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Fast and Delicious: Lunchbox Cheese Crackers

Fast and Delicious: Lunchbox Cheese Crackers

Children and adults alike will flip for these homemade cheese crackers. With just 6 ingredients, they are a snap to make, yet a great alternative to packaged crackers. The flakey dough and mild cheddar flavor makes them the perfect complement to cheese, fresh fruit, and a plate of veggies. (They’d also be delicious with a glass of champagne for the adults!) Throw a few in your child’s lunchbox the next day along with some cream cheese for dipping.

Makes 24-48 crackers depending on the size of your cutters. 


1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ tsp. salt

½ tsp. freshly ground pepper

¼ tsp. paprika

1 cup of finely shredded cheddar

4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces

3-4 tbsp. ice water


In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the cold butter pieces and pulse a few more times until the butter is pea-sized. Add the cheese and mix, then add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and pulse to combine. The dough should start to come together. After adding 3 tablespoons of water, check the dough. If you can pinch it together between your fingers and it holds its shape, it’s ready. If not, add up to one more tablespoon of ice water and pulse again to combine. Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, shape it into a 10” disk, wrap it in the plastic, and refrigerate for 20-40 minutes.  

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap the dough and place it on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough to 1/8” thick. Cut the dough into the desired shapes and place onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets. (Gather up the scraps and reroll to make more crackers.) Bake for 12-20 minutes (depending on the size of the crackers), or until the crackers have puffed and are light brown on top. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.  Serve immediately or store in an airtight container overnight. 


Amanda Haas is a cookbook author and founder of the website One Family One Meal, which provides free recipes, menu plans, and shopping lists to parents who want to cook healthy meals their entire family will love. Her recipes and kitchen wisdom are currently also being showcased by Pottery Barn Kids. Cooking in Everyday English, her latest cookbook writing project, will be released in October of 2011 (pre-order at Amazon).

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SriwantiSriwanti SriwantiSriwanti 5 years
oooo.... looks yummy... how to do it w/o a food processor???
CoMMember13613658807306 CoMMember13613658807306 5 years
"finely shredded CHEDDAR" Cheddar IS cheese.
anitacogburn anitacogburn 5 years
I would lose the white flour and use my sprouted, organic white whole wheat flour instead. May try these and see how they turn out. thanks.
cathie31392 cathie31392 5 years
a lot easier just to buy some biscuits
SumerDoherty SumerDoherty 5 years
1 cup of finely Shredded Cheddar... do you THINK that could mean CHEESE, people?! C'mon!! They don't actually have to SAY Cheddar CHEESE for you to UNDERSTAND that that's what Cheddar IS, do they?!
JeannineRussell JeannineRussell 5 years
It does say 1 cup of finely shredded cheddar.. just after paprika.
Hello! It says in the recipe "1 cup of finely shredded cheddar"
camillesmith90705 camillesmith90705 5 years
OMFreakingG. I cannot believe the number of people who did not bother to read the thread before posting. first of all, when ten people ask "where's the cheese" do you also need to ask "wheres the cheese"? and when twenty people say "cheddar is cheese" or "its right there duh" do you also need to say the same thing? And questioning if we should be in charge of children because we cannot see a word that was originally not even there. wow. I'm embarrassed for you guys.
CarolynMosticoni CarolynMosticoni 5 years
Guys the cheese is cheddar,duhhhhh....gonna try it out.
LoisHausner LoisHausner 5 years
The recipe says 1 cup finely shredded cheddar
LaraLamont LaraLamont 5 years
This sounds like a fun recipe to make with my 3yo. I can make the dough (will use whole wheat) and then roll out. Then we can use fun cookie cutter shapes to cut out the crackers! Hmmm maybe some Halloween themed ones. :D
AdrienneCota AdrienneCota 5 years
Hahaha! It says 1 cup of finely shredded cheddar in the ingedients, so there is cheese! Lol
VickyMcNeese VickyMcNeese 5 years
it is called cheddar.....I saw it in the recipe
RachelRollyson RachelRollyson 5 years
The recipe says to add the cheese after the butter.
AkikoOgawa AkikoOgawa 5 years
Was this edited before I read this??? Shredded cheddar IS CHEESE, isn't it?
AkikoOgawa AkikoOgawa 5 years
Was this edited before I read this??? shredded cheddar IS CHEESE, isn't it?
TraceyFulkerson TraceyFulkerson 5 years
5th ingrediant - 1 Cup finely shredded cheddar (cheese)
LuHeinrichs LuHeinrichs 5 years
Before you comment on the cheese read the Editor's comment on Oct 6th, PLEASE!
CathyVanDolman CathyVanDolman 5 years
Shredded cheddar is cheese.
JacquieVillanueva JacquieVillanueva 5 years
Apparently, they forgot to put the cheese in the recipe and the one we are reading now is the proper one.
hopehardwick hopehardwick 5 years
was trying to find some comments on what people actually thought of the recipe..... but got tired of people fighting about the cheese issue. Guess I won't be trying this one =/
AnneBroome28247 AnneBroome28247 5 years
why does everyone think there is no cheese in this recipe when there is 1 cup of cheddar in the recipe,
CoMMember13631166215102 CoMMember13631166215102 5 years
Uhm there is cheese in it? Jeeze learn to read u add it after the butter!!!
KimPatel KimPatel 5 years
Why the cheese questions? It calls for 1 cup finely grated cheese.
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