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Snacks for Kids: Cheesy Crackers

May 25, 2013

Lila has gotten to the age where having a few snacks available for in between meal times isn’t an option—it’s a necessity.   So far, food has been (knock on wood) very easy for us—Lila is a great eater, and I can count on one hand the number of foods that she absolutely won’t touch.  For the most part, she tries everything, she likes almost everything, and she eats…a LOT. 

We’ve been buying the typical “kid snacks” to take along to playdates, etc.—puffs, goldfish, cheerios—you know the drill. 

The dogs are extremely happy about the sudden availability of snacks:

Apparently cheerios are like the dog version of crack. 

I don’t mind buying snacks like goldfish and other store-bought crackers, but I wanted to give homemade crackers a whirl.  I often think about Michael Pollan’s “junk food” rule—if you make it yourself, you can eat it. 

With that in mind, I decided to try my hand at homemade crackers for Lila.  These are super-simple to make, and have less than ten ingredients total.  They’re a little time-consuming, because you have to roll out the dough and cut all of the crackers with a cookie cutter, but I was able to make a big batch from start to finish during her morning nap this morning!

Cheesy Crackers

Ingredients:

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tbsp. nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 cup whole milk

1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

pre-heat oven to 375

In a bowl, mix first seven ingredients until well-combined.  Add milk and olive oil, and mix with hands until a dough forms.  It will be quite crumbly at first, but the more you knead it, the more it will combine.  Once dough has come together, break into two batches. 

On a work surface, roll out the first batch of dough.  Roll it as thin as possible—the thinner the dough is, the more “cracker-like” your crackers will be.  With your cookie cutter of choice, cut out your crackers, bringing the dough together and rolling it out until all of dough has been used.   Place crackers on a non-stick baking sheet.  Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes—the longer you let them bake, the crispier they’ll be. If you want a softer cracker, you can take them out earlier—around 6 minutes. 

Baking time will also depend on the size of your cookie cutter—the heart I used was quite small, so my crackers didn’t bake for very long, but if you were using a larger cookie cutter, they’d need more baking time.  Use your best judgment!

Repeat with second batch of dough.  Allow baked crackers to cool on the baking sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely before storing in tupperware or a ziplock bag. 

Pictures of the process:

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Yummy! Perfect snack for kiddos and adults alike—these would actually be really tasty at a cocktail party, especially if you added a little chopped rosemary to the mix. 

Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. itzyskitchen permalink
    May 25, 2013 5:16 pm

    Bookmarked! They are so cute! The only real boxed treat I buy for Kay is Annie’s bunnies. I would LOVE to do an at home version- these are perfect!

  2. May 25, 2013 9:03 pm

    Yum! I’ve made crackers once and remember it being fairly simple. But if course I never made them again. 😉

  3. ginger635 permalink
    May 26, 2013 8:45 am

    Such a smart girl! Those crackers are so cute, and they look delicious. Lucky Lila!

  4. May 26, 2013 6:06 pm

    I’m reading Food Rules right now. It should take me one day to read, yet I keep picking it up and then getting distracted. I love it so far. I like the rule “you can eat anything you make”, simple and straight forward. The cracker recipe sounds wonderful. I think it’s smart to start doing this when Lila is young, because you know when she gets older she won’t be willing to try as many new things that mommy makes (the boxed varieties are always “Better” in the eyes of a child!). You’re smart to introduce these things when she’s young. Yum yum.

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