Cheez Its have always been one of my favorite snack foods. The cheesy salty combo is just what I need when I’m transferring from sweet to salty as I usually do when I’m in the mood to snack. I try not to buy Cheez Its.. mostly because I’ll eat them all (way too quickly), and there are a lot of things in them that I’d rather not put into my body. Of course, I’ve seen lots of homemade versions all over the place, and I’ve finally decided to try it out.
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar (about 6 oz.)
- 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- sea salt, for sprinkling
In a food processor, pulse all of the ingredients together until it forms a ball (about 2 minutes).
Place the ball between two pieces of wax paper, and roll it out to about 1/8 inch thick.
Using a pastry wheel or small cookie cutters, cut the dough into squares (or other shapes). Place on a parchment lined baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart from each other – they puff up a bit. Poke each cracker with a fork or skewer so that they don’t puff too much. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired (I like the extra salty flavor it gives).
Bake at 350ºF for 8-12 minutes (depending on the size/shape of your crackers), until lightly browned on the edges. Cool on the baking sheet, and store in an airtight container (if they last that long).
Gluten free version can be found here.