Homemade Cheez-It Crackers

Cheez-its are one of my favorite snacks. Every time I pass them in the grocery store I feel this overwhelming need to place a box in my cart. The idea of making my own Cheez-its hit me as I was snacking on a few and thought to myself, “these can’t be that hard to make!” So like many recipes I post on this blog, I had to find a great recipe to recreate it in my own kitchen. This recipe hits the spot and is so easy to make! Real cheddar cheese is baked into each delicious cracker. If you are looking for a great snack to feed your family, give these homemade cheez-its a try-I am sure they will be a hit! :)

Homemade Cheez-It Crackers

Yield: about 40 crackers

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 (7-ounce) bag grated extra-sharp 2% Cheddar cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
4-5 tablespoons cold water

Directions:

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine flour, butter, cheese, salt, and cayenne. Pulse until crumbly. Pulse in water, a tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together.
Press into a disc and wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350º F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; Set aside.
Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Gently peel off the top layer of parchment pepper. Using a pizza cutter, trim dough into a rectangle, then cut into 2-inch squares. Using a metal spatula, transfer squares onto baking sheets.
Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, until crackers are just slightly turning light brown and are crisp. Quickly cool and taste one for crispness. If they are not crisp, bake just a few minutes longer. Once cool, store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipe Note: If crackers are soggy after storing, re-crisp them in a preheated 400º oven for 3 to 5 minutes.

Source: The Thin Chef, originally adapted from Country Living

31 Responses to “Homemade Cheez-It Crackers”

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    simplynutritiouskate — June 23, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    yum what a healthy homemade alternative!!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — June 23, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    These look way better than the store bought ones. I love how puffy they are.

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    The Café Sucré Farine — June 23, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    How fun! But your’s look so much better than Cheez-its!

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    The Teenage Taste — June 23, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Yes! Glad I found another Cheez-it lover in Blog World! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Christina! I can’t wait to make them! :-D

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    Megan — June 23, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    I absolutely love Cheez-Its! I definitely have to try to make these!

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    joann — June 23, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    You are a genius! Cheezits are one of my favorite store bought snacks! Can’t wait to try these. have missed your travel post last few days. Hope all is well.

    • Christina replied: — July 2nd, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      Joann,
      If you give them a try make sure you let me know how they turn out! :D

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    Dana@TheSundaySweet — June 23, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    This is awesome!! I love Cheez-Its! I would have never thought of making me own. I love the way you think!

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — June 23, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    these used to be my favorite growing up!!! they look fantastic :D and addicting….~~~

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    Mary Helen — June 23, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    I’ll definitely have to try this. I’ve never made crackers, but I’ve meant to give it a shot.

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    Michelle — June 23, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    What a great idea! I never would have thought to make them myself. I’ll bet they’re a lot healthier this way (and darn tasty too)!

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    Jenny — June 23, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    Love how you made your own crackers! They look so yummy :)

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    Cali — June 23, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    These are so cool and look delicious! I am definitely making a batch this weekend.

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    sweetlife — June 23, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    So cool that you made homemade cheez its, (love cheez its) a great alternative, thank you for sharing

    sweetlife
    bonne

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    Caroline — June 24, 2011 @ 12:45 am

    These look even more addicting than the store-bought Cheez-its. What a fun snack to re-create, minus the preservatives, etc!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 24, 2011 @ 4:19 am

    These look like they would melt in your mouth!

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    freshandfoodie — June 24, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    Nice! Cheez-Its are one of my favorite snacks, although I rarely buy them anymore because I have a tendency to eat way too many in one sitting. I’m sure these are even more addictive.

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    Valentina Celant — June 24, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    Yum! I don’t even really like Cheez-Its (except for the Pepperjack kind… mmm), but these look so good! And I love that they’re puffy. :)

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    Laura — June 25, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Cheez-Its are my favorite snack ever! I have to try making my own. I didn’t even think about it being a possibility. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ryan — June 25, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Oh I share your love of Cheez-Its!! They are seriously addictive to me. I love the idea of making homemade ones and these look delicious!! I’m bookmarking this to try!

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    Sara — June 26, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    White cheddar Cheez-Its are so good – I can’t wait to try these with white cheddar. Yum!

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    muppy — June 26, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    i have no idea what cheez-it is but these look yummy :)

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    Roxana GreenGirl — June 27, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    I have the same problem. I love crackers. Actually sometimes I can call it an addiction. I just have to nibble on some.
    Your homemade version sounds so great. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing

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    Sam Allen — July 11, 2011 @ 12:49 am

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    Sam Allen — July 11, 2011 @ 12:55 am

    I tweeted and am following on twitter!!

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    Sam Allen — July 11, 2011 @ 12:55 am

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    Sam Allen — July 11, 2011 @ 1:02 am

    I think a big connection how and what you eat..and how you feel after!!

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    Twee — October 23, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I have made this recipe and it was delicious!

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    Kelly C — October 25, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    I made these this weekend. My daughter has been hinting about the new jalepeno cheezits so I chopped up 1 jalepeno in 1/2 cup of water and brought to a boil and steeped it for a while before straining to put in the fridge. I used this in place of the water. It gave it a nice bite. Thanks for sharing.

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    Courtney — January 4, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    Awsome! I’ve seen Cheez-It recipes before that didn’t sound very good, but this one looks so so yummy! Definitely saving this recipe :)

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