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twenty one cheese crackers on mini vintage sheet pan with napkin, more crackers around, christmas greenery, and jingle bells

Spicy Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Traci
Spicy Cheddar Cheese Crackers... These cracker have SO much more flavor than anything in a box. Crispy, spicy, cheesy, and SO. GOOD. Every bite just melts in your mouth! These crackers make for the perfect gift to give during the holiday season, to serve with a charcuterie board, or enjoy as quick snack.


  • cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar, grated
  • 2 cups Rice Chex, toasted
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grate cheese and allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Spread Rice Chex on a sheet pan and bake in 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until starting to turn a light golden brown. Set aside to cool. Leave oven on.
  • Combine butter and cheese in a medium bowl. Work together until thoroughly combined.
  • Crush Rice Chex and stir into cheese mixture.
  • Add flour.
  • Mix in completely.
  • Mix in salt, cayenne, and hot sauce.
  • Use a half tablespoon to scoop out dough.
  • Roll dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on un-greased sheet pan.
  • Flatten dough balls to 1/8 inch thickness.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12-15 minutes, until just starting to color.


  • You may need a small bowl of flour to dip your tamper into to keep the dough from sticking.
  • The cooking time varies. These crackers can be done in anytime between 10-15 minutes so keep an eye on them!
  • The spices in this recipe are to taste. Be sure to try a bite of dough to see if it has enough or too much spice before baking.
  • Don't leave these crackers too thick, but also don't make them paper thin! They really need to be about an 1/8 inch thick.
  • The cheese grates MUCH better cold.
  • Be sure that your grated cheese and your butter are room temperature.
  • If using sticks of butter, 7/8 cup is 14 Tablespoons.


Serving: 5crackers | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 2mg