Thursday, July 14, 2011

Homemade Cheeze-Its


I'm a huge snack person!  I snack all day.  I snack while I'm shopping, I snack while I'm baking, I snack while I'm cooking, I snack while I'm watching TV, I snack while I'm working, I snack while I'm watching baseball games, I snack while I'm driving.... Get it?  I snack.... A lot! I do this because I get hungry very easily and quickly.  And because it's better for me to eat all throughout the day instead of just eating 3 large meals.  

I think I mentioned before that my favorite snack is fruit.  But I can't have fruit all day.  I need to change it up.  So I snack on things like crackers, yogurt, granola bars, cereal... That kind of stuff.  One day when I didn't want any of the snacks I had in our house, I thought "I'll make something".  I looked on the Internet and found a recipe for Cheeze-Its.  One of the quintessential snacks! 


I used to love Cheeze-Its when I was young.  I used to eat them all up.  They are just so addicting!  I swear they put something in them that keeps you wanting more.  So when I saw that I can actually make these cheesy snacks at home, I jumped at it!  


Normal Cheeze-Its are made with "orange" cheddar cheese.  I wanted to step them up a notch and make them with a white cheddar cheese.  And not just any white cheddar, an aged cheddar - one of our favorites!  


These crackers turned out way better than I expected.  I knew they were going to be good but I never thought that they would be just as good, if not better, than their store-bought counterpart.  While they were baking the smell of cheddar was radiating throughout the whole house.  Then taking a bite into them was the ultimate satisfaction - a cheesy, crispy snack stepped up a notch with the aged white cheddar.  I decided to bake them a little bit shorter than the recipe suggested because I didn't want them to be too crispy.  I wanted them to have a crisp edge but still be somewhat soft.  


After I made these I thought that they would be great for parties.  They are a great substitution for cheese and crackers as they are both items combined in one.  And they can be used for any type of party - casual or more formal.  They will be a big hit because of their upscale twist of this snack-time favorite!

 






Homemade Cheeze-Its
For Printable Recipe, Click here!

Makes: About 80 1-inch Crackers

8 oz. Aged White Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 tbsp. Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature
½ tsp. Salt, Extra salt for sprinkling
1 cup Flour
4 tbsp. Ice Water

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cheese, butter and salt.  Beat until the mixture is crumbly.  Add the flour and mix for 5 seconds.  Slowly add the water until the mixture comes together.  You can use a little less or more water if needed, but make sure that the dough is not too wet.  Shape the dough into 2 discs and wrap in plastic wrap.  Place is the refrigerator to ship for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Take the dough out of the refrigerator and place on a silicone mat or parchment paper.  Roll the dough out until it is 1/8 inch thick.  Using a pastry wheel or a small pairing knife, cut the dough into small 1-inch squares.  Separate the squares and transfer onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Using a toothpick, poke a small hole in the middle of each square.  Then sprinkle each cracker with salt.

Bake for about 12 minutes until puffed and lightly browned.  Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool until warm or room temperature.  Serve and enjoy :)!

These last about 1-2 weeks in an airtight container.

7 comments:

  1. wow those look much better than the store bought ones!!! love them!!

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  2. I love cheeze-it's. They are literally one of my favorite snacks. I'm going to have to make some.

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  3. You sound crazily similar to me, im a serial snacker also, if im not eating food im thinking about it, and then i have to eat it because its on my mind! And fruit is also my top pick (bowl of strawbs in front of me right now!) but these little bites look greatttt. I used to make my own version and havnt in a while, thanks for reminding me about them (a little touch of cayenne can work nicely if you fancy trying something a bit different :) ) Love that first photo!

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  4. Wow, those look so much better than store bought cheeze-its. They look so fluffy and good! I'm a snack person too, and so are my kids so these look perfect for us :D

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  5. I just made those and they are magnificent. I don't think I will be able to test how long they keep, however, because I see them disappearing in a few hours :D

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  6. @The Procrastobaker

    Nice to hear I am not alone! Love the cayenne pepper idea :).

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  7. @Nimphal


    Glad to hear you enjoyed them! They definitely are a snack that go quickly!

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