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Fast and Delicious: Lunchbox Cheese Crackers


Fast and Delicious: Lunchbox Cheese Crackers

Children and adults alike will flip for these homemade cheese crackers. With just 6 ingredients, they are a snap to make, yet a great alternative to packaged crackers. The flakey dough and mild cheddar flavor makes them the perfect complement to cheese, fresh fruit, and a plate of veggies. (They’d also be delicious with a glass of champagne for the adults!) Throw a few in your child’s lunchbox the next day along with some cream cheese for dipping.

Makes 24-48 crackers depending on the size of your cutters. 

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ tsp. salt

½ tsp. freshly ground pepper

¼ tsp. paprika

1 cup of finely shredded cheddar

4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces

3-4 tbsp. ice water

Preparation

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the cold butter pieces and pulse a few more times until the butter is pea-sized. Add the cheese and mix, then add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and pulse to combine. The dough should start to come together. After adding 3 tablespoons of water, check the dough. If you can pinch it together between your fingers and it holds its shape, it’s ready. If not, add up to one more tablespoon of ice water and pulse again to combine. Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, shape it into a 10” disk, wrap it in the plastic, and refrigerate for 20-40 minutes.  

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap the dough and place it on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough to 1/8” thick. Cut the dough into the desired shapes and place onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets. (Gather up the scraps and reroll to make more crackers.) Bake for 12-20 minutes (depending on the size of the crackers), or until the crackers have puffed and are light brown on top. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.  Serve immediately or store in an airtight container overnight. 

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author and founder of the website One Family One Meal, which provides free recipes, menu plans, and shopping lists to parents who want to cook healthy meals their entire family will love. Her recipes and kitchen wisdom are currently also being showcased by Pottery Barn Kids. Cooking in Everyday English, her latest cookbook writing project, will be released in October of 2011 (pre-order at Amazon).

Image Source: stetted via Flickr/Creative Commons

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, POPSUGAR.

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