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These crunchy crackers are a hit at any party.


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Recipe Summary

2 hrs
20 mins
Makes about 50

These crisp, buttery crackers make an impressive hostess gift alongside a bottle of wine. We've included a classic Cheddar option, as well as three creative flavor variations if you want to mix things up: Pimiento Cheese; Pecan-and-Thyme; and Bacon, Bourbon, and Benne Seed.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Process cheese, flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, salt, dry mustard, and pepper in a food processor until combined, about 5 seconds. Add butter, and process until mixture resembles wet sand, about 20 seconds. With processor running, add water through food chute; process until dough forms a ball, 10 to 15 seconds.

  • Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a 6-inch log, about 1 ¾ inches in diameter. Wrap logs individually in plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F with oven racks in upper and lower thirds. Unwrap logs, and slice into ⅛-inch-thick rounds. Place dough rounds, ½ inch apart, on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

  • Bake in preheated oven until edges are golden brown, about 14 minutes, rotating baking sheets top to bottom halfway through bake time. Cool crackers on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Try These Twists

Pimiento Cheese Shortbread CrackersPrepare recipe as directed in Step 1, substituting finely shredded sharp yellow Cheddar cheese for extra-sharp white Cheddar. Knead ¼ cup diced, well-drained pimientos and ¼ cup chopped fresh chives into dough. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 2 through 4.

Pecan-and-Thyme Shortbread CrackersPrepare recipe as directed in Step 1. Knead ½ cup finely chopped toasted pecans and 1 ½ Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme into dough. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 2 through 4.

Bacon, Bourbon, and Benne Seed Shortbread CrackersPrepare recipe as directed in Step 1, adding 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar with cheese mixture and substituting bourbon for water. Knead ½ cup chopped cooked bacon into dough. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 2 and 3, rolling dough logs in ⅓ cup benne seeds before wrapping and chilling. Just before baking, sprinkle 2 Tbsp. benne seeds evenly over dough rounds. Proceed as directed in Step 4.