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Cheese Crackers

I love cheese crackers.  I try to put the blame on my children as the reason I buy them, but the simple truth is, I buy them for me and the kiddos get the benefit from it.  Whether it’s Cheese Nips, Cheez-It’s, Better Cheddars or Goldfish, I like them all.  So, when I saw a recipe in the 4 Ingredients Cookbook for cheese crackers, I decided to try it myself.

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Oh. My. Goodness.  These cheese crackers are absolutely delicious and the best part is they were simple to make and they don’t require many ingredients. To me, that is success.  And since we all thought these were incredibly tasty, I wanted to share the recipe.

Like I mentioned, there are only four ingredients.  You’ll need butter, grated cheese, flour and chili powder.  That’s it. Well, I ended up needing about a teaspoon of water but I think that was because my butter wasn’t “soft” enough.  So, go get your electric mixer and get started!

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Once you have your dough (see below for recipe), shape the dough into a cylinder about 1″ in diameter and wrap in wax paper.  Refrigerate for about 2 hours so that when you slice it, the dough doesn’t stick to the knife.  I cut my slices a little thick this time, but next time I’ll make them a bit thinner.  Place the sliced dough unto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place into your preheated oven.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown and then transfer to a rack to cool.

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This recipe doesn’t make a large quantity but it can easily be doubled or even tripled to make bigger quantities.  My children absolutely loved them and to be perfectly honest, I’d prefer they eat these over store-bought varieties.

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Cheese Crackers
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Cheese Crackers so easy you can make them at home.
Recipe type: Snack
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter (1/2 stick), softened
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • ⅓ Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon Chili Powder
  1. With an electric mixer, cream butter until soft. Stir in the remaining ingredients to form a dough.
  2. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and shape into a cylinder about 1" in diameter. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for one to two hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Slice the dough into ¼" or thinner rounds and place on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
You may need one teaspoon of water if the mixture isn't forming into a dough.
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    Oh yummy! I am going to have to try these!

  2. 2

    Mmmm. These look good! My son loves cheese it style crackers and will tear his way through a box-I’m sure that these are much better for him. On the other hand, with the price of cheese I’m sure these are more expensive than the Aldi’s brand I buy. Taste and health vs money, the ever present quandary.

  3. 3

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

  4. 4

    I’m definitely going to make this for my daughter! She loves Goldfish but I hate all the junk and chemicals that’s added – this is perfect!

  5. 5

    Oh wow that looks so easy and delicious!! I’m going to have to make it now.

  6. 6

    Oh my wow, those look amazing! Want to ship some this way?

  7. 8
    Kristen says:

    Ooooh those look so good! I’m definitely going to make some.

  8. 9

    Those look great. And I agree with you about preferring to eat those over store bought things. I’ll have to try it.

  9. 10

    They really look sooooo good!

  10. 11

    i love homemade over storebought anyday, i would’ve never thought to make my own crackers

  11. 12

    I buy too many cheese crackers! I never have thought of making my own. I will have to try it out. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Very clever… 🙂

  12. 13

    I LOVE snacks like this! Sounds easy enough to make, thanks for the recipe 🙂

  13. 14

    These look so good! I love cheese crackers!

  14. 15

    Now that I’m really going to try. Maybe even tomorrow.

  15. 16

    goodness those look tasty!

  16. 17

    Yes, I’m also addicted to cheese crackers. I’ve never considered making my own. Thanks for sharing this! I’m all over it!

  17. 18

    YUM! I stumbled a Cheez-IT recipe the other day and its on my list to make

  18. 19

    They came out perfect. I’d be nervous I’d burn them, but I’d still give it a try because they look so delicious.

  19. 20

    Those look awesome! And so simple! I totally have to try! Love your photos too!

  20. 21
    Debbee Reed says:

    AWESOME! I will definately try them. I can’t keep enough “cheese” flavored crackers in my house! Thank you

  21. 22

    couple questions,
    1. if made with wheat flour-how do the other ingredients change? I am assuming it would make it dry, so do you know how much water to add? (white flour is completely devoid of nutrients….)

    2. becuase I have boys, who LOVE cheese crackers, I need to make large batches-how long do you think these crackers would store? would they need to be refrigerated?

    3. can the butter required be divided into half butter and half olive oil?

  22. 23

    I will make this tonight. It looks absolutely delicious.

  23. 24

    How interesting – I’ll have to try this with my kids! Thanks for posting!!!

    P.S. Have you tried the Colby Cheez-Its? Absolutely amazing!!! Maybe I’ll try this recipe with grated Colby cheese. I’ll keep you posted. 😀

  24. 25

    i just made these, and oh my. they are so good. they taste so decadent. i could only eat a few. i substituted smart balance for the butter, and it worked wonderfully.

  25. 26

    I’ve made these, with cayenne in place of the chili powder, and a little garlic powder tossed into the mix for good measure. Wonderful with drinks or to nibble while playing games with friends!

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    Traveler81 says:

    I made these today – delicious! I made one batch following your directions and a batch with sun dried tomatoes, which turned out really well.

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    Jill meier says:

    i followed everything exactly and they just melted into a puddle in the oven. Im not sure what went wrong.

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