These are the best ever. Spicy and cheesy crackers that will just melt in your mouth. Use more or less spice to suit your tastes. Cayenne pepper may be used in place of the white pepper.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt, white pepper and mustard. Cut in butter with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in Cheddar cheese. Stir in water one tablespoon at a time, until the dough is able to hold together. Press the mixture into a ball, wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a rectangle that is 16x12 inches. The dough should be about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 1x3 inch strips. Place the strips onto the prepared baking sheets spaced about 1 inch apart.

  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden and crispy. Cool completely before storing.

Nutrition Facts

50 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 4g 1% DV; fat 3.4g 5% DV; cholesterol 9.1mg 3% DV; sodium 78mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2006
I made this for a large event and got tons and tons of raves! The crackers tasted just like cheeze-its to me and to the other event participants. I used yellow mustard instea dof mustard pwd and added it after cutting in the butter and i used a very sharp cheddar and a good 1/2 cup more per batch than called for. I was able to process the dough in my food processor. After chilling i rolled it out and cut it into shapes with cookie cutters and baked as directed. I also used "paste" food coloring to color the dough for a presentation piece and it worked very well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2003
I was looking for a cracker recipe to replace expensive commercially-made crackers. These did not taste like crackers at all in fact they tasted exactly like pie crust-- so I checked my copy of Rose Levy Beranbaum's book "The Pie and Pastry Bible" and sure enough I found that her recipe for "Flaky Cheddar Pie Crust" is almost IDENTICAL to this recipe. I will make this again as a pie crust for a savory pie but not as crackers. It was also not very cheesy tasting even though I doubled amount of cheese the recipe called for AND added in some grated romano cheese. I also salted them lightly with regular table salt before baking. Read More
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50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2006
I made this for a large event and got tons and tons of raves! The crackers tasted just like cheeze-its to me and to the other event participants. I used yellow mustard instea dof mustard pwd and added it after cutting in the butter and i used a very sharp cheddar and a good 1/2 cup more per batch than called for. I was able to process the dough in my food processor. After chilling i rolled it out and cut it into shapes with cookie cutters and baked as directed. I also used "paste" food coloring to color the dough for a presentation piece and it worked very well. Read More
(93)
Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2008
I really like this recipe. I adjusted it to be gluten-free using one cup white rice flour and one cup garfava flour in place of the all-purpose flour (plus 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum). I also followed the suggestion to replace the white pepper with cayenne since I wanted them to taste like Cheez-Its. I used 1/2 cup butter instead of 3/4 cup and I used 1 cup of cheese not 1/2 cup as many others had suggested. I think the crackers would have been even cheesier if I'd have used sharp cheddar but I bought mild cheddar by mistake. The recipe worked really well only I had to bake them much longer to get them done enough but that could very well be because of the different flours I used. I will be making these again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2003
I was looking for a cracker recipe to replace expensive commercially-made crackers. These did not taste like crackers at all in fact they tasted exactly like pie crust-- so I checked my copy of Rose Levy Beranbaum's book "The Pie and Pastry Bible" and sure enough I found that her recipe for "Flaky Cheddar Pie Crust" is almost IDENTICAL to this recipe. I will make this again as a pie crust for a savory pie but not as crackers. It was also not very cheesy tasting even though I doubled amount of cheese the recipe called for AND added in some grated romano cheese. I also salted them lightly with regular table salt before baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
These taste just like Cheezits. I even used all whole wheat flour. I did as others suggested and doubled the cheese. As with any recipe that calls for cutting in butter you have to take your time and make sure the butter stays cold during this step by putting the mixture back in the fridge if the butter starts to soften too much while cutting it in. This way the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the dough. I am really excited because now I can use a small cookie cutter and have any shape cheezit I want! I love to have lots of pretty appitizers. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Read More
(46)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2003
I've been looking for that recipe for so long - many thanks from Germany! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/26/2010
These did not taste like crackers to me. I was dissapointed. I wont be making these ones again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2007
Exellent recipe. Can also be made with barley or rice flour. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2007
I agree with the other reviews in this being more suited as a pie crust recipe. I was looking for a recipe similar to one I used to make as a kid - it contained much less butter which made the crackers quite dense and smooth. I will have to keep looking. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2004
These really are very good. I used sharp cheedar. And I think I will use a little more cheese next time too. Read More
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