Bite-size, savory cheddar cheese crackers, cut with mini-leaf cookie cutters for the perfect fall snack.
When fall rolls around I find myself tugged back in to the kitchen. I find that I’m more inclined to prepare more (relatively) elaborate meals than the salads and grilled meats of our summer fare. And while I don’t pull out my mixer too often during the summer months, that appliance is just getting warmed up for the baking that will start soon and continue through Christmas.
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Recently, I spied this set of mini-autumn leaf cookie cutters and began to noodle ways to put them to good use. I know I will be using them to decorate my pies for Thanksgiving, but I was anxious to try them out beforehand.
A quick batch of these Cheddar Cheese Crackers was the perfect medium.
I played around with recipes and ultimately decided upon a variation of one of Martha Stewart’s recipes. It’s basically a pie dough with cheese and savory spices. You could very easily make alterations…after they were in the often I thought…”hmmm…I should’ve added a pinch of onion powder!”
Like any pie dough, process it as little as possible. The more it is processed and handled, the tougher the dough becomes.
A sprinkle of paprika, smokey or sweet, adds a touch of autumn red to the leaves.
A savory and cheesy cracker that can be rolled and cut into shapes as desired.
In the bowl of a food processor place flour, oats, salt, cayenne pepper and dry mustard. Pulse to combine
Add the butter and pulse until mixtures resembles a coarse meal.
Add the cheese and pulse until cheese pieces are finely chopped
With your machine running, slowly add the water and process until the dough holds together