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Guest Post: Homemade Crackers!!

Submitted by on September 20, 2011 – 9:33 pm 4 Comments
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Kids seem to have a thing for crackers—at least my kids do.  If they could, they’d eat crackers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  As a mom, I want to make sure that what they put in their mouths is good for them.  And frankly, most boxed crackers fail the test.  So, what’s a momma to do?  Homemade crackers!

Here are 3 recipes for some of my kids’ favorite crackers.  They are healthy, homemade versions of their store bought counterparts, and you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry!

Cheese Squares

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp cold water
  1. In a food processor, combine flour, salt, butter, and cheese.
  2. Pulse the mixture around until it starts looking like crumbs.  You should not be able to notice distinct pieces of cheese or butter, but the crumbs should look uniform.
  3. Add water to the mixture one tablespoon at a time.  Pulse in between.
  4. Keep pulsing until the mixture clumps together and forms dough.
  5. Remove dough from food processor and place in a sealed container.  Refrigerate overnight.
  6. Roll out the dough between two sheets of wax paper.  Try to get the dough to a uniform 1/8 inch thickness.  It is okay if you cannot get it that thin, but your crackers may not be quite as crunchy.
  7. Remove top layer of wax paper and cut dough into squares. Transfer bottom layer of wax paper and crackers to a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 10 min. The crackers will appear puffy when they are done. Turn off the oven and leave crackers inside for about 15 more minutes. This will act like a dehydrator and help the crackers to get crisp without burning.

9. Remove crackers from wax paper and store in an airtight container.

Tip: You can also use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour, but the crackers tend to be flatter and not as puffy using whole wheat.

Buttery Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 10 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Keep stirring until firm dough is formed.
  2. Dump dough onto a clean countertop and knead for about one minute.
  3. Use a rolling pin to roll out dough on a sheet of wax paper that is cut to the size of your cookie sheet.
  4. Use a pizza cutter to cut dough into squares, or you can use a small biscuit cutter to make circles.
  5. Transfer bottom sheet of wax paper onto cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 15-18 min in a 400-degree oven.
  7. Remove crackers and allow oven to cool for about 10 min.
  8. Place crackers back in warm oven for about 30 more min to crisp.

Honey Graham Crackers

Ingredients:
  • 2 ¼ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup (one stick) butter, melted
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine first six ingredients.
  2. Stir in honey, water, vanilla, and melted butter. Keep stirring until dough forms.
  3. Cut two pieces of wax paper the size of your cookie sheet. Dump dough on one sheet and place other sheet on top. Use a rolling pin on top of the wax paper to roll out the dough.
  4. Remove top sheet and cut dough into rectangles using a pizza cutter.
  5. Pick up the bottom sheet of wax paper and move the dough onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees.
  6. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven for about 10 min to allow the oven to cool off a little.
  7. Place crackers back into warm oven for 30 more minutes to help them get crispy without burning. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Katie is a stay-at-home mom to a growing family that enjoys the challenges and rewards of life on a homestead.  She has a passion for cooking with natural, whole foods while finding new ways to stretch every penny in the grocery budget.  Katie enjoys teaching others what she has learned about transitioning to a healthy diet and cooking from scratch.  You can find more cooking tips and from scratch recipes using whole foods at her website Basic Cooking Tips.

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