Cheez-Its, From Scratch
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Serves: about 60 crackers
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces grated parmesan
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard ( I actually used a little spicy mustard from the fridge… worked just fine)
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (I went with Texas Pete) OR 2 tablespoons water (if you don’t want spice)
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375. You can prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, but i found it unnecessary; didn’t even grease the cookie sheet.
  2. Put all the ingredients in your food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs have formed. Add the hot sauce (or water) in a little at a time until dough forms.
  3. Lightly flour a clean work surface and turn the dough out. Divide it in half (makes it a bit easier to work with) and roll the dough out. I left mine sort of thick (see photos) because I like it when homemade stuff looks sort of rustic.
  4. Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut the dough into squares, and then poke that signature “Cheez-It” hole in the center using a toothpick or skewer.
  5. Repeat the process with the second half of the dough. Line your crackers up on your prepared baking sheet; they won’t expand like cookies so there’s no need to leave gaps in between.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes; they’ll be just a tad bit golden.
  7. Eat ‘em warm or let them cool.
Recipe by Sugar Dish Me at