If you’ve ever bought an over-priced box of crackers, we’ve got good news: you can make them yourself! Homemade cheese crackers seem complicated but are surprisingly simple to make. While many flour and water crackers come out tasting…ahem…bland, the addition of butter and Wisconsin cheese guarantee these recipes are anything but. Butter makes a rich, flaky texture while Wisconsin cheese works its savory magic in the oven, resulting in that addictive cheesy flavor we love so much.
Plus, homemade Wisconsin cheese crackers are seriously tasty served alongside hearty winter soups and warm salads. Whether you’re making Asiago Broccoli Soup; Beer Cheese Soup; or a Warm Bacon, Date and Pistachio Spinach Salad; fresh out-of-the-oven cheese crackers are a comforting complement on those cold, snowy January days.
However you eat them, here are three of our favorite recipes for homemade Wisconsin cheese crackers:
Sweet Potato and Cheddar Crackers
You can eat them plain or garnished atop a bowl of tomato soup. Either way, these sweet and salty crackers are deliciously munch-able and fun to make. Whole wheat flour, mashed sweet potato, butter and shredded Wisconsin cheddar result in a buttery, golden orange cracker that taste like everyone’s favorite Cheez-Its, but better. If you can resist eating the entire 10 dozen straight from the oven (trust us, it’s harder than it sounds), cool these crackers completely, and store in an airtight container to keep.
Rio Grande Crackers with Wisconsin Pepper Jack Cheese
Nix the long ingredient list found on most cracker boxes in favor of this spicy six-ingredient recipe. These crazy cheesy crackers are made from a simple flour and butter dough laced with serious heat. Ground cayenne pepper and Wisconsin pepper jack cheese cubes add a double dose of spice, while chopped pecans add a satisfying crunch. Serve these wafer-like cheese crackers with a bowl of our Easy Black Bean Soup or warm Grilled Chicken Taco Salad.
Homemade Salted Wheat Crackers
Forget the box! These salty wheat crackers are your new go-to recipe. This healthier, homemade version is crispy and hearty, laced with shredded Wisconsin white cheddar cheese. It’s important not to skimp on the quality of cheese here. Wisconsin white cheddar adds a rich, sharp bite, giving the cracker most of its flavor. There are endless ways to devour these crackers, so making a double batch is a good idea. We also like sprinkling the tops with caraway seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and dried onion for an everything bagel-style twist.