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Cheez-It-ish Crackers {Homemade Cheez-Its}

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Homemade Cheez-Its are perfect for any gathering. Simple and elegant with Gruyere Cheese, these “Cheez-It-ish” Crackers are sure to impress!

Cheez-It Crackers on a square white plate

Cheez-It-ish Crackers {Homemade Cheez-Its}

I had been combing my cookbooks for an easy appetizer for an upcoming neighborhood ornament exchange. Between a cookie exchange on Wednesday and all my holiday baking and candy making, I wasn’t in the mood for a complicated recipe.

I had resigned to making some mushroom croustades, which were a bit more fiddly than my original intention. But then I spotted our FFwD assignment for this week on my calendar: Homemade Cheez-Its! Perfect! I added 1/4 pound of Gruyère to my grocery list, I already had a little stash of Aleppo pepper from one of my sisters (one of the perks of having siblings who also love to cook) plus the rest of the ingredients in my pantry. These Cheez-It-ish Crackers would be perfect.

Cheez-It Crackers on a white plate under a glass dome
Tender, Buttery Homemade Crackers

Not exactly bright orange like the Cheez-Its out of the box, but just as addicting. And a bit more elegant. These homemade crackers were buttery, salty, cheesy and exquisite. A perfect little nibble for any occasion!

Keep a stash of these Homemade Cheez-Its in your freezer for unexpected company. That is if you don’t eat them all first!

This complete recipe can be found in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

Cheez-It Crackers on a square white plate

Cheez-It-ish Crackers {Homemade Cheez-Its}

Make your favorite cheese crackers at home!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 50, though will vary depending on size


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • 1/4 pound grated cheese (like cheddar, Gruyere or Emmenthal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • A pinch of cayenne of Alpeppo pepper
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour


Add the butter, cheese, salt, and both peppers to the bowl of your food processor.  Pulse until the butter is broken into smaller pieces and the mixture forms small curds.  Add the flour to the food processor and pulse until curds form again.

Turn the dough onto your work surface and knead briefly to bring it together.  Divide in half, shape each half into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour (or up to 3 days).

Preheat oven to 350º.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Remove one disk from the fridge and roll it to a scant 1/4-inch thickness between sheets of parchment.  Using a small cookie cutter (about 1-1 1/4-inches) cut rounds from the dough.  Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crackers are lightly golden.  Use a spatula to transfer the crackers to a wire rack to cool.

I topped a few with teeny sprigs of thyme for some color.



This recipe can be found  Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, Around My French Table.

Total time does not include chilling time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 crackers

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 227mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g


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36 comments on “Cheez-It-ish Crackers {Homemade Cheez-Its}”

  1. These are so pretty Liz! And aren’t they perfect for holiday appetizers? Happy Holidays! XO

  2. Your little herb touch is darling and makes this little piece of cheese heaven look even more “très chic”. We Midwestern gals need all the help we can get at being “très chic”, don’t we Liz? I do not have siblings who cook so didn’t have any Alepeppo pepper. It’s on my must-buy list of ingredients to keep on hand. I am wondering what the difference in taste will be since I’ve never had it on hand. I plan to keep these in the freezer and use regularly in a slice-and-bake sort of way. It’s as if making one’s own olives and crackers just places you in the “real cook” category! Maybe. Maybe not. Yours look lovely on your table. Merry Christmas. Happiest of New Year 2013 to you and your family, Liz.

  3. You´re such a busy woman you always have an event where to take your baked goodies! I should´ve made them thicker, and with thyme, that´s a great option. Have a wonderful Christmas Liz!

  4. Hey, this week’s recipe was perfect for your needs. They look great Liz.

  5. I love it when a recipe covers several needs, including being deliciously addictive, which these look. I hope you have fun at the cookie exchange.

  6. Beautiful result, as always! Your crackers look so elegant and classy! The little pop of green from the thyme makes them look incredible. Lovely job! Happy holidays to you and yours, Liz. Have a good one!

  7. Oh, Lizzy, these look amazing! My boyfriend and I are addicted to cheeze its! lol. These are much more refined (and I bet better for us!). Wishing you and yours happy holidays, and sending you big hugs from DC! 😀

  8. These were great, weren’t they? I brought them to a cookie exchange and I think it’s safe to say they were universally loved. The little thyme sprigs are adorable of course!

  9. These are so perfect. I love the ease of the recipe and I am sure the taste is phenomenal.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend Liz!

  10. These are such plain looking cracker but you made them so pretty with your herbs Lizzy! They sound wonderful and I love that they’re so simple!

  11. yum. I do need to make these. Whats not to like?

  12. I love the addition of fresh herbs! I was thinking these would be good with herbs – next time!

  13. What gorgeous pics you took of the food. Looks insanely delicious!

  14. I can never say no to a cheese cracker!

  15. I knew your crackers would be wonderful and so fancy! Great photos!

  16. Pretty pictures, love the touch of fresh thyme;-) I will be making this recipe again very soon;-)

  17. Your photos are so beautiful! And adding fresh thyme is a wonderful idea.

  18. I know I would love this recipe, Liz and I do have some wonderful Gruyère at home (fyi, Costco has a very good one and it’s rather reasonable compared to the cheese shops here). I love the idea of an ornament exchange too, may have to ‘borrow’ that next year.

  19. I thought that this was a great recipe to have in my repertoire for get-togethers. I went the route of rolling the dough into a log and slicing off the crackers. Easy and delicious! And a nice salty counterpoint to the holiday sweets.

  20. beautiful photos!! happy holidays…

  21. I love your herby garnish. They look oh-so-elegant. Perfect for a party! Have a Merry Christmas, Liz!

  22. These may have to make a special appearance on my cheese platter…lovely!!

  23. Your presentations are always so beautiful! These crackers are perfect party food. Merry Christmas!

  24. Your photos are beautiful, Lizzy. These were just so tasty and perfect to serve during the holiday. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  25. Looks like a good snack food. 🙂

  26. Lizzy these look beautiful! I have seen that recipe from Dori in Around My French Table and I cant wait to make it after seeing yours! Yum!

  27. These are lovely crackers Skinny, and the photograph is very appealing.
    I wish you and your family a verry merry Christmas.

  28. I would say these are way better than just Cheese-Its!

  29. I am with the others on loving the thyme touch 🙂 It all looks so beautiful and festive. We enjoyed these immensely…for me the fact that they were “non-fiddly” made me enjoy them all the more. Great job and happy holidays !!

  30. Oh, I have to try these crackers. Great idea for Christmas day lunch snack:) Yours look so pretty and festive with the thyme sprig:)

  31. I love Cheez-It’s. if these even taste remotely like them I have to make them.

  32. it’s simple and delicious

  33. Liz, wonderful Cheese Crackers – I love the presentation of the crackers with one of my very favorite herbs, thyme! I would also like to take the opportunity one more time to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the upcoming year! Looking forward to many more great posts!

  34. Ooooooh these crackers look delightful and delicious (I like alliteration…:P)! Yummers!

  35. I love to find the darker toasted cheez-it crackers in a box, they have a great toasted flavor. Could you make an extra toasted product from original Cheez-it?

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