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12 Days of Edible Gifts: Thyme Crackers

When YumSugar suggested I make crackers as an edible gift, I immediately envisioned a cheesy cracker that would pair nicely with a bottle of bubbly. However, I realized that if I made a light, crisp herb-infused cracker instead, then I could gift it with a beautiful chunk of cheese. Who doesn't want homemade crackers and artisanal cheese?!

Although the thought of cracker dough can be a little intimidating, this recipe is surprisingly simple and straightforward. After chilling in the fridge for a couple of hours, the dough was no trouble to roll out. The more rustic the better — these crackers should look homemade. Package in a cellophane bag and give with a nice circle of brie or my favorite cheese, Cowgirl Creamery's Mt. Tam. Get the recipe now.

Thyme Crackers

Thyme Crackers

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  2. 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh thyme, plus small sprigs for garnish
  3. Coarse salt
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar
  5. 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  6. 1 cup heavy cream
  7. 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse the flour, thyme, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and sugar in a food processor until combined.
  2. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With machine running, add cream; process until dough forms.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, briefly knead dough. Divide into 4 pieces; shape into rectangles. Wrap each in plastic; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 piece of dough into a very thin rectangle. Transfer to a baking sheet. Score the dough into 4-by-2-inch diamonds. Brush with egg white, and sprinkle with salt. Garnish each diamond with a thyme sprig. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Bake until golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Break diamonds into individual crackers.

Makes about 4 dozen.

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Comments
zeze
zeze
Is fresh thyme an absolute must, i have dried. Also, what other dried herbs would work well in this do you think?
hollspd
hollspd
Yum. I made these tonight. I'm sharing them with friends tomorrow - hope they like them as much as I do!!
AmberHoney
AmberHoney
Thanks lauren, I had a lot of fun with it this summer. I made a pesto-like sauce and spread it on chicken before baking - super simple and delish. Served with lemon wedges. To Yum, I like your style!
Food
Food
These were delicious! Party gave me some to take home and try with cheese, but guess what? They never made it to that step!
lauren
lauren
Oh amber honey, I LOVE lemon thyme! I bet these crackers would be delicious with it!
AmberHoney
AmberHoney
I have some dried lemon thyme from my garden this year, I think I'll try it with that - another winner from the SugarGirls!
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