Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheese Crackers
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Most of you clearly know this by now – I am pretty much obsessed with cheese. Way back in first grade I brought cheese and crackers for snack time at school. My favorite was that sharp cheddar cheese that came in a small plastic tub and was sandwiched between two crackers. It was heaven. I don’t recall many specifics from first grade and kindergarten, but I do remember that. I think it was because one time I forgot my snack and was very upset about it. And by upset I mean totally devastated. Thankfully, being the angel that she is, my mom brought in my snack at some point during the day. It was cheese and crackers.

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This obsession with cheese, unlike many other things, has stayed with me into adulthood. In fact, I love just about anything with cheese. So when I came upon this recipe for ‘Sharp Cheddar Cheese Crackers’ from the fabulous Joy the Baker, I knew I had to give them a try. I mean, how cool would it be to say I actually made a cracker. Not many people can say that, right?

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Armed with two of my favorite cheeses from Cracker Barrel, I knew I couldn’t go wrong. I decided to make two varieties of these crackers. The first would be with Sharp Cheddar Cheese and the second would be with Jalapeño Cheese (I didn’t mean to double up on the heat, but that’s how these things go sometimes.)

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Clearly the cheese is the superstar in this recipe. The full, rich, and authentic flavor of Cracker Barrel‘s cheese shines through and packs these little bites with so much flavor you wouldn’t believe it. Plus, one package of cheese is exactly how much you’ll need to make one batch of these delights. I was actually surprised by how easily they come together. You start with butter and lots of delicious cheese. Mix in some spices, flour, and a little water and the dough just comes together beautifully. I was amazed.

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As I mentioned above, I made two variations of this recipe. You could use any combination of cheese that you like. You could also add in different spices and ingredients to create a really unique flavor. For another option, be sure to try Joy’s Chili Cheese variety.

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Split the dough into two equal discs and chill for thirty minutes. Once chilled, roll out thin.

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At this point, I used a pizza slicer to cut out squares. You could also use a cookie or biscuit cutter if you prefer a different shape.

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Prick each cracker with a wooden skewer or something similar in shape, pop into the oven, and prepare for your house to smell like cheddar cheese heaven.

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Let’s check out the full recipe.

Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheese Crackers:

Here’s what you will need:

8 ounces Extra Sharp Cracker Barrel Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
10 slices of jarred jalapeños, finely chopped

In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter, cheese, salt, and pepper until blended. With the mixer on low, slowly add flour. At this point, your mixture will become dry and crumbly.

Mix in chopped jalapeños. Add water, one tablespoon at a time. Beat until the mixture just comes together into a ball. At this point, the mixture should be moist. If it feels wet, simply add a touch more flour. Divide the mixture into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 25 – 30 minutes.

Once chilled, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough very thin, about an eighth of an inch thick.

Then, using a pizza slicer, cut horizontal and vertical lines into your dough to create about 1-inch square crackers. Poke each cracker with a wood skewer or fork. Place crackers on prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Cool before serving. Chill in an airtight container for up to three days.

*To make the Jalapeño Cheese Crackers, simply omit the jalapeños and replace the Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese with Jalapeño cheese.

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I can’t begin to tell you how delicious these little suckers are. The taste is similar to those oh-so-familiar crackers you can buy in the store, but nothing compares to the freshness, flakiness, and super cheese-filled flavor of homemade goodies. You’ll be so glad you made them. And trust me on this one, you can do it! Now go give them a try and report back on your success!

