Feb 24, 2012

Homemade Cheez-its

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I’ve had this recipe saved forever and I was determined to make my own crackers recently.  I could not believe how simple they were to make.  When I finished them and tasted the first one – I was so excited I put some in a small bowl and brought them to my husband to try.  He proceeds to tell me that he doesn’t like cheez-its and that he as never liked cheez-its!  That was the first time I had ever heard that from him!  I guess you can be together almost 10 years and still learn something new about each other.    Didn’t matter – all that meant is that I got to enjoy more of these for myself.   If you are a cheez-it fan – definitely try these and thank me later.  Enjoy!

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  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into small squares
  • 8 oz. grated extra-sharp 2% cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt, for sprinkling


1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients (except extra kosher salt) and pulse until crumbly.

2. Add cold water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until dough comes together (I used 3 Tbsp. of water). Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes until chilled.

3. Roll out dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment paper (in two batches). Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Use a pizza cutter to cut into 1-inch squares. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

4. Bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

5. Remove from oven when crisp and brown. Allow to cool and serve or store in an airtight container.

Source: The Sweets Life

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  1. I don't like Cheez-its ... that is true.

  2. For some reason cheez-its are one of those things that I claim I don't like until I have a box of them in front of me. Then I manage to eat every last one. THESE on the other hand look like I would not only demolish the entire batch but also brag about how awesome they are.

  3. I haven't had cheez-its for years, but I always loved them as a kid. I bet I would enjoy these!

  4. These were just delicious. I made them with my favorite cheese - a Vermont Sharp Cheddar just from Stop and Shop! - and they were just soooo tasty! What an awesome post. Thank you!

  5. making these this weekend - thanks!

  6. I like the recipe and know they would taste great but...I am allergic to wheat and cheese. Enjoy them for me.

  7. new dx of diabetes, so im gonna try these with whole wheat flour...i am mourning for the loss of my relationship with cheeze its, thanks for the extra hope!! :)

  8. so glad you enjoyed! these look great :)

  9. oh how i love thee cheez-its... another amazing recipe i must make soon!

  10. I love cheez-its! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing it with us!