Chef John’s Cheesy Crackers

  • Recipe By
  • Published Jun 8th
  • Ready In1h 20m
  • Servings36
  • Calories25
These crunchy, crispy crackers have a big, bold cheese flavor. They're vastly superior to anything you can get at the store. You can change up the cheeses and the spices. It's really a fun thing to play around with.

Chef John’s Cheesy Crackers Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Chef John’s Cheesy Crackers for 36 servings:

  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cold water, or as needed

Chef John’s Cheesy Crackers Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook15m
  • Ready In1h 20m

To cook Chef John’s Cheesy Crackers, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Chef John’s Cheesy Crackers is about 15 minutes , and you can serve your Chef John’s Cheesy Crackers within 1 hour 20 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Chef John’s Cheesy Crackers easily:

  1. 1 Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with vegetable oil.
  2. 2 Place butter into a mixing bowl; add Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix together with the back of a spatula until thoroughly combined.
  3. 3 Mix flour into cheese mixture with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle in cold water, 1 or 2 drops at a time, and mix with spatula until it comes together in a dough that holds its shape when squeezed.
  4. 4 Transfer dough to a work surface and press into a thick, flattened disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  5. 5 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  6. 6 Roll dough out on a floured work surface to about 1/8-inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut 1-inch wide strips from the dough. Cut strips crosswise into rectangles about 1 1/2-inches long. Use the back of a bamboo skewer to punch 5 small holes into each cracker. Arrange crackers onto prepared baking sheet.
  7. 7 Bake in the preheated oven until crackers are browned and crisp, about 15 minutes. Let stand about 3 minutes for crackers to cool and release from the foil. Let cool completely before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • This is a half recipe. You should double to make enough for a party.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 25 calories; 1.7 grams of fat; 1.4 gram of carbohydrates; 1.1 gram of protein; 5 milligrams of cholesterol; 43 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Dec 17th 2014

    Made these today and they are delicious but I learned a few things along the way. 1. Make sure your cheese is a warm as the butter, cold cheese is harder to work with than cold butter. 2. Do ...

  2. Jan 27th 2014

    Excellent recipe. We made 400 sheet pans of these in two days and could not keep up with the demand. Diners were actually asking if they could buy bags to take home! They raved about them ...

  3. Jan 25th 2014

    Really not the best recipe for crackers. They feel greasy and shrink an incredible amount in the over. I think the butter is what's wrong with these. Sifting the cheese into the flour til ...

  4. Dec 11th 2013

    We made these tonight and they were awesome!!! It was so simple and also so very easy & fun to do! What I find so ironic is that my 11 yo who doesn’t like cheese of any kind to such a ...

  5. Nov 27th 2013

    Very good recipe, they are addictive! I used my food processor instead of using the fork method a lot faster and more even mixing.

  6. Nov 10th 2013

    I loved this recipe ,real cheese taste ,loved the fact that it didn't have a lot of flour in the recipe .I think i may have over cooked mine so check the crackers after 10 mins .I will be ad ...

  7. Nov 1st 2013

    These are DELICIOUS! I have actually modified the recipe to make doggy crackers as treats for my dogs. I reduced the amount of cheese and instead of straight water, I mixed a little chicke ...

  8. Oct 28th 2013

    I used Tillamook Sharp Cheddar and I can't remember which brand of parmesan I used because I had rewrapped the cheese. The video made very clear how easy this recipe was to make. In fact, ...

  9. Oct 27th 2013

    FLAVORFUL! Watching the video, prior to making, made this recipe so easy to do. I used Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar and Kraft Parmesan Cheese, as it was what I had on hand. It took ...