I was given this recipe a while back and hesitated to try it, I thought that making crackers would be too difficult. I was so wrong! These were really easy and quick to make and they are delicious! They were a big hit at the Lady’s Luncheon at Church. I have tried them with different flavors of cheddar and gouda, my favorite is using Jalapeno Gouda.
I happened to have an alligator cookie cutter in the cupboard (I think every kitchen should have an alligator cookie cutter). I also have some little Fall cutters from the local craft store. I tried some larger size cutters, but I like the small crackers better. If you prefer, you can skip the cookie cutters and just cut the dough in squares, triangles, diamonds, whatever shape you like.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
8 ounces grated Appel Farms Cheddar or Gouda, any flavor
3 – 4 Tbsp ice water
Place the flour, salt, and butter in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the cheese a little at a time, pulsing after each addition, until the mixture again resembles coarse meal.
Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms a ball. Pulse between each addition and be careful not to add too much water.
Form the dough into two balls and wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill for at least one hour or up to 24 hours.
Using one dough ball at a time, roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into small shapes, with whatever method you prefer and transfer to a baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, keep an eye on them after 10 minutes, they can overcook quickly.
When all the crackers are done, turn off the oven and pile the crackers onto a baking sheet. Put the crackers back into the warm oven for anywhere from an hour to overnight, this will make them crispy. The time it takes varies depending on how big and how thick the crackers are. My alligators only took an hour, but the pumpkins took much longer. If you want to speed up the drying, you can set the oven on warm, but keep an eye on them.