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shelleibean
« on: July 17, 2008 03:12:55 PM »

Lately I've beenthinking that I could totally make all of my kids' favortire snacks- this way i could control what they eat a lot better and probably save some money in the long run.  they looovve little cheese crackers and usually I buy the Annie's Cheddar bunnies, but @ $3 a box ( a little box that they go through in less than a week), they're not so economical.I consulted the internet for ways to make my own crackers. I'm really surprised it never occurred to me before b/c it's so easy to do- and I found a few recipes.  I sort of combined a few to come up with these-

pre baking

I meant to show you the dough but completely forgot- however I have plans to make these same crackers but instead of cheese w/ cinnamon sugar, so i might remember then.

my recipe for cheese crackers-
2 1/2 cups flour ( all purpose, but next time I"m going to use white winter wheat, I just didn't have enough this time)
3/4 cup cool water
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
preheat over to 425 F
combine dry ingredients and cheese, whisk to combine.  Add all of the oil and 1/3 of the water, adding another 1/3 when the previous one in combined until the water is all gone.  Knead until it comes together to nice firmish dough.  when you have a nice dough ball, divide in 1/4 ths to make it easier to manage, roll out VERY VERY thin ( i tried my best but had some thicker than i wanted, they were just a bit chewier but still fine), cut  any way you want- w/ a pizza wheel you could make regular old rectangles  or you could use a cookies cutter like I did.  the baking time will vary depending on the shape you choose ( how large or small) but they are done when they are just barely golden on the edges.  I left mine in a bit longer than i probably should have- but I don't think it made too much of a difference. All i know is- my kids asked for more, which is more than can be said for the granola bars I made.

this recipe made more than 2 pounds of these 1 inch star shapes
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2008 03:21:27 PM »

those look rather yummy! what a good idea to make your own
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2008 03:27:21 PM »

Wow! That looks delicious!

I must try that recipe some time. I only wonder about the type of cheese... Here in Norway the cheddar is fairly "solid" and cannot simply be mixed in a dough. So I wonder if it really matters what kind of cheese you use. There's loads of other soft cheeses that I'd love to try in something like this.

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2008 03:56:31 PM »

Thats awesome! I do the same thing with my boys, pretty much everything is made at home. Except when I need a break they get some processed food.
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2008 04:02:29 PM »

I am guessing you are using shredded cheddar.  I only say that because that recipe is very similar to my swiss cracker recipe.  Biggest difference is shredded swiss to replace the cheddar.  My kids love it and I sometimes make them larger .. same thickness, just about 3 inches square and use them as a bread for peanut butter sandwiches ..family favorite!

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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008 04:30:39 PM »

im definately favorite-ing this page, i WILL be making these
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2008 04:33:20 PM »

I am also curious as to what kind of cheese you used.  Shredded cheddar?
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2008 05:20:48 PM »

This sounds so yummy! I'll have to try it, I love cheese crackers but I usually find commercial ones too salty so this is perfect. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

And your daughter is totally adorable!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2008 05:26:33 PM »

they look tasty!  Thanks for the recipe!
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2008 05:35:32 PM »

oops! yes i did use shredded cheddar. I guess i did that thing where I was thinking it but didn't actually say/type it and just sort of thought i had already. what? I'm the only one who does that?
thanks for the comments y'all- I think I'm going to try to make graham crackers tomorrow- I'll let you know how it goes!
Thats awesome! I do the same thing with my boys, pretty much everything is made at home. Except when I need a break they get some processed food.
that is awesome- I  really feel like I could make everything we like to eat, snack food wise- I mean someone was/is making the stuff, why not me? I wonder TMommy, do you ever make granola bars?
Here in Norway the cheddar is fairly "solid" and cannot simply be mixed in a dough. So I wonder if it really matters what kind of cheese you use. There's loads of other soft cheeses that I'd love to try in something like this.
yeah - in the US cheddar cheese is most definitely solid, you could use any kind of cheese i bet, as long as the pieces you mixed int he dough were small enough. I had some already shredded, so I just used that.
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2008 06:02:52 PM »

