    Wow– you travel a lot! Does your job allow you to travel like this? Tell me what you do for a living and who is your employer! Are they hiring?! :)
    PS– I can’t wait to try your cheese crackers!

  6. Shannalee

    NS, Ha! I don’t travel for my job, just for fun, and that’s basically by trying to save my vacation days and finding good deals and being flexible with my schedule. I do love going to new places, and I basically can’t ever turn a trip down. :) Hope you enjoy these crackers!

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