Wednesday, March 13, 2013

homemade cheez-its


one of the girls most favorite snacks are cheez-its.  if they’re in the pantry, they don’t last long.  i kept seeing homemade cheez it recipes all over pinterest, and after looking over at least six recipes, i figured they were easy enough for me to attempt.  they’ve been on repeat in our house ever since.  i love how few ingredients they call for (especially because i can pronouce all of them!) and how simple they are to make.  we’ve even substituted wheat flour for white, and the girls didn’t notice.  the best part is it’s a kid friendly recipe, gracie can help out from start to finish- she helps roll out the dough, counts how many crackers we have per sheet and takes the task of poking holes in the center of each cracker very seriously.  and while we all like them, no one loves them as much as maddie.  she’ll carry her little snack cup all over, and if you’re not paying attention, she’ll sneak a few out of yours. 

homemade cheez-its
8 ounces extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt (i like kosher salt)

1 cup all-purpose flour
(we’ve used white and wheat, and can’t really tell a difference!)
2 tablespoons ice water
directions:
1.  in a mixer, with the paddle attachment, mix the cheese, butter and salt.  add in flour, mix until dough becomes pebbly.  add in the water and continue mixing until the dough forms a ball.
2.  roll out dough (the thinner the dough, the thinner the cracker, we liked ours a little puffier so kept it a little thicker, about 1/8 inch) and cut into one inch squares, using either a cookie cutter or a ruffled pastry cutter.  we poked holes in ours to keep with the cheez it look.
3.   line cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone mat (i like the silpat mat)
4.  bake at 375 degrees for 12-17 minutes, until lightly browned on the edges.  cool on baking sheet and store in an airtight container.
**i read a few recipes that suggested letting the dough set in the fridge for an hour prior to rolling out and cutting.  we tried both ways and i didn’t notice a huge difference.

the girls shirts can be found here...and they're less than $10!

10 comments:

  1. Fun! Where did you get their cute shirts?

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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks so much for your comment! I added a link to the girls shirts. They're from Zara Kids and they're less than $10. I love all their shirts! Thanks so much for reading:)

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  2. Yum! I'm excited to try some for my kids. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much Heather, let me know how they turn out!:)

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  3. Definitely going to give these a try!

    Also, love the girls shirts...where did you find those?

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    1. Hi Rachel, thanks so much for your comment:) The girls shirts are from Zara Kids, and they're less than $10! I added a link in the post to make it easier to find them. We love their stuff! Thanks for reading:)

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  4. About to makes these - what temp? :)

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    1. Hi Mary, I'm not sure where the temp went in the post, but I baked them at 375. Good luck, let me know how they turned out!:)

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  5. Love love love your blog! You have such a cute family! Where did you get your cute black and white striped shirt?

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    1. Thank you so much! The striped tee is actually a maxi dress from brass plum at nordstrom. i didn't see it online anymore. I did just find a great short sleeved black and white striped shirt from Kate Spade Saturday, and a 3/4 sleeved one from Forever 21. Let me know if you need the links:)

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