Cheez-its are on my top 3 snack list. Thanks to my boyfriend for discovering the many flavors to choose from. Our number one flavor: Cheddar Jack. While browsing blogs online one day, munching on cheez-its of course, I came across a recipe for Homemade cheez-its at New Nostalgia. They looked delicious and I immediately put the few ingredients I needed onto the grocery list. I wanted to make these as a surprise for Derek, so I cooked them before he got home from work one day. It was very easy and I did end up chilling mine in the fridge. I think I added just a little too much cayenne pepper because they were hot! So if your taste-buds do not like spiciness, then use very little cayenne pepper, just a pinch. This recipe would be most equivalent to the Cheddar Jack flavor of Cheez-its. I am craving to make them again soon. I think they are the perfect winter snack to munch on!
Hot and fresh out of the oven
What You Need:
- 1 cup flour
- 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small squares
- 1 (8-ounce) bag grated extra-sharp 2% Cheddar cheese (preferably orange)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2. Combine all ingredients in bowl and using your mixer on medium speed, mix until crumbly.
3. Add cold water, a tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together.
4. Form into ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for at least 30 minutes
~*(If you add less water you can skip chilling the dough in the freezer)*~
5. Place dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment paper, and roll out to 1/8 inch thickness.
6. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet, and using pizza cutter, cut into 1 inch squares.
7. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 25 minutes.
8. Test for crispiness; crackers may take a few minutes more to finish crisping.
9. Remove from oven when crisp and just starting to brown.
10. Let cool and serve.