Homemade Cheez-Its

Saturday, February 16, 2013

While browsing through my Google Reader the other day, I noticed that Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere made Homemade Cheez-Its and stopped dead in my tracks. Cheez-Its are, in fact, one of my favorite cheesy, processed, boxed up snacks. Guilty, yes, but I can't get enough. I actually have a box of them in my cupboard right now, as well as Cheddar Rocket Crackers from Trader Joe's.

Looking at the recipe list, it was extremely basic - just how I like my baking. There is nothing complex to this recipe which is great because the whole baking process right up to the final result is nothing short of easy and AMAZING! Most of the items on the list are things you probably have at home already so the final cost of this could possibly break even with the retail value of Cheez-Its in the store...at least, my overpriced local supermarket.

They taste absolutely delicious. So sharp and cheesy, so crispy and - dare I say - better than Cheez-Its. I'm in love. Recipe behind the cut!

Homemade Cheez-Its!
from Better Homes and Gardens

8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature (4 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons ice water
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the cheese, butter, and salt. Add the flour and mix on low (dough will be pebbly). Slowly add the water and mix as the dough forms a ball.
2. Pat the dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the dough into two pieces and roll each into a very thin (1/8 inch or less) 10×12 inch rectangle. Using a fluted pastry cutter, cut the rectangles into 1-inch squares, then transfer them to the baking sheets.
4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until puffed and browning at the edges. Watch carefully, as the high fat content of the crackers makes a fine line between golden delicious and burnt. Immediately move the crackers to racks to cool.


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