I think I would call myself somewhat of a cracker connoisseur. Buttery crackers, sesame crackers, rice crackers — I love 'em all. I would also call myself…what's the nice word for cheap? Ah: frugal. I'd call myself frugal.
If you visit the center aisles of grocery stores where they keep the over-packaged, over-processed convenience items like granola bars, cake mixes, and crackers, you'll find some pretty exorbitant prices for things that you could — and probably should — make at home.
So here I am, yet again, promising myself that I will not buy store bought convenient alternatives. I'm hoping it sticks this time. I feel like this recipe is too easy not to keep that promise. Plus, knowing exactly what's in my food always comforts me.
Cheddar Rosemary Crackers
- 6oz extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 c. wheat flour
- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp crushed dried rosemary
- 5 tbsp butter, diced
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves only
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a food processor, combine cheese, flours, salt, butter, and dried rosemary. Run motor until ingredients form a ball. If you're finding the dough too hard to handle (sticky, warm), plastic wrap it and let it hang out in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes and then revisit it.
- Dump out onto a floured surface, with a lightly floured rolling pin, press and roll dough only slightly. Place rosemary leaves on top of dough and then and roll to an 1/8 of an inch thickness.
- Now is the fun part! If you have a fun shaped cookie cutter (star?…giraffe?…shoe?), dip the cutter in flour for a clean cut and form shapes in the dough. Carefully transfer dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- If you don't have a fun shaped cookie cutter, or no cutter at all, you can improvise with a drinking glass or just roll the dough out on parchment, and use a pizza cutter for square/rectangle crackers. If you're feeling fancy use a skewer to make little air holes in the dough.
- Bake for 12-20 minutes. The squares take longer to bake. I'd say after 15 minutes take the squares out, re-cut, and bake for 5 more minutes.
- Let cool, and never buy store bought crackers again.