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« 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-

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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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