These are buttery, soft and chewy with crispy edges. They are zesty cheesy and my five young kiddos absolutely adored them. They are egg free and nut free and can be made gluten free with just a few substitutions. As an allergy mom myself I know we are the QUEENS of substituting and swapping out ingredients! These take 30 minutes total time from start to finish and they will be gone by the end of the day! 😉
So, without anything further, I give you the recipe for:
Allergy Friendly Homemade Cheezits!
2 cups cheddar cheese ( I used mild but sharp or white would also be yummy! )
1 cup of all purpose flour
5 Tbs softened salted butter
1/2 tsp salt ( I use pink Himalayan salt )
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder ( optional )
1/2 tsp paprika ( optional )
2 Tbs milk
1/4 tsp of salt to dust the tops before putting into oven
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. I used a large cookie sheet plus a small round pan lined with aluminum foil. Use whatever you have. If you use aluminum foil, spray with non-stick spray.
Now to start your dough: Add cheese, flour, butter and spices to a food processor and pulse until well blended. Add milk and pulse until a ball of dough forms. Like this:
Then turn out dough onto a well floured surface and roll out with your rolling pin until 1/8 inch thick. Cut edges with a pizza cutter to form a large rectangle. Put all edges into a pile to the side. Cut large rectangle into 1 inch squares. Mine were more rectangular but I wasn’t striving for perfection 😉 I’m a mom of five…I was striving for get-it-done-super-fast. Now, gently transfer each square onto your lined cookie sheet. Use a thin spatula if needed. After you have all of the squares on your sheet, re-flour your surface and roll out the dough you sat aside. Repeat the process above until all of those squares are also on your baking sheet. Take the dull end of a skewer and poke a hole in the middle of each square. This keeps them from becoming too puffed up. Take a couple pinches of salt and add a very light dusting to the top of the crackers before putting into the pre-heated oven. Bake for about 15 minutes or until edges start becoming brown. Take them out, let them cool and enjoy!!
I call them rustic 😉 Either way, they taste AMAZING.