Cheese Crackers (for kids and adults)

Serves 12

The cayenne pepper in this recipe will make adults very happy, but young

palates will prefer crackers san spice. Trying to please everyone? Make the

dough without cayenne pepper and make as many crackers as you would like

for the kids. When ready to make adult crackers, stir cayenne pepper to taste

into the flour that you are using to dust the dough while rolling it out. It adds

just the right amount of spice to the remaining crackers and saves you from

making another batch!

1/2 lb grated extra sharp cheddar cheese

1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into thin slices

1 cup all purpose flour, more for dusting

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Cayenne pepper (optional - to taste)

Special equipment: cookie cutters, pizza wheel or pastry wheel, rolling pin,

pastry brush, food processor, parchment paper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment


Combine the grated cheese, the butter pieces, flour, and kosher salt in a food

processor. Pulse until the dough comes together in a ball. The dough will appear

crumbly and dry and you’ll worry that it won’t come together. Keep the faith and

keep pulsing your food processor - it will eventually come together.

Generously dust a counter with flour. Divide the dough in half. Working with

one half at a time, roll it out to 1/4-inch thickness. The dough will be sticky so

for best results use a pastry brush to apply flour evenly. After every two rolls with

a rolling pin, brush the dough with flour and then carefully turn it over. Brush

again with flour before giving it another two rolls with the rolling pin. Repeat

until the dough is 1/4-inch thick.

Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes or simply cut the dough into thin

strips using a pizza or pastry wheel. Place the crackers on the prepared baking

sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the crackers turn golden brown around

the edges. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and let cool for 3 minutes

before transferringSavory Cheese Crackers for Kids and Adults