ffwD: Cheez-it-ish crackers

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This week’s assignment, cheez-it-ish crackers, re-worked the original concept of the bright orange, processed cheese-flavored bites into a fancy appetizer worth serving at cocktail parties. Early on, I was concerned about the crumbly dough as there was no wet ingredient to act as a binder. The recipe relies on the cold butter and grated Emmentaler to combine enough in the food processor so that it comes together. My dough came together somewhat, but I had to do a lot of coaxing when separating the dough into thirds. Thank goodness for the long chill time (3 hours to overnight) because these crackers sliced up quickly and evenly.

I incorporated whole wheat flour into my dough and used a bit more than a “pinch” of cayenne pepper. With that extra bit, these crackers were more savory than I expected, so I needed to cut the bite by making a side of cranberry-date “jam” to spread on top. With the jam, these crumbly, cheesy crackers were perfect, and I’m saving the two extra logs to make over Christmas for my family. Another great recipe in my opinion!

These cheez-it-ish crackers were made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. apuginthekitchen
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 11:39:29

    Perfect timing for Holiday get togethers. They look fantastic.

  2. Sara
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 12:05:42

    I had the same concern about how dry the dough was, so I was pleased how nice and pliable it was out of the fridge. I like the changes you made; I’d like to try them with the whole wheat flour some time. Yours look great, especially with all that pretty jam! Happy holidays to you and your family!

  3. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 12:32:53

    Homemade crackers are something I’ve been wanting to make for quite a while. They sound really good with the cayenne and cheese.

  4. Liz Weber Berg
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 12:37:05

    Yes, these were wonderful. I was surprised at how much flavor they had just from the cheese. Thanks for all the sweet comments throughout the year…Merry Christmas!!!

  5. spicegirlfla
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 12:46:18

    I love these! A substitue for those little cheez-its! My kids loved those, so glad they outgrew them. I will have to see how they like handmade crackers. Happy holidays!

  6. tammycirceo
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 12:48:30

    They really were so wonderful. I had a “few” of them, with some salame and herbed olives … I called it dinner.🙂

  7. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 12:57:27

    A total winner these crackers! Interesting pairing them with jam…

  8. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 13:00:50

    I love savoury crackers, they would be very welcome on my Christmas cheese board!

  9. cooking varieties
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 13:39:21

    Hi dear, this crackers look very appetizing, especially loaded with cheese..
    so, you must be pretty busy baking cookies and cakes for the fiesta.. wishing you and family a merry christmas and happy holidays.

  10. Garden Correspondent
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 13:39:53

    These make me want to have a party, and I hate parties.

  11. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 13:43:42

    These look great and I love the addition of the jam. A perfect holiday appetizer!

  12. guineapigfood
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 14:35:43

    Those look great! I might have to try the recipe – I love cheesey crackers!

  13. nana
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 14:37:03

    Your crackers looks perfect and I love the cranberry-date jam on top.
    Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

  14. Norma Chang
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 15:12:03

    Your family is in for a treat.

  15. Cakelaw
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 15:34:15

    I wish I had thought of the log idea so that Iir was easier to cut them out – it is summer here and it was rather nightmarish cuting these out. I want some of that jam – it sounds marvellous. Is it homemade? Merry Christmas.

  16. Mary Hirsch
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 19:11:09

    Extra cayenne or not, I think a little jam is a perfect (and pretty) addition to these crackers. I also wondered how these were going to come together but they did. It was fun to make these crackers. First, olives. Then, crackers. Things I never thought I’d make by hand. Have a wonderful holiday.

  17. betsy
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 21:23:28

    I love the jam topping. Must have been delicious with the savory crackers. Nice combo. Merry Christmas.

  18. squishymonster
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 21:25:55

    I would’ve done the same thing with the cayenne =)

  19. libishski
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 23:48:30

    I love cheese (even orange cheese – sometimes!) and these look delicious🙂

  20. Elaine
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 01:25:17

    The cranberry jam sounds like a perfect accompaniment to these!

  21. My Kitchen Stories
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 02:02:07

    These always make a great cocktail food and I would be happy if mine looked as good as yours.

  22. Cher
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 07:47:40

    Jam and crackers – mmmmm.
    Extra cayenne is never a bad thing, right?

  23. Tandy
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 08:01:07

    I’m sure the cayenne gave it zing and cranberries sound like a perfect accompaniment🙂

  24. Hotly Spiced
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 14:54:17

    I love cheese crackers but I’ve never made my own – I always buy them! I think a touch of cayenne pepper would have given these a real flavour boost xx

  25. Balvinder
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 18:55:13

    I am sure cayenne would have added a nice kick to the cheesy crackers.

  26. Ronda
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 19:16:33

    Oh… it would be good with jam like that!

  27. Inger Wilkerson
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 21:45:28

    I’ve always wanted to try making crackers–what a great “assignment”!

  28. triciaandnana
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 23:06:30

    Cranberry-date jam ?? SUBLIME !!! Love it and it looks gorgeous as well. We didn’t slow down in eating these to think of any variations….they got scarfed down pretty quick with the whole family around🙂 Happy Holidays !! ~Tricia

  29. Amanda Chic
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 07:41:09

    love it!!! i’ll do it for xmas🙂

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    A chic kiss😉

  30. Sara
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 07:43:23

    These look fantastic! I love Cheez-its…they sound great with that cranberry jam…YUM!

  31. Daniela
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 08:46:49

    After cooking too many sweets for Xmas, I’m longing for something salty. These cheez-it-crackers are just what I need!

  32. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 08:51:59

    oooh I would these as an afternoon snack!

  33. Ameena
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 10:32:57

    I used to eat Cheez-Its like they were going out of style…they were SO tasty. Haven’t had one in years and these seem like a much more age-appropriate alternative!

    Happy Holidays my friend. Hope that you have a fantastic Christmas.

  34. Jasline (Foodie Baker)
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 20:47:57

    This is such an interesting assignment, cheezy crackers! Looks very delicious. Merry Christmas to you and happy holidays!

  35. Audrey Allure
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 20:54:39

    They look delicious with that cranberry-date jam!

  36. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 21:07:37

    These are great for the holidays–I made them last year and loved them! Merry Christmas!

  37. kitchen flavours
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 00:43:07

    This look good! I think I could not stop munching these !
    Merry Christmas!

  38. Amelia
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 11:26:17

    Hi, your crackers look really good. Don’t think I can stop munching if you put the whole plate in fornt of me. LOL

    Best regards.

  39. ambrosiana
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 18:11:50

    Delicious looking crackers! Merry Xmas!

  40. courtneybentley
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 19:47:04

    Wow these sound delicious! I may have to give crackers a try I’ve never attempted but this recipe seems doable🙂 thank you for sharing love and shine courtstar

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