Homemade Cheez Its are the perfect way to end a salty craving without processed food. Only 4 ingredients make this cheese cracker recipe a must have. Kids love the cheesy flavor and addictive crunch while parents love that their kids are eating homemade snacks with real ingredients. Extra sharp cheese is combined in a food processor to make these cheese snacks so it’s a great option to get kids excited about cooking with you as well.
The real reason I’m passionate about helping moms of picky eaters make smarter choices for their kids isn’t because I’m a jerk and my kids love kale and haven’t met a veggie they don’t like.
It’s because I have a picky eater myself.
While Ryan has gone through his moments of picky eating, Owen has been a beast in and of himself. He loves three things: fruit, cheese, and carbs.
I continually offer him good choices, he eats a ton of hidden veggies and I expose him to as much as I can without losing my dang mind, but the truth of the matter is that Owen is picky. While he’ll occasionally go so far as to put something in his mouth and start to chew, if he decides that it’s a ‘no’ then he’ll spit it out. Lovely.
(though I’m still happy to get in those exposures with him! The more times he gets it into his mouth, the better!)
In a desperate attempt to get him quiet while out and about, I offered him cheez its months ago. WELL. Of course he enjoyed those. Cheese AND carbs in one salty, processed bite? Heck yeah.
Which lead to weeks of him asking for cheese crackers. Here’s the thing guys – I have nothing wrong with the occasional junk food snack. I really don’t – we regularly stock goldfish, I have a serious pretzel addiction, and don’t even get me talking about how often we get ice cream. But when it comes down to, I like to weigh it it’s worth it, usually by checking the ingredients (cringe) and weighing the pros and cons. Cheez Its don’t have a ton of pros, guys. They just don’t.
So I went experimenting and landed on a recipe for homemade cheez its, You see, when I was pregnant with Owen (this explains so much, guys) I too had an addiction to the salty cheese crackers. I tried a few times to recreate them, and couldn’t quite get it right. Turns out the 10000th try is a charm.
You see, the key to making the perfect homemade Cheez Its starts with – you guessed it – cheese. Good, flavorful cheese to be exact. My issue in recreating them had laid in the fact that I was buying the cheapest cheese possible, leaving me with flavorless a cheese cracker recipe.
In my last attempt I bought extra sharp white cheddar made my Cabot. It’s so sharp it’s almost dry and crumbly, but trust me, it does the job.
How to make the best homemade Cheez Its
- Choose really sharp cheese
- Blend it all up well
- Roll it out thin and even
- Make the hole bigger than you think.
The best part about this cheese cracker recipe besides the fact that it’s got so few ingredients and is an alternative to the processed ones you can feel good about is that it’s made in a food processor. No chopping or cutting in butter or whatever might typically be required for crackers. And because it’s so dang simple, you can easily make it with kids.
If you want to learn more about how to get kids of all ages (no, seriously, my 2 year old cooks with me) in the kitchen without destroying your kitchen or your sanity, make sure you grab my Fearless Kids Cooking guide here!
A few notes when making this cheese cracker recipe
- Make sure you roll it out super even. Any edges that aren’t even, I cut up, ball up, and re roll it out. If not, you’ll have some burned/over cooked spots.
- If time allows, let them sit in the warm oven for a minute or two after cooking. I usually take the tray out, take a cracker off and cool it quickly. If it’s not super crunchy like a cheese cracker should be, I let the tray sit in the oven to help them dry out a bit more. But make sure the over it a bit cooled so they don’t burn.
- If you want a very defined hole in the middle of the cracker, remember they will puff up a bit and close the hole, so use something a little larger than a toothpick.
- To make cutting easier, use a pizza cutter.
Homemade Cheez Its – Homemade Cheese Crackers
Homemade Cheez Its are the perfect snack for after school or even as a fun weekend snack to make together. Even my husband who isn’t a huge cheese fan loved these! These one bowl brownies are everything you want in a perfect brownie – dense and fudgy, dotted with half melted chips, crispy, crackly top, and decadent enough that you’re actually satisfied and good with just eating one, a trait just about nothing holds for me.
Homemade Cheez Its
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar
- 3 tablespoons cold butter cubed
- 1 cup flour
- 2-3 tablespoons of very cold half and half or heavy cream
Shred the cheese finely using a box grater.
Add cheese, butter, and flour to a food processor. Pulse until you get a sandy texture.
With the motor running, stream in the cream until the dough make a solid ball.
Roll out to ⅛ inch thickness and cut into 1 inch squares.
Bake at 325 for 15-17 minutes until browned and golden.
Allow to cool on the tray and enjoy. Store in an airtight container.
okay so tell me – what is a processed snack you’d love to learn to make healthier at home? Let me know in the comments!
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