Homemade Seasoned & Cheese Crackers


During the summer months I tend to not perform much baking, preferring for fresh or grilled dishes.  I'm sure many of you can attest to the agony of a hot stove adding to an already summery house.  But as cooler temperatures continue to set in, I'm happy to be cozied up to my stove as she helps me churn out breads & roasts while simultaneously warming the house. 

Yesterday was particularly dreary, so I turned to my faithfully delicious (& easy) homemade seasoned & cheese crackers.  These taste so amazing fresh out of the oven & can be kept up to 5 days in an airtight container, but being honest, I don't think ours have ever lasted more than 2 days. Not to mention the aroma these give off is positively mouthwatering.  

I will repeat these are so easy to make...as in, you can make a batch of these quicker than you can drive to the store to purchase a prepackaged, additive-filled, (& less delicious) box.





I will note that the seasoning I use is a blend called Arizona Dreaming by Penzey's Spices.  It's a salt free wonderful blend of South of the Border flavors. I purchased it on a whim last time I was in a brick & mortar shop, & it is hands down one of my favorite go-to spice blends.  It tastes amazing on meats, eggs, cheeses, & these crackers.  I do recommend trying this blend!  If however, you do not possess Arizona Dreaming in your spice cabinet, any southwestern or Mexican spice blend would do the trick.  If you do not own any blends whatsoever, plain salt is a lovely classic option.  Also, you will need a food processor for this particular recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 (8 oz.) bag of cheddar cheese (I prefer sharp)
  2. 2 cups AP flour
  3. 4 tbsp cold butter, cut into chunks
  4. 2 tsp. seasoned blend (if using)
  5. 4 tbsp ice water

Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Throw the first 4 ingredients into your food processor & blend until the mixture resembles sand. 
  3. Add ice water (careful to not add the ice) into the mixture one by one, blending a little between each tablespoon.  The mixture will start to form together.
  4. Deposit the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough down to a quarter inch thick.  Using a pizza cutter (or knife if you prefer), cut each cracker to 1" squares. Try to not get too caught up in the dimensions.  I personally feel like a few uneven ones give these crackers that authentic homemade look.
  5. Using a chopstick or skewer, poke a small hole into the center of each cracker & place on your baking sheet.
  6. (Optional) Sprinkle a pinch of salt on each cracker.
  7. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.  Allow time to fully cool before storing them in an airtight container.  But trust me, you don't have to wait that long before enjoying a few!








**Please note: This recipe is my adapted version of this one. 




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