Wisconsin Cheddar Crackers


by Laura of The Cooking Photographer

Halloween is quickly approaching, and what better way to celebrate (other than devouring candy, of course) than with homemade cheese crackers filled with the flavors of delicious Wisconsin Cheddar. (These would be great with other Wisconsin Cheeses too. Try them with Wisconsin Gruyère, Parmesan, or Pepato! They work best with a hard cheese that is easy to grate.)

Think Cheez-It meets puff pastry. That’s what these deeply cheesy Wisconsin Cheddar Crackers are like. Plus they’re fun to make with the kids, and even more fun to hoard while your poor kiddos toil away at school. Err, I mean you should be a stellar parent and pack your children homemade cheese crackers for lunch. What kind of mom or dad would steal food from their children anyway? Perhaps one who loves tasty crackers in cute little Halloween shapes?
Making crackers at home is like magic and these are the most magical of all as you watch them puff up into fun Halloween shapes. Cut this recipe into any shape you prefer to enjoy homemade crackers year round.

Wisconsin Cheddar Crackers

By Laura of The Cooking Photographer

Makes 54, 3/8-ounce cookies
Prep time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes

1 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
6 tablespoon unsalted butter, diced
8 ounces shredded Wisconsin Cheddar cheese
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons water

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a food processor pulse together the flour, salt, paprika, and onion powder.

Add the butter and process until combined. Add the Wisconsin Cheddar and pulse until finely chopped. Process in the egg yolk and water until the mixture forms a ball.

Remove the dough and knead in your hands for a few turns. Divide in half and roll one part between two pieces of wax paper to 3/8-inch thick. Peel off the wax paper and stamp dough with cookie stamps or cut with cookie cutters. Place the crackers on cookie sheets.

Freeze the crackers on the cookie sheets for 15 minutes. Repeat this step with the other half of the cracker dough. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Move the cookie sheets to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Cool crackers on cooling racks. Store in an airtight container.