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Homemade Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheese Crackers

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By Michael Wurm, Jr. Published: August 22, 2013

    Author: Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter, cheese, salt, and pepper until blended. With the mixer on low, slowly add flour. At this point, your mixture will become dry and crumbly.
    2. Mix in chopped jalapeños. Add water, one tablespoon at a time. Beat until the mixture just comes together into a ball. At this point, the mixture should be moist. If it feels wet, simply add a touch more flour.
    3. Divide the mixture into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 25 - 30 minutes.
    4. Once chilled, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough very thin, about an eighth of an inch thick.
    5. Then, using a pizza slicer, cut horizontal and vertical lines into your dough to create about 1-inch square crackers. Poke each cracker with a wood skewer or fork. Place crackers on prepared baking sheet.
    6. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Cool before serving. Chill in an airtight container for up to three days.
    7. *To make the Jalapeño Cheese Crackers, simply omit the jalapeños and replace the Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese with Jalapeño cheese.
    1. Cheese glorious cheese … those crackers sound great, I’m going to try baking them with whole wheat pastry flour. Fav fall inspired cheese dish(s) : fondue baby! and Ina Garten’s Goat Cheese Lasagna, although I make this year round I found it really great to make as my contribution to fall get together buffets.

    2. Cheese, glorious cheese! I love stuffed shells, with a blend of ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, dressed lightly with a homemade marinara sauce topped with fresh grated Parmesan Regiano and baked to a ooey, gooey goodness. (That doesn’s sound obsessed, does it?) BTW, can’t wait to bake up a batch of these crackers.

    3. This year I found a new love: toasted baguette with goat cheese, broiled til just a little melty, then topped with fresh figs and a drizzle of honey. HEAVEN.

    4. Just sent my kids off to school with cheez-its in their lunch boxes….after reading this, can’t wait to try this recipe and see what they think! Thank you, sounds great!!!

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    5. Fall means cheesy, potato and bacon soup.
      Current summer side —- fresh garden tomatoes baked/toasted with mozzarella and parmasean on top. Yum!

    6. I love to have cheesy mashed potatoes during the fall. Pair them with a roasted chicken with homemade gravy and I am in heaven!

    7. Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs!!! These deviled eggs include bacon and shredded cheddar cheese! yummy! :)

    8. A veggie gratin with too much cheese… but man, mac n cheese or lasagna sounds great right now too, now that the above posters mentioned it.

    9. These look amazing!! I cannot buy cheezits because i’d eat the whole box. So, I can’t make these either unless I made just one portion! well done :)

    10. I love making cheese tortellini pasta with spinach, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Tons of cheese and it’s perfect for the fall :)

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    11. I would guess – a cheezy caso dip – can’t go wrong there!! But I do love mushroom caps with sausage and hot pepper cheese melted in!!! Those are to. die. for.!!!!!

    12. I’m not in the US, so not eligible, but can I say how much I love me some cheesy bruschetta with homegrown organic tomatoes? Yummmmm. Broccoli and cheese soup is also right up there for me.

    13. I love a gooey grilled cheese on hearty bread with creamy tomato soup… but I am also hoping to make an apple pie this fall with some grated cheddar on top. I’ve never had cheese on top of pie but I’m really looking forward to it!

    14. I love baking casseroles when the cooler weather finally hits us. I think all of my casseroles have some sort of cheese in them! Lasagna and stuffed shells are my favorite. So warm & comforting on a crisp autumn day ;)

    15. I have this cheese pimiento recipe I received from a friend. You melt cheese and add several things to it. I pour equal amounts of cheese onto small ramekins and add color. I spread it to layers of white bread ( different color for each layer), cut the crusts off and cut the sandwich into small squares and rectangles. The side view of this appetizer sandwich is divine! Good with vegetable soup!

    16. Love Cheddar broccoli soup in the fall. Nothing is better than Cheddar Broccoli soup with a slice of baguette. Heaven!

    17. Gosh, not a whole lot can beat out nachos. And/or baked Brie. And/or caprese salad. And/or goat cheese/ garlic/ peppers.

      Basically, if it’s cheese, we’re all set.

    18. I would have to say my cheese inspired fall recipe would be cheesy creamy potato soup and these crackers would go perfect with my soup!!!!

    19. I am so gonna try that recipe. It sounds so good. For autumn, I’m thinking I’m going to make some homemade macaroni and cheese. I’ve never tried making it before. My husband and I both love jalapenos so I think it will probably be a spicy mac and cheese dish.

