It’s been cold and dreary here in our part of North Carolina. We were supposed to get snow yesterday, we didn’t, we got freezing rain. It’s been cold, so what better way to warm up than to bake something? I’ve bought a lot of sweets lately, so we have our fill of those, so I decided to make something salty.
One of the favorite snacks in the household are those square orange cheese crackers. A box will be lucky to last a day around here. I’ve seen them made on various food tv shows, so I knew it was something people did.
I’ve already mentioned my go-to for sweets is Sally’s Baking Addiction. My go to for savory is either Alton Brown or Ree Drummond. The cheese cracker recipe Alton has didn’t have me using the food processor, so I checked out Ree’s, hers uses a food processor, so that one was the winner!
I basically followed the exact recipe from The Pioneer Woman and they turned out pretty tasty.
- 8 oz cheddar cheese
- 4 T. butter
- 1 c. flour
- 1/2 t. salt
- 3 – 4 t. ice water
- Shred the cheese with a hand grater or with the grating disk of the food processor.
- Add butter, flour and salt into the cheese in the bowl of your food processor and pulse until the butter and cheese are uniform in size.
- Add water 1 T. at a time until the cheese and butter form a dough.
- Turn dough out of the food processor and form into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Once the dough has chilled, roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 in. thick.
- Cut shapes with a small cookie cutter or cut squares using a pizza cutter (or knife).
- Place cracker cut outs on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes.
- Crackers will be done when they are slightly golden all over.
I don’t think these will replace our beloved boxed square cheese cracker, but the recipe is a keeper for a good party snack.
What is your favorite salty snack?