Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers

Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers

Okay, folks! Here’s the recipe you’ve been requesting via Facebook. We wanted to make a cheese cracker that is less processed but similar in taste to Cheez-Its. After trying recipes from other sites, we have created our own recipe that we are thrilled to share with you! These take a little time to make, (mostly because you need to hand cut each cracker) but if you take time to make them on a Sunday afternoon you’ll have enough crackers to munch on throughout the week. Not only did these get the coveted Neil stamp of approval (keep in mind Cheez-It crackers are one of Neil’s all time favorite snacks), but also the co-worker stamp of approval, which is pretty hard to come by!

The zing of the sharp cheddar cheese packs these crunchy crackers with flavor. Someday in the near future we’ll try new cheeses with this same recipe. Ideas so far include a parmesan rosemary cracker, and a pepper jack and fresh cilantro cracker. It’s fun to think of possible combinations. The baking time really effects the flavor of these crackers. Neil really likes these brown, but I like them a light golden color. Either way, I’d start at 10 minutes and go from there. Let us know what you think after you try these at home!


1 cup whole wheat flour

5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (have more handy to add right before baking)

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt


Preheat oven to 350°. Combine ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined and large crumbs are sticking together.

Using your hands, create one large dough ball with the large crumbs (it should stick together easily). Roll dough very thin onto a cutting board. You will need to work in batches based on how big your cutting board is.

Cut rolled dough into small squares and gently lift squares using a knife to silicone baking mat atop a baking sheet. (If you don’t have one of these, try using non-stick spray on a baking sheet. Report back and let us know how that works!)

If you’d like, you can press the edge of a fork in each cracker to create the classic Cheez-It design.

Sprinkle crackers generously with salt.

Bake for 10 minutes or until firm and a golden color. Cool and add more salt if needed. Store in an air tight container.

Makes a whoooole lot!

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Comments (11)

  • Lindsey 6 years ago Reply

    Ooohh- I can’t wait to try these! Making them this weekend…

    The Newlywed Chefs 6 years ago Reply

    Lindsey let us know how they turn out!

  • Caitlin 6 years ago Reply

    Made these today and LOOOVE them! I don’t have a silicone baking sheet and I just used cookie sheets with parchment paper and it worked great. These will be a staple in our home!

    The Newlywed Chefs 6 years ago Reply

    Awesome! So glad that they work with parchment paper!

  • Tara Noland 6 years ago Reply

    Wow, do those look good. I am going to add these to my Mouth Watering Mondays post next Monday. Come on over to see them at http://www.noshingwiththenolands.com Cheers, Tara

    The Newlywed Chefs 6 years ago Reply

    Thanks, Tara! We’re honored to be a part of your Mouth Watering Mondays! We’ll stop by your site that day for sure. Take care!

  • Lindsey 6 years ago Reply

    Finally made these today- SO good! I think I over-salted the first batch, but the second was perfect. The kids love them. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Bonnie Banters 6 years ago Reply

    Oh, thank you…I love these and especially that they’re made w/whole wheat! Would make a terrific salad topper!

  • Bradd 5 years ago Reply

    Cheese Its got nothing on these…wow. Love them.

  • Sara 5 years ago Reply

    I made these this morning and I am addicted already. I have been trying to eat less processed foods but have a love for Cheez It’s! I will be making these often. Thank for you the recipe!

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Sara, I’m so glad they turned out well! Good for you for eating less processed foods. It’s easier said than done, but it looks like you’re on your way to a healthy lifestyle!

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