    20. I would have to say my favorite cheese dish is Eggs Benedict topped with fresh crab or smoked salmon. Now I am off to make the cheese crackers. Yum!!! :)

    21. I absolutely love any recipe that has cheese and no matter how much it says to add, I always add extra!!! Cheese just makes the recipe!!

    22. There is nothing as wonderful as home made pimento cheese. In the south, you will find a bowl of it with crackers or bread at every function. A grilled pimento cheese sandwich with bacon added is Heaven on earth!

    23. I grew up in Wisconsin, the dairy state. Cheese is one of my favorite things. I especially like a plate of cheese enchiladas, covered in, CHEESE!

    24. Those look delicious! I like have simple snacks with fresh veggies and herbs from the garden-like home-made pizza! Thanks for a chance to win, and have a great day! kmassman gmail

    25. My favorite fall dish made with cheese would be a pasta dish called Firehouse spaghetti. I found the recipe in a HEB grocery store cookbook about 10 years ago and have been making ever since with rave reviews. It has Old English cheese (in a jar) and Rotel and cream of mushroom soup and it is delicious and it makes enough for an army !!!

    26. I love to make a big batch of cheese straws and can’t wait to try this cracker recipe! You also can never go wrong with a big pot of chili with lots of shredded cheddar to top it!

    27. My favorite cheese dish is very simple but to me very indulgent! Buffalo Chicken Cheese dip, it takes five minutes to make and every one in my family loves it.

    28. My favorite fall cheese dish is homemade macaroni and cheese. It’s really a comfort food for me and my family.

    29. I have to go with loaded, meaty, cheesy nachos! The kind with all the fixings like fresh lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole and more! YUM :)

    30. Cheesy Three-Corn Casserole. Canned corn, creamed corn, box Jiffy mix, 1 egg, 8 oz sour cream, stick of butter, lots of sharp cheddar cheese. Mix it all together and bake for 50-60 minutes at 350.

    31. Well I live in Wisconsin so my favorite fall cheesey food is Wisconsin beer cheese soup…so delicious and warms you right up when the weather’s chilly :)

    32. We definitely enjoy Chicken Cheesy Quesadillas this time of year. We have a quesadilla maker that we use every two weeks. For the holidays, cut tortillas to look like bats.

    33. My favorite cheesy dish for the fall is sauted apple on goat cheese on crackers.
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    34. My favorite comfort food to make with cheese when there’s a chill in the air is the original Fannie Farmer Macaroni and Cheese recipe. It is just the perfect dish to warm your soul on a cold day.
      I like to use various types of cheese in it to switch it up a bit. Yummy!
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    35. I love to cook – here’s a really simple 2-ingredient recipe – Buy 2 packages of Hillshire Farms Polska Kielbasa, and a bag of Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes O-Brien. In two separate frying pans, coat with oil, fry potatoes up in one slowly until cooked, and in the other frying pan, cut up kielbasa into slices – about 1/2-inch thick, cook up. That’s it – toss them together – can be re-heated in a microwave, and it’s a great quick dinner. So always have on hand kielbasa (lasts quite a while in refrigerator – it’s already cooked, you’re just heating it up, and buy a few bags of the frozen potatoes. (In case you can’t find potatoes o-brien, it’s basically just a bag of hash browns with onions, red and green peppers, etc.!)

    36. Easy! Around fall I start craving mass quantities of chowder. Being a cheese addict myself, I always toss in large handfuls of shredded cheese in, until it’s silky smooth, thick, and packed full of cheesy flavor! Add in a big ole’ crusty baguette and curl up with a warm blanket, a book or a movie, and that’s my idea of a wonderful fall night!

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    39. Fall means fire pits, family/friends and comfort food…slow smoked ham mac & three cheeses, beer cheese bisque, with your cracker recipe or bacon cheddar potato casserole. That’s how I show “cheesy love” when the leaves start to furn!!!

    40. These look just like what I’ve been looking for! Do wish there was a link for a one-page printer ready recipe, though. I will definitely make them!

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