The Pantry Revamp is a series here on Five Little Homesteaders. To read more about it, check out the first post here. To read all the posts in the series, click the “pantry revamp” label to the right.
I did a post early on in this series about replacing the goldfish crackers in my pantry with something more wholesome. I’ve made the recipe from that post a few times but to be honest, they haven’t become a favorite. I think part of it is that I don’t have a stand mixer and I’m trying to do it all by hand – thus the dough never becomes the consistency that the recipe intends.
Either way, when I saw this picture on Pinterest after a friend pinned it, I decided I had another chance to replace the goldfish crackers and this time, I may have hit a winner.
This recipe is adapted from the one I pinned, which can be found here on the site Pretty Prudent.
Homemade, Whole-Wheat, Cheese Crackers
4 oz grated cheese (I used Colby-Jack because that is what I had)
1/2 c whole wheat flour
3 tbsp room temperature butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1. Put it all in your food processor. (No stand mixer needed!) Pulse until you get a crumbly mixture.
2. Add water a 1/2 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together.
3. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 20 minutes
4. Roll out between two pieces of plastic wrap.
5. Cut into (sorta) even squares and poke each with a toothpick in the middle to get that “cheez-it” look after they bake.
6. Bake at 375 degrees for 11 minutes. Watch them closely so that they don’t burn. Depending on how thin or thick you rolled out your dough, cooking time might vary.
Cookbooks for making more snacks at home:
This 288 page book by Alana Chernila offers a chance for readers to go into her kitchen as she shares recipes for over 100 everyday staples.
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In this 128 page book by Andrea Slonecker, you will learn how to make 50 different recipes. Whether you like crunchy or savory, this book has the recipe you’re looking for.
4. Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers: Low-fat, Low-Sugar, Low-Salt Snack, Garnish or Croutons New, Easy, No-roll method, 2nd Edition
Written by Alice Friedemann, this book has 80 pages and offers many recipes for crackers and chips. The book goes into why you want to use whole grains, what equipment is needed, how to make crackers and chips, and how to make sweet crackers.