I'm a big fan of taking guilty commercially produced food pleasures and finding a way to make them yourself. Not only is it satisfying to throw your hands up in air like a five year old and demand your own TA-DA! moment, but you can feel a little better enjoying your creation by knowing what's actually in it. One of my long-time favorite bad girl snacks is those little square cheese crackers in the big red box (we're playing the "avoid the brand name mention" game here, play along with me folks). No longer guilt-ridden with 7265 ingredients you can't pronounce... I can now make them at home. TA-DA!
You will need:
- 2-ish cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (~8 oz, I kinda eyeball it)
- 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) at room temp
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce (optional)
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less, I like a little more)
- pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Toss all ingredients into a food processor if you have one and process for a good minute or two until it forms a soft dough. Alternatively, you can mix by hand and then knead it into a ball of dough.
Flour a work surface and roll out dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Use a knife or pizza cutter and cut into small squares or (as shown above) cut with a small cookie cutter. Place pieces on parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 12-20 minutes (depending on cracker size) until lightly browned. Cool and store in an air-tight container.
Hope you enjoy this easy homemade version of the evilness in a red box. I plan to experiment with this recipe a little -- changing up the type of cheese or adding things like sun dried tomatoes or herbs for example -- because, ya know, the store brand competition has 95 flavors to choose from so I gatta up my game here. What flavor combos would you try?