Homemade Cheddar Crackers: The ultimate all-purpose recipe for school lunch, snack time, holiday parties, and more.

October 14, 2014

Every once and a while a genius recipe comes along that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it. It’s easy, you can make it for nearly any occasion and, most importantly, it’s totally delicious. This homemade cheddar cracker recipe, a hand-me down from a dear friend (I believe it was her mother’s recipe), is that recipe for me. It’s so good and works for everything: school lunch, cocktail parties, play dates, baking with kids, snack time, and more. Name an occasion that wouldn’t be better with homemade cheddar crackers. Go ahead: I dare you.

I was recently asked by a viewer at the One Hungry Mama YouTube channel for a good toddler finger food recipes. Another viewer had recently asked for make-ahead school lunch ideas and, at the time, I was also starting to think about holiday recipe videos. As ideas swirled around my head, it occurred to me that my go-to homemade cheddar crackers fit the bill across the board. Many birds, one recipe. Or, you know, something like that.

Homemade Cheddar Cracker recipe at One Hungry Mama

If you haven’t tried making these crackers before, now’s the time. You just need four (four!) basic pantry ingredients, and you can even whip these up with the kids if that sounds like a fun way to kill time on a Saturday afternoon. If you want to freeze these, I suggest that you do so before you bake them. Either freeze a ball of the dough (slightly flattened out, as you would pie dough), or form crackers, put in the freezer on a sheet pan in a single layer and, once frozen through, place unbaked crackers in a ziplock.

In the video I talk about why I love these crackers for toddlers. If you’re feeding one, you have to read a piece I wrote a while back, when I first shared this recipe, on the value of self feeding. It’s so important to allow toddlers to feed themselves from as early an age as possible and you can feel good (and safe!) about it with this recipe.

If you have older kids—or even if you don’t have kids at all!—this easy, wholesome alternative to store bought cheese crackers serves so many more purposes. You’ll especially be psyched to have these around with the holidays coming up. Grownups love these crackers just as much as kids, and they are the perfect treat to serve guests with a glass of wine and some olives.

Cheddar Crackers
(can be served to kids 10+ mos)
Makes about 4 dozen crackers

1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated (the sharper, the better)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or, if you don’t have a stand mixer, using an electric mixer), cream together cheese and butter.

2. Mix together flour and salt; add the mixture to the cheese and butter. Mix well: the dough will be crumbly at first, but keep mixing until it comes together into a soft, pliable dough.

3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten and, using a fork, press a cross hatch pattern into the top of each cracker. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet before serving.

10 Responses

  1. Love how these crackers take only 4 ingredients! They would be great to serve to guests for a wine & cheese gathering.

  2. Dana says:

    I wonder if the dough would be good for using a small cookie cutter with. Could make “shaped” crackers for kids…good Goldfish cracker replacement!

  3. Kathy says:

    I have a similar recipe, and have always made the dough into logs, chilled it, and then done the slice-and-bake thing. You get nice evenly sized crackers, and the logs freeze well. I do this in the food processor and just keep it going until the crumbly dough stays together. Great for kids – also great with a cocktail for adults.

  4. Deb says:

    These are great! They may not make it to be stored, but if they do, how/where do you store them? Refrigerator?

  5. Tiffany says:

    Thank you!… tested them out tonight on my biggest cridicts and 2 out of 3 LOVED them. This recipe is a keeper.

  6. Linda says:

    Awesome recipe, and so easy even without a mixer. I used a potato masher to cream the cheese and butter together and then my hands once it was crumbly with the flour. I also used half whole wheat flour as I was making these for my 11 month old (who incidentally ate 3 for lunch!). As a previous poster wondered about using a cookie cutter I chose to roll mine out and cut them into small stars for a more festive feel (taking some for Christmas dinner tonight). Worked great!

  7. One Hungry Mama says:

    So glad that you like this recipe as much as we do! Isn’t is so great how easy it is! I hope you enjoy these crackers many more times in the years to come.

  8. BettyLou says:

    I am going to try these using pepper cheese. I had a recipe for pepper cheese crackers and lost it. Now, I can’t seem to find it on the Internet again. I will try to gt back to this site to let everyone know how that went. Of course, the pepper jack cheese would not be appropriate for small children. More of an adult cracker.

  9. One Hungry Mama says:

    That will be SO delicious. I love cheese with spicy peppers. Mmm!

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