A Tasty Little Snack: Homemade Cheeze-Its


I typically don’t keep much junk food in the house, but I recently stumbled across a recipe for homemade cheeze-its and couldn’t wait to test them out for myself. These turned out great, and I don’t think I’ll be returning to the store-bought version any time soon! As an added bonus, here are some grocery coupons to possibly save on homemade Cheez-its ingredients.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I didn’t have any cayenne pepper on-hand, so I just used crushed red pepper flakes)


Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend until crumbly. Add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture forms into dough (I wound up using 2 tablespoons). Shape into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out with a rolling pin until it’s 1/8 inch thick. Cut dough into 1×1 inch squares using a serrated knife. Poke center of each square with one prong of a fork or the blunt end of a skewer. Sprinkle with extra salt on top.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with baking spray. Place crackers on sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Cool, and enjoy!


A few pieces of advice:

  • Be sure to roll out the dough until it’s 1/8 inch or else the crackers won’t be thin and crispy
  • Sprinkle the salt on top VERY sparingly or even skip this step altogether if you don’t want the crackers to turn out too salty
  • Unless you have a vacuum sealer, I recommend eating these as soon as they cool because they tend to lose their crispiness the next day
I’m also thinking that a parmesan and sage or rosemary version of these would be divine and slightly more sophisticated for entertaining!

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  • Nadjah February 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

    This is such a great recipe!! Thanks.. I love your blog! : )

    • ClosetConfections February 15, 2012 at 10:46 am

       Awesome!  I’m glad you enjoy it. 🙂

  • Jenn from Much to My Delight February 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

    OH. YES. YOU. DID.

  • Jean February 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I’m going to have to try this soon; cheeze-its are a guilty pleasure of mine!  I know these have got to be good!!

    • ClosetConfections February 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

      They’re delicious! Let me know how yours turn out.