It looks like she likes them.  Grin And make them cute shapes too.
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2008 04:05:28 AM »

Ooooh, I see. I thought you where using some kind of fancy "creamy" cheese or something. I was a bit worried Wink
I will definitely try to make these once. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2008 02:39:06 PM »

My cousins are madly in love with cheese crackers, and my aunt is totally in on the whole foods and being self sustaining movement. I'll have to make these next time I go out to visit them, they'll flip for sure!! I wonder if these would be good doggy treats too...? hm.. I'll just have to find out!
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2008 02:49:15 PM »

Mmmmm tasty-looking. *grabs a handful*
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2008 05:42:16 PM »

 that is a great idea and the stars are so cute.... my mom does this thing with oyster crackers

2 packs of oyster crackers
1 hidden valley ranch powder packets 
3/4 cup of veg oil or olive oil

mix powder in the oil then mix in a big bowl or paper bag
spread in a jelly roll pan and bake for 10 min.  at 200 F


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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2008 08:04:08 PM »

I love this idea!  Cheaper and healthier.  I am totally going to make some!  Thanks for posting the recipe!!
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2008 10:09:32 PM »

Yum!!  Thanks for sharing the recipe.  I'll definitely try it out.  My kids love cheese crackers, but I'm a sucker for anything with cinnamon and sugar on it.  Let us know how those turn out for you!
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2008 03:20:14 AM »

I'm going to try this! I actually don't like store-bought crackers because they're too salty for me, but here I could control the salt.
I'm trying to replace most of my processed foods with homemade ones. That way I know exactly what goes into it (no hidden high fructose corn syrup!), and also it's cheaper and generally tastier.
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« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2008 04:47:12 AM »

I'm going to try this! I actually don't like store-bought crackers because they're too salty for me, but here I could control the salt.
I'm trying to replace most of my processed foods with homemade ones. That way I know exactly what goes into it (no hidden high fructose corn syrup!), and also it's cheaper and generally tastier.
word. that's my biggest thing, finding the high fructose corn syrup. I read an article once about how the writer had this theory that HFCS is addictive.  I really think it is, even if the FDA thinks it's perfectly fine to put it in just about everything. These crackers are not very salty at all, more than anythingyou taste the cheese and the cayenne.
 
Yum!!  Thanks for sharing the recipe.  I'll definitely try it out.  My kids love cheese crackers, but I'm a sucker for anything with cinnamon and sugar on it.  Let us know how those turn out for you!

Oh I will. so far we've made a good dent in the cheese stars stash but there is still about 1 pound left. 
My cousins are madly in love with cheese crackers, and my aunt is totally in on the whole foods and being self sustaining movement. I'll have to make these next time I go out to visit them, they'll flip for sure!! I wonder if these would be good doggy treats too...? hm.. I'll just have to find out!
In my daydreams I'm a superwoman of gardening and canning and only buying basics ( like I'm on the Oregon trail) like coffee and flour and sugar from the co-op.  Why is it so expensive to be self sufficient ?Our dog (see my avatar) loves these crackers- as far as I know there isn't anything in this recipe that's a no-no for dogs, I'd use whole wheat flour for dogs ( and the kids, except I had only  about a cup left) to make it heartier.
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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2009 03:43:48 PM »

I made these, and they were delicious! They get really nice and crisp when you store them in the freezer too. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2009 04:13:09 PM »

definitely plan on making these =D

i like the idea of spicing them up some too
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« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2011 12:25:01 PM »

I've had these crackers bookmarked for quite some time.  Just the other day,my husband asked me to pick up some cheese crackers for when he works the overnight shift.  Instead, I tried this recipe, using mild cheddar cheese instead of sharp 'cuz it was all I had on hand.  My husband loved them!  I'm looking forward to trying the recipe with sharp cheese!  Very good, thank you!
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« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2011 04:35:40 PM »

I always love cheesy cookies not too sweet flavors.my kind of thing another must try aside from my favorite ice box cream cheese cookies. Cheesy
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