This week we ventured into making homemade Cheez-Its! I was so surprised with how truly simple and easy this recipe was! Although they don’t taste exactly like store bought Cheez-Its, they were still pretty damn delicious!
8 oz shredded sharp cheese (getting sharp will give you a more cheesy flavor)
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp room temperature unsalted butter
1 cup flour
2-3 tbsp cold water
2. Add in the flour and cold water continue to mix until it forms a ball. If it looks really dry and crumbly add a little more water.
3. Take the dough out of the mixer and split it in two equal portions and form into balls. At this point, many of the recipes I looked at called to wrap the dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for an hour. I was too excited and forgot to refrigerate the first half (but did refrigerate the second half when I realized my mistake), and to be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference at the end. So I guess if you want to do it “right”, refrigerate, if you want instant gratification move right on to step 4 🙂
4. Roll out your dough to 1/8″ thick. It’s important to roll it super thin so that your crackers get crunchy.
5. Using a pastry or pizza cutter, cut your dough to the size of what a Cheeze it would be, like 1″ x 1″. A pastry wheel like this one will give it the crimped edges like the store bought kind.Crafts and cutting were never my forte, and with a 3 year old helping, mine ended up all different shapes and sizes. It is important to try and get them all the same size though so that they all cook at the same rate.
6. Bake the crackers at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. They will puff up and get nice and crispy.
7. Store in an air tight container for up to a week (if they last that long!)
I used my square stone, so I was able to roll out, cut and bake right on it, without having to move all the tiny squares to a baking sheet.
That’s it! It couldn’t be simpler and I’m sure you already have all the ingredients! With me being at home now, we took a major pay cut. I am trying to find things that I can make at home to save money. If you buy the pre-shredded cheese, this recipe really isn’t a money saver, however, every few weeks, I can normally find a pound of block cheese on sale for $3. Scoop that up when you can find it, and it is a money saver for sure!
TIP: If you have a food processor, use the shredder blade and it will shred a whole block of cheese in about 5 seconds!
Let me know how yours turns out and feel free to play with the flavors by adding different spices and herbs!