Cheese Crackers

Cheese Crackers recipe

 The Spruce 

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 18 servings
Yield: 36 crackers
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
139 Calories
10g Fat
8g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18
Amount per serving
Calories 139
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 186mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 25mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cheese crackers are a delicious snack that taste great served with dip, alongside soup, or all on their own. Kids and adults alike will love them as an afternoon treat or accompanying a sandwich. This recipe can easily be adjusted to your family's tastes by using different cheeses and mix-ins, too.

Homemade cheese crackers make a great appetizer or party snack since you can prepare them ahead of time. After cooling completely, they'll keep for a few days in an airtight container at room temperature. Or make a bunch, freeze them, and have them ready for your next surprise guest. A quick reheat in a toaster oven until they are hot and crisp is all they need. Double the recipe if you're feeding a crowd or want to set some aside for a rainy day.

Making your own cheese crackers is healthier than most store-bought crackers since they don't have all of the artificial ingredients, colorings, and preservatives that most packaged foods contain. Pack them up for school lunches, picnics, and long car trips.


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  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for sprinkling, if desired

  • 1 tablespoon dried chives

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Mix together with a spoon until well blended.

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  4. Add the flour, salt, and chives to the butter mixture and mix until well blended.

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  5. Form the dough into 3/4-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the balls using the bottom of a drinking glass or with the tines of a fork until each cracker is about 1/4-inch thick.

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  6. Prick each cracker several times with a fork. Sprinkle with a little salt, if desired.

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  7. Bake the crackers at 350 F for 12 to 17 minutes until they are very lightly browned around the edges.

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  8. Remove the crackers to a wire rack and cool.

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  9. Pair with your favorite dip, hummus, or soup, and enjoy.


  • Swap out the grated cheese to mix up the flavor. Use a combination of Colby and Monterey ​Jack, or try havarti or Swiss in place of the cheddar cheese.
  • Add some whole-wheat flour in place of some of the all-purpose flour.
  • Sprinkle some finely chopped nuts, like pecans or walnuts, into the dough.
  • Add seeds, like sesame, poppy, or chopped sunflower seeds.
  • Give the crackers some spice with a dash of red pepper flakes or cracked black pepper.


  • To freeze, place on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid. Seal in heavy-duty zip-top freezer bags, label, and freeze for up to three months. When ready to eat, toast in a toaster oven or oven until hot and crisp.