Homemade Cheese Crackers


With only 6 easy ingredients you can have flaky delicious homemade cheese crackers in under an hour.

Cheese Crackers recipe at TidyMom

I’m not a big fan of potato chips.  I’m not sure why, I just rarely eat them, but I do love snack crackers….. cheese crackers to be specific.  I can polish off a bag of of flavor blasted Goldfish in no time, if I’m not careful, and Cheez-It , I think I love every flavor! Have you seen that they now have Provolone Cheez -It?!  I’m on the hunt for those! 

A few weeks ago I ran across a recipe to make Homemade Cheese Crackers!  I don’t know if I’ve been living in a cave or what, because since I spotted that recipe, I’ve noticed recipes for Homemade Cheese Crackers all over the place!

Homemade Cheese Crackers at TidyMom

Not surprising though, because they are SO easy to make, and my mind is not spinning with all the varieties I can make!  So you may be seeing these little gems around here a few more times.

This particular recipe has more of a shortbread type texture than crispy cracker.  At first bite, it was odd, because it’s not what I was expecting.  So I tried another and I was deeply in love with the flavor, sharp cheddar kissed with a touch of red pepper for a bit of a kick.  I was sold!  They were fantastic and with just 6 simple ingredients they took care of my cheese cracker addiction, and I knew what was in them, so I didn’t have to feel so guilty eating them.  These Homemade Cheese Crackers would be great to serve at a party, a travel snack or just to snack on any time.

They don’t need salt on top, but I’d like to try the next batch with just a little salt on top, just to see what that does.  If you don’t like spicy, cut down on the red pepper flakes, or you could leave them out completely- but I loved the added flavor it brought to the table.

If you love cheese crackers you HAVE to try this recipe for Homemade Cheese Crackers

All you need is :

Simply place all the ingredients in food processor and pulse until the dough turns to a dough.

Using your hands, form dough into ball, press then roll out 1/8″ thick on a floured surface.  Try to roll into a rectangle, the best you can – doesn’t have to be perfect.

How to make Homemade Cheese Crackers TidyMom

Use pizza cutter (pastry cutter or knife would work too OR use a ravioli cutter for ridged edges,  ) to cut dough into one inch squares.  Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect, mine weren’t even though I had measurements on my silicone mat.

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Use a wooden skewer to poke a hole in the center of each square.

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Place crackers on greased baking sheet (I lined mine with my silicone mat).  Transferring the crackers to the baking sheet goes quicker if you use a spatula.  You can place them pretty close on the pan, they puff up, but don’t spread out.

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Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes.  Store in airtight container for up to 2-3 days…..if they keep that long!

Who needs Cheez-It when you can make your own!!
I can’t wait to play with more cheese flavors and spices!  I bet they would be fantastic with tomato soup AND… can even purchase a mini gold fish cutter to make your own Goldfish crackers! How fun would that be?!
What flavor of cheese crackers would you like to try?


Homemade Cheese Crackers TidyMom


Homemade Cheese Crackers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 70 pieces

Homemade Cheese Crackers

With only 6 easy ingredients you can have flaky delicious homemade cheese crackers in under an hour.


  • 6 ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened and cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup flour (plus a little more for dusting)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (use less if you want less spice)
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350° Grease baking sheet, or line with parchment or silicone mat.
  2. Place first 5 ingredients in food processor, and pulse until it turns into coarse crumbs.
  3. Add milk and process until dough forms.
  4. Using your hands form dough into a ball, then flatten on floured work surface.
  5. Roll out dough to 1/8" thick. Try to roll into rectangle as best as you can.
  6. Using a pizza or pasty cutter, cut dough into one inch squares. Use the flat end of a wooden skewer to poke a hole in the center of each cracker
  7. Using a spatula, transfer crackers to prepared baking sheet. You can place them fairly close together, they will puff up, but not spread much.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until edges start to brown. Do not over cook. Let them cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Enjoy when cool. Store in airtight container for up to 3 days in a cool place.



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53 Responses to “Homemade Cheese Crackers”

  1. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on April 17, 2013 at 9:22 am (#)

    I’ve recently discovered how easy it is to make homemade crackers! This cheesy version simply has to be next!

  2. Crystal posted on April 17, 2013 at 9:47 am (#)

    We can’t keep enough Cheez Its or Goldfish in the house. I can’t wait to try this recipe!! It looks so easy and delicious. Thanks :)

  3. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted on April 17, 2013 at 9:55 am (#)

    These cheese crackers look heavenly and are calling out my name.

  4. Claire @ A Little Claireification posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:03 am (#)

    My kids LOVE Cheez-Its. I mean… LOVE. I will definitely have to try this. I am wondering if the red pepper might be too much for them so may cut it down, but I know that*I* would personally prefer the kick! I even have some extra Swiss on hand (rare, cheese doesn’t last long around these parts!) and this would be a perfect use for that! Thanks Cheryl!

    • TidyMom replied on April 17th, 2013 at 10:37 am

      I would cut the red pepper in 1/2 to start!!

  5. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:21 am (#)

    I understand why you can’t put these down! I’ve only made crackers once, but they were amazing. Your photos are beautiful!

  6. Kathy posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:32 am (#)

    These look amazing. I’m going to try these. I’ve not had much luck in the past with making homemade crackers and not sure why. You make it look easy though.

  7. Lisa posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:34 am (#)

    The provolone cheez its are not good. They have a weird almost smoky taste but of course that’s only one persons opinion! I’m definitely going to try these this weekend. I’ve been meaning to but have never made my own.

