Spicy Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Homemade Spicy Cheddar Cheese Crackers. The delicious holiday snack that your friends and family will ask for every single year! They’re so much better than anything you could buy in the store and even more fun to make. Trust me, these crackers are actually way easier to make than you’d think. Crispy, spicy, cheesy, and SO. GOOD. They’re fun-to-make crackers during the holiday season that are extra crunchy, flaky, perfectly seasoned with salt and cayenne pepper, and heavy on the cheese. Every bite is absolutely delicious and just melts in your mouth. These savory snacks are best enjoyed any time, on a charcuterie board, with a glass of wine, or even as a gift during the holiday’s. But, fair warning, these cheesy crackers are hard to stop eating! They’re THAT good!

sheet pan full of cheese crakers with christmas decorations around, a tan napkin, and cake knife

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About The Recipe

Happy Monday! Can you believe we’re already almost a week into December? Time seems to be flying, but at least it’s the holiday’s, right? There’s always something to do and it’s (generally) a lot of fun! We’ve been trying to finish the last of our Christmas decorations, while trying to come up with and bake more delicious treats. It’s been a bit a whirlwind, but the finish line is in sight! Mostly because we (finally) started our Christmas traditions the other day.

Which is where these spicy cheddar cheese crackers come in!

My entire life, my family has made these crackers. Without fail. Christmas doesn’t start until a Nut Cake is in the oven and everyone is in the kitchen help scoop and roll the triple batch of cheese crackers we made!

It’s a lot of fun and when I was little, it was something my brother and I looked forward to every year. Mostly because we made ourselves sick snacking on the dough, but you know…it was still something that made it feel like Christmas. Snacking on at least a bite of this dough almost has become a tradition between me and my brother in of itself!

Though, since we moved last year, we didn’t really give ourselves time to make a batch…which made this batch all that more special!

ten stacked cheese crackers with bite taken out of one

What’s even better is that this recipe has been in my family fo generations! My great grandmother used to make this same cracker, but called them cheese crisps. It’s evolved since then and growing up, we called them cheese straws, which they’re very similar to, but easier to make.

So, this recipe is thoroughly tested. It does not get any better than this! Oh, and you don’t ever really have to worry about over-working the dough in this recipe. It’s SO simple and a pretty sturdy cracker. If you have kids or just people in your family that aren’t too familiar with baking, but want to help this holiday season, this is a great recipe to get them involved in!

All you need to do is grate some cheddar, mix it, scoop it, roll it into a ball, and press it into a thin cracker. It sounds like a lot of steps, but I promise it’s so much simpler than it sounds.

And every bite of these crackers are SO. GOOD. A simple cheesy and crispy cracker with enough spice to make this recipe something special!

What To Expect From These Crackers

  • Super easy to make
  • Crispy and crunchy texture
  • Spiced without being too spicy
  • Makes for the perfect homemade gift during the holiday’s
cheese crackers on vintage sheet pan with napkin, more crackers around, christmas greenery, and jingle bells

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Cheese Grater
  • Sheet Pan
  • Tamper

Ingredients

(Full ingredient quantities and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

  • Salted Butter
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Rice Chex
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Hot Sauce
  • Salt
flour, butter, rice chex, Tabasco, salt, cayenne pepper, and cheddar cheese on marble counter

How To Make These Cheese Crackers

Grate cheddar cheese and set aside to allow to come to room temperature.

Spread Rice Chex on a sheet pan and bake at for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until starting to turn a light golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Combine butter and grated cheese in a medium bowl. Work together until thoroughly combined.

Crush the Rice Chex into the butter mixture and mix until combined.

Stir in the salt, cayenne, and Tobasco.

Add flour and mix until well combined. It will be crumbly for a bit, but it will eventually work in.

Using a 1/2 Tablespoon, measure out dough and roll into balls. Flatten the dough balls to about an 1/8 inch thick. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until just starting to turn lightly brown on the edges. Let cool before serving.

How To Store

After baking, these crackers can be stored on an airtight container at room temperature (on the counter!) for about two weeks. You can also freeze the dough, if needed. Just let it come to room temperature before measuring, rolling, pressing, and baking.

Substitutions

  • You can use vegan butter and vegan cheese to make this recipe!
stacked cheese crackers with a bite taken out of one and more crackers behind

Expert Tips

  • 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.

When you make these Spicy Cheddar Cheese Crackers, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

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

Spicy Cheddar Cheese Crackers

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.
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Snacks
Cuisine Southern
Servings 18
Calories 192 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 5crackersCalories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 333mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 482IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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2 Comments

  1. We made a batch of these this afternoon as a possible for gift for the neighbors; awesome! We will be making more tomorrow!

    1. Hi Kay! We are SO glad to hear you loved these crackers as much as we do. They’re a great gift to give during the holiday’s, but also just to snack on! Happy baking!🥰 Xo, Caylie