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How to Make Homemade Cheese Crackers That Parents and Kids Will Love
Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction (and her eighteen-month-old daughter) fully approve of this finger food recipe from our Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook.
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We’ve opened our test kitchen for the first time ever to include the youngest of foodies: babies and toddlers. From purees to smoothies to family meals that everyone can enjoy, The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook includes the very best (kitchen-tested!) recipes to get you through the early years. Whether you're looking for ways to introduce your child to solid foods or engage kids in the kitchen, this is the essential cookbook young families need.


 

As babies become toddlers, the desire for independence is one of the defining factors of their day-to-day life (and yours). One way to express this desire is through food. Toddlers want to feed themselves (until, you know, they suddenly don’t). One of the best ways to provide the opportunity? Finger foods.

If anyone can get you excited about making tasty finger foods at home, it’s Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Her detailed descriptions, paired with her beautiful food photography, will make you want to try every recipe on her blog.

After receiving a copy of The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook, Sally shared our Cheese Crackers recipe with her readers. They’re the perfect finger food for kids and adults alike, evidenced in the photo below where you can see both Sally’s and her young daughter’s hands going for this tasty snack.

Homemade cheese crackers
Homemade cheese crackers
This book gets my full support, especially for busy first-time parents. —Sally from Sally's Baking Addiction

While we love eating store-bought cheese crackers (who doesn’t?), we wanted a homemade option–with real cheese and no preservatives. The dough for these crackers proved to be surprisingly simple. We mixed cheese, flour, butter, a little cornstarch, a touch of salt, and a spoonful of water in the food processor. After a stint in the refrigerator, the dough was easy to roll out and cut into perfectly shaped individual crackers.

“The dough comes together in a few minutes,” Sally wrote on her blog. “Then after about 45 minutes of chilling, roll it out, cut into squares, and bake for 16-20ish minutes. Yes, it’s that easy.”

Homemade cheese crackers

From yummy finger foods (like these Cheese Crackers) to delicious smoothies to surprisingly simple lunches, The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook will grow with your little ones.  

“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,” Sally wrote. “This book gets my full support, especially for busy first-time parents.”


What’s your favorite finger food to share with your child? Let us know in the comments! For the recipe for Cheese Crackers, read Sally’s post. And for more from The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook, read these posts:

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