    • TidyMom replied on April 17th, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Oh good to know…….hmm, you know I still want to try! Lol Right now my fav is the Colby Jack Cheez It

  8. Jeanette posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:46 am (#)

    These look fantastic Cheryl! I’ll have to try making these gluten-free for my son.

  9. Colette @ JFF! posted on April 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm (#)

    Cheeseitsare in BIG trouble.
    Look @ these. I’m so baking some this w/end!

  10. Cindy Harris posted on April 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm (#)

    Flavor Blasted Fish are my weakness too! These look delish, can’t wait to try them.

  11. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on April 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm (#)

    YUM! I love making my own crackers too–they are so much easier than I thought they’d be! And so much tastier. :)

  12. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats posted on April 17, 2013 at 6:46 pm (#)

    YUM! I Cant wait to make these for my son! He is going to go crazy! Thanks so much!

  13. Tieghan posted on April 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm (#)

    Cheese its are huge over here! HUGE! I am loving these!

  14. Deborah posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm (#)

    My kids love cheese crackers, but I think they’d have a hard time getting these away from me!

  15. Diane {Created by Diane} posted on April 18, 2013 at 12:23 am (#)

    Can’t wait to bake a batch of these they look yummy!

  16. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:35 am (#)

    These would make the perfect snack! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  17. Brian @ A Thought For Food posted on April 18, 2013 at 7:49 am (#)

    I’ve seen a few recipes for cheese crackers and I’ve always been tempted to try them myself. You have definitely inspired me.

  18. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on April 18, 2013 at 7:53 am (#)

    I wish I didn’t love potato chips. Or cheese crackers. But, I do! And these look so pretty, I’ve been wanting to try a homemade batch for a long time. thanks for sharing Cheryl.

  19. Amanda posted on April 18, 2013 at 10:25 am (#)

    These are just gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. They literally look like they would just melt in your mouth! I must try your recipe!! :)

  20. Russell van Kraayenburg posted on April 18, 2013 at 10:53 am (#)

    I love cheez-itz! I’m pretty sure I would eat way, way too many of these!

  21. Carla @ Carlas Confections posted on April 18, 2013 at 11:21 am (#)

    I know I would polish these off in no time! I need to make them STAT

  22. Shaina posted on April 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm (#)

    I love homemade crackers. Since we avoid additives for Kjell, they are a staple in our house. I can’t wait to try these.

  23. Carolyn posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm (#)

    Totally love. I wonder if I can sub gluten-free flour? I bet I can!

  24. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on April 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm (#)

    These are so cute!!! Our girls love those little crackers, but I think this homemade version would have me munching right alongside them! :)

  25. Rakhee posted on April 19, 2013 at 6:04 am (#)

    I have never made my own crackers and these look so inviting and are begging to be made! :) The photography is beautiful.

  26. kita posted on April 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm (#)

    I am addicted to these little cheese crackers! 😀

  27. Dee Ann Sikes posted on April 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm (#)

    I don’t have a food processor…can I use a blender to mix the dough?

  28. Amanda Padgett posted on April 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm (#)

    I’m a cheese cracker fan too (I could easily eat half a box by myself in one sitting). This recipe looks so simple and like one I could get the kids involved in too. Thanks!

  29. Lisa | With Style and Grace posted on April 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm (#)

    this is brilliant, cheryl!! i need to figure out how to make these gluten-free for my grandpa – thanks for the motivation!

  30. jaclyn helfrich posted on April 25, 2013 at 11:48 am (#)

    Yum! I used white cheddar and skipped the crushed red pepper. I also added a 1/4 tsp of paprika and 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. Tastes just like Cheezits!!

  31. Debra posted on July 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm (#)

    I have used this recipe for almost 30 years so I don’t remember where I got it from. Delicious and addictive! feel free to post it on your blog
    Cheese Crackers

    pre-heat oven at 350
    2 cups grated cheddar cheese
    2 cups rice crispies
    1 cup butter
    2 cups flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 fake bacon bits
    1 tablespoon water

    *Mix well
    Form into balls and press flat, bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes

  32. Kay posted on September 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm (#)

    I LOVE Cheez It’s! I never buy them because I can’t put the box down.

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe-thank you!

    I’m wondering if this would work with rice flour or another non-wheat flour. Will try.

  33. Dani posted on December 6, 2013 at 11:16 am (#)

    These are absolutely incredible!! Quick, easy and taste out of this world. They’re officially becoming my new snack to study with. (I’m a Master’s student so I’m going to be making them a lot! )

  34. Elanei posted on December 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm (#)

    I tried this homemade cheese cracker recipe, followed it exactly. Why is my dough so crumbly? I could hardly roll out the dough…

  35. Priyanka posted on February 16, 2014 at 1:50 am (#)

    That’s a lovely recipe and easy too. My 2 yr old kiddo is fond of cheese crackers and I just realized how easy it is to make these at home after reading your recipe…thanks!! On my “to-do” list!! :)

  36. Debra Strader posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm (#)

    I think White Cheddar popcorn topper would be great on these!

  37. Jenny posted on September 23, 2014 at 11:05 am (#)

    Thank you sooooo much for posting this. I made this recipe and they were Ah-Mazing!! Pretty simple too. Will become a consistent family recipe!

  38. Patti Breiner posted on March 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm (#)

    Just made these crackers! So easy and so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


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