Easy Cheesy Crackers

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I like to give my kids recipes that involve them getting their hands dirty. They love to make a mess, love to get their hands right down into the process. So I figure, why fight it? I took a recipe for easy cheesy crackers, ramped up the flavor a bit with some garlic, and tossed the pastry cutter idea out the window. Who needs a pastry cutter when you have ten fingers ready to stir and squish?

And while using cookie cutters might be super cute, with a relatively crumbly dough I knew the frustration factor (hard to move from board to cookie sheet!) would be too high for my children. So I had them just roll it out right on the cookie sheet, and use a pastry wheel to cut squiggly lines. They loved it!

When the crackers came out of the oven, I actually had whining children standing by the cooling rack. Ten minutes is approximately a million years when you are a hungry preteen (someone is going through a growth spurt!) The taste verdict? 7 year old: “Good!” 11.5 year old: big smile and a thumbs up. 16 year old: “They are delicious!”

I’d say this recipe is a keeper!

Easy Cheesy Crackers

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
• 4 Tbsp butter, softened
• 3/4 cup flour
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp garlic powder
• 1 Tbsp milk

Directions

Heat oven to 350°. Put the cheese, butter (cut in pieces), flour, salt and garlic in a bowl.

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Use clean hands to mix the ingredients together between your fingers (squish that butter!) until the dough is coarse crumbs, about the size of peas.

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mix until crumb forms - BuildAMenu.com

Add the milk and use your hands to form the dough into a ball. If you are a seven year old boy, it is okay to make the dough into a volcano first. This is not a necessary step in creating the crackers, but may be necessary to the creative process. Volcanoes often are. If you are a little boy. 😉

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dough volcano :) - BuildAMenu.com

make dough into ball - BuildAMenu.com

Lightly flour a baking sheet. We lined ours with foil because it is an old beat up sheet, but it proved to be useful as we are able to easily remove the crackers on the foil for cooling. Place the dough on it and roll out the dough until it is 1/8″ thick.

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roll dough - BuildAMenu.com

Cut lines in the dough like a grid to make cracker-sized squares.

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cut with pastry wheel - BuildAMenu.com

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden.

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Cool on the baking sheet, then break apart into squares.

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Easy Cheesy Crackers
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Recipe type: Cooking With Kids
Cuisine: Snack
 
Homemade cheese crackers - yummy!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Put the cheese, butter (cut in pieces), flour, salt and garlic in a bowl.
  3. Use clean hands to mix the ingredients together between your fingers (squish that butter!) until the dough is coarse crumbs, about the size of peas.
  4. Add the milk and use your hands to form the dough into a ball.
  5. Lightly flour a baking sheet.
  6. Place the dough on it and roll out the dough until it is ⅛" thick.
  7. Cut lines in the dough like a grid to make cracker-sized squares.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden.
  9. Cool on the baking sheet, then break apart into squares.

 

Patti & The Build A Menu Team

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