Mix up this easy-to-work-with cracker dough, then let the kids help to roll and cut their way to the yummiest homemade cheese crackers recipe! These crackers have whole grains and a delightfully crisp texture. So good!

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Cheese Crackers

While I don’t always bake with my kids and I don’t always make homemade versions of foods we can buy at the store, there are times when I do both—and these are favorites!

The dough is easy to make and with. My girls love to roll it out and cut shapes…and then eat the batch for snack time!

The method for making this dough uses the food processor, which turns the ingredients into a smooth dough that’s perfectly pliable.

It’s also not too sticky, so it’s a good one for kids to help make since they can easily participate in each step. (Or just the cutting out step if you want to simplify.)

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There are no fancy ingredients or methods here, so you might even be able to make these with ingredients you already have in the house.

The whole grains from the flour and oats add complex carbohydrates and fiber to the snack. Paired with the protein from the cheese, these whole wheat crackers are a nicely balanced food all on their own.

We like to make them mid-morning or after nap time to enjoy as a snack when they’re fresh out of the oven.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Shredded cheese: I like to use cheddar. White or orange will both work.
  • Rolled oats
  • Whole wheat flour: Or you can use a gluten-free flour blend.
  • Milk: I use whole milk, but any kind will work fine.
  • Butter: I prefer to bake with unsalted butter.
  • Salt: You can omit this if you like, though a tiny amount helps them have the best flavor.
  • Dried rosemary: This is optional for an extra flavor note.

TIP: The rosemary adds a nice flavor, but you can leave it out if you prefer.

how to make cheese crackers step by step

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making this toddler snack. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

  1. Add all ingredients to the food processor.
  2. Blend until it sticks together into a batter. You may need to pulse it a few times, as it’s a thick batter.
  3. Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper coated with a little flour to prevent it from sticking.
  4. Use cookie cutters to cut out crackers.
  5. Place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake until golden brown.

TIP: Re-roll the dough and repeat the process to use all of the dough.

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How to Keep Homemade Crackers Crisp

These crackers are best eaten soon after they come out of the oven—they small so good I don’t know how you’d resist!—but you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a day or two.

They start to soften as they sit, so if you’re worried about eating the whole batch, make half and store the rest of the dough in a zip top bag in the fridge or freezer, and when ready to make more, bring the dough to room temp and bake!

How to Store

These crackers are best eaten on the day they’re made, but you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two.

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Best Tips for Success

  • To make these gluten-free, use gluten-free flour blend and certified gluten-free rolled oats.
  • Use the rosemary to add a little extra flavor, or omit it if you prefer.
  • If your dough is sticky at any point, place it into the fridge for a few minutes to firm up.
  • If your dough seems to not come together when it’s in the food processor, add a few additional drops of milk.
  • Set the timer for the lower end of the baking range to start, then add another minute until the edges are lightly golden brown. The edges can get very brown really fast at the end.
  • To make a smaller batch, place half of the dough into a freezer storage bag, seal, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature, roll out, cut out shapes, and bake whenever the urge strikes!
  • You may also like my go-to Store-Bought Snacks, Easy Animal Crackers, and Easy Cheese Sauce.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe, so please chime in below to share!

This post was first published February 2018.

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Homemade Cheese Crackers

Try to get them about 1/4-inch thick so they bake uniformly. If your milk, cheese, and butter are cold the dough should be easy to roll out between parchment paper. (If the dough seems too sticky, stick it into the fridge for 5-10 minutes.)
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Calories 236kcal
Servings 6 (Makes about 2 dozen crackers)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter (diced into small pieces)

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375 degrees  F.
  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to grind, then blend for 15-20 seconds until dough comes together.
  • Form the dough into a disc. Dust a piece of parchment with flour, place the dough on top, and add another piece of parchment to cover.
  • Roll out until 1/4-inch thick. Cut with small cookie cutters and place on the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll and cut remaining dough until completed.
  • Bake 14-16 minutes or until crackers are golden. Cool for a few minutes on a wire rack before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature.

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Notes

  • Gluten-free: Use gluten-free flour blend and certified gluten-free rolled oats.
  • To make these without a food processor, grind the oats in a blender (or use instant oats). Add to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, dicing the butter very small. Use your hands to squish the butter into the rest of the ingredients (like you would if you were making pie crust) to bring the dough together. You may need a smidge more milk.
  • Use the rosemary to add a little extra flavor, or omit it if you prefer.
  • If your dough is sticky at any point, place it into the fridge for a few minutes to firm up.
  • If your dough seems to not come together when it’s in the food processor, add a few additional drops of milk.
  • Set the timer for the lower end of the baking range to start, then add another minute until the edges are lightly golden brown. The edges can get very brown really fast at the end.
  • These crackers are best eaten on the day they’re made, but you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two.
  • To make a smaller batch, place half of the dough into a freezer storage bag, seal, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature, roll out, cut out shapes, and bake whenever the urge strikes!

Nutrition

Serving: 4crackers, Calories: 236kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 236mg, Potassium: 135mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 434IU, Calcium: 246mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These crackers are sooo delicious! And my 16 month old was totally into pressing the cookie cutters and playing with the dough. Great activity.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made these with my daughters, 6 and 4. So easy, lots of fun, and tasty! We made them into letter shapes with small alphabet cutters. We skipped the rosemary, but added a bit of onion powder and (very lightly) salted them before baking.

  3. If I were to cut out the shapes, then carefully place them in a freezer bag, between squares of parchment paper, and freeze the dough, do you think they would still thaw okay? Or would that make them dry out? Just looking for ways to save a bit more time later.

  4. 5 stars
    I used Gluten Free flour and the texture was perfect. I didn’t find Cheddar so I used Gruyere but I think it required a bit of salt… and I don’t have a mixer but Amy suggested that I shred the butter and voila … it worked!

  5. 5 stars
    Very tasty! My toddler had fun helping to make these. The recipe was really simple, i mixed everything by hand and it came together into a nice dough, i added a little more milk and used regular flour bcus thats all i had. The first half of the batch seemed like it needed a little salt, so i added a little to half of the remaining dough. I would do these again!

  6. 5 stars
    These were so easy to make, and they turned out delicious!! I used a Mexican cheese blend, since it’s what i had on hand. My almost 2 yo girls are still on the fence about them, but I LOVED them!

    1. They are a little bit crispy on the outside, but fairly soft so they are fine for a 1 year old. They are much softer than a store bought cheese cracker—more like the consistency of a Ritz cracker.

  7. Is it possible to use a different cheese than Cheddar. I usually dont store different variety of cheeses. Would Parmesan work in place of Cheddar

    1. I think that amount of Parmesan would be too strong in flavor and I’m not sure if it would work the same in the batter. Cheeses with similar consistencies to cheddar would work like Monterey Jack, Colby, gruyere…

  8. How much butter do I add? The method says to add butter but it’s not in the ingredient list (that I can see!).

    1. It’s 2 tablespoons and is in there now! (I just added a printable option and that ingredient got left off, sorry!)

    1. Absolutely! Just slice them when the dough is rolled out and transfer them carefully to the baking sheet.

    2. Looks really great and I’m pretty confident my picky eater will love this.
      Would substituting the whole wheat flour to regular white flour require any additional changes? (I only know that whole normally requires more liquids than regular but not sure how it plays here).
      Thanks!