Learn how to make your own Cheese Crackers at home with this easy recipe. You can even add jalapeños to this recipe for spicy cheese crackers.

Most of you clearly know this by now – I am pretty much obsessed with cheese. That’s why today I’m so excited to share my recipe for these Homemade Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheese Crackers.

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.

Cheddar and Jalaepño Cheese 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.

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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.

How to make Homemade Cheese Crackers:

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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.

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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 Recipe:

Homemade Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheese Crackers

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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, crackers
Learn how to make your own Cheese Crackers at home with this easy recipe. You can even add jalapeños to this recipe for spicy cheese crackers.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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Learn how to make your own Cheese Crackers at home with this easy recipe. You can even add jalapeños to this recipe for spicy cheese crackers. Most of you clearly know this by now – I am pretty much obsessed with cheese. That’s why today I’m so excited to share my recipe for these Homemade […]




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I don’t know about you, but this summer has been a busy one for me. I am thankful, though, because it has meant lots of fun times with my family and friends.

Whenever I head to someone’s house, I always like to bring something with me. Whether it is a big pitcher of sangria, a tray of cupcakes, or another yummy treat, I try not to show up empty-handed.

Although I tend to rely on a few standard recipes, I always keep an eye out for something new. Any recipe that is delicious, easy, and affordable is a winner in my book! If it involves cheese, so much the better!

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I’ve found that cheese balls are always popular at parties. They are a tasty snack, and you can get really creative with the ingredients. Since I’m also a big fan of buffalo chicken, I knew that combining the two would be a match made in heaven.

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I started off with some delicious, rich, and full-flavor Extra Sharp Cracker Barrel Cheese. When you are making a cheese ball, I’ve learned you need to use really good cheese. And when you can buy award-wining cheese at the grocery store, I’m all about it! Cracker Barrel Cheese is know for it’s rich and full flavor. It really does make this recipe shine as it’s bursting with flavor!

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This dish comes together so quickly; you may just want to bring it to every party.

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball | Inspired by Charm

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball

Here’s what you will need:

3 tablespoons blue cheese dressing
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons buffalo sauce (Frank's Red Hot)
8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
1½ cup shredded Extra Sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup walnuts (finely chopped)

Let’s get cooking!

In a large bowl, mix blue cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, buffalo sauce, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Then, form the mixture into a ball.

Spread out the chopped walnuts on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll the cheese ball in the walnuts. Wrap the plastic wrap around the ball and refrigerate it for at least thirty minutes. Serve with celery and crackers.

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That’s it! A delicious, quick, and easy recipe for any get together! Your friends and family will gobble it up. Just be prepared – they may be inviting you to every party from now on.

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I don’t know about you, but this summer has been a busy one for me. I am thankful, though, because it has meant lots of fun times with my family and friends. Whenever I head to someone’s house, I always like to bring something with me. Whether it is a big pitcher of sangria, a […]




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Can I share a secret with you? I’ve never made a pie crust from scratch. Never. I think I’ve had a fear of it similar to my previous fear of yeast. I think my fear might stem from the fact that it took my mom a few attempts to learn how to make pie crust like my grandma’s. Mom still gets teased about it to this day. Though, I will say, at this point, my mom’s pie dough is pure perfection and I would happily eat any pie she prepared.

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

Though technically not a pie, I can officially say I conquered my fear with this fabulous crostata. And what better way to do it than a classic apple filling. There is something quintessentially American about pie, especially apple pie. With Independence Day just around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect treat for an impromptu porch party. Don’t you think?

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All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

My favorite part about this particular crostata is the cheddar crust. Apples and cheese are a match made in heaven. Plus, cheese is an American favorite. Cheese and apple pie are so deeply ingrained in our culture that some people can’t picture life without them! Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get what I mean. Anyway, cheese and apple pie are the perfect combination for a Fourth of July celebration. Plus, this recipe is as easy as … well … pie!

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

This recipe comes from Martha Stewart. (Thanks, Martha!) You can check it out here. I adapted it slightly to suit my needs. The pie dough comes together in a food processor, which makes it almost foolproof. I also opted to use Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese because I wanted to be able to see specks of orange in the crust. Plus, this particular cheese is so amazingly rich, creamy, and delicious – it was a perfect addition.

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I know that some of you may be thinking that cheese is a weird addition to pie, but don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. It’s pretty subtle, but it adds a really unique depth of flavor to the dessert. It’s quite wonderful. And to make things even better, your guests will think you are pretty fancy for having cheese baked into your homemade crust.

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All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

All right, enough chit chat, time to bake!

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust

Here’s what you’ll need:

For The Crust

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for surface
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
1 cup shredded Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
Coarse sanding sugar, for sprinkling

For The Filling
2 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup apricot preserves, warmed

Let’s get baking!

Pulse flour and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. Drizzle 1/4 cup water evenly over mixture. Pulse until mixture just begins to hold together (dough should not be wet or sticky). If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse. (I ended up using almost ½ cup of the water) Add cheese; pulse until combined.

Shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes or up to overnight. (You can freeze your other disk of dough for up to one month.) Roll out dough to a 13-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Toss together apples, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread filling over dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border. Fold edges in to form a crust; brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sanding sugar (I didn’t have sanding sugar, so I just used standard sugar. I also sprinkle a little cinnamon on the top of the crostata.)

Refrigerate until edges are firm, about 30 minutes. Bake crostata until apples are tender and crust is golden, about 1 hour 20 minutes. (Mine baked for about 1 hour. I also covered it with a piece of aluminum foil about 40 minutes into the baking to prevent any burning.) Let cool slightly. Brush apples with apricot preserves.

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

That’s it! As you can see, the recipe is fairly straightforward and simple. Be sure to factor in your dough cooling times. They may seem silly, but they are important. While, I’m no pie crust expert, I think my mom would be proud of how well I did on my first attempt.

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Now, I’m off to dig into this new American classic! What do you think of crostata? Will you be adding some cheddar to your piecrust?

 

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