recipe

Make a splash with these homemade cheesy crackers!

safety
  • Uses the oven
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 1 hour, plus cooling time
yield
  • Makes 100 to 125 crackers

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Prepare Ingredients

¾ cup
shredded extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
½ cup (2½ ounces)
all-purpose flour, plus extra for counter
1 teaspoon
cornstarch
⅛ teaspoon
salt
3 tablespoons
unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces and chilled
1 tablespoon
cold water

Gather Cooking Equipment

Rimmed baking sheet
Parchment paper
Food processor
Rolling pin
Ruler
Fish cracker cutter
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
1
 
¾ cup
shredded extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
½ cup (2½ ounces)
all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon
cornstarch
⅛ teaspoon
salt

Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Add cheddar, flour, cornstarch, and salt to food processor and lock lid into place. Turn on processor and process until mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds. Stop processor and remove lid.

 
2
 
3 tablespoons
unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces and chilled

Add chilled butter to food processor, lock lid back into place, and process until mixture looks like wet sand, about 20 seconds. Stop processor and remove lid.

 
3
 
1 tablespoon
cold water

Add water to processor and lock lid back into place. Hold down pulse button for 1 second, then release. Repeat until dough forms large clumps, about five 1-second pulses.

 
4
 

Remove lid and carefully remove processor blade (ask an adult for help). Sprinkle a little flour on counter. Transfer dough to lightly floured counter.

 
5
 

Gently knead dough for about 20 seconds, then use rolling pin to roll dough into rough 10-inch circle.

Kneading fish crackers

Transfer dough to lightly floured counter. Gently knead dough together, about 20 seconds.

Use rolling pin to roll dough into rough 10-inch circle, about ⅛ inch thick, rotating dough a quarter turn and reflouring counter between rolls as needed.

 
6
 

Use fish cracker cutter to cut out fish. Place fish on parchment paper-lined baking sheet (fish can be close together, but not touching).

Cutting out fish crackers

Use fish cracker cutter to cut out fish as close together as you can.

Place fish on parchment paper–lined baking sheet (they can be close together, but not touching).

 
7
 

Sprinkle counter with a little more flour. Gather dough scraps together and repeat rolling and cutting dough until only tiny scraps remain (discard scraps).

 
8
 

Place baking sheet in refrigerator and chill for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.

 
9
 

Once chilled, place baking sheet in oven and bake until crackers are puffed and firm, 14 to 16 minutes.

 
10
 

Use oven mitts to remove baking sheet from oven (ask an adult for help). Place baking sheet on cooling rack. Let crackers cool completely on baking sheet, about 15 minutes. Serve.