Appetizers & Sides

Classic Cheddar Crackers

Have you ever tried your hand at homemade crackers? These cheesy crackers are crispy, perfectly snack-able and surprisingly easy to make in your own kitchen.

Total Time 60M

Servings 20 dozen


  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for sprinkling
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) Darigold butter, softened
  • 8 oz. Darigold Sharp White cheddar cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water


  1. Add flour, salt, baking powder and cayenne to the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine.
  2. Add the butter and cheese and pulse until well mixed. Add 3 tablespoons of ice water and pulse until mixture starts to hold together; add additional water if necessary.
  3. Divide the dough in half, form into 2 discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze 20 minutes.
  4. Using one disc at a time, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛-inch thickness.
  5. Cut the dough into ¾-inch strips (for small crackers) or 2-inch strips (for large crackers) with a fluted pastry wheel. (A pizza cutter or sharp knife may be substituted.) Cut the dough crosswise to make ¾-inch or 2-inch squares. Poke a hole in each with the bottom of a skewer or other pointed object and place squares on a baking sheet lined with parchment; freeze until firm (10-15 minutes). Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. Remove one baking sheet from the freezer; brush the dough with the egg and sprinkle with salt.
  7. Gently separate crackers on baking sheet, leaving space between each cracker.
  8. Bake at 350°F 15 to 18 minutes, or until puffed and crisp.
  9. Transfer to a cooling rack and repeat with the remaining dough. Store crackers in airtight containers at room temperature.

Makes roughly 20 dozen small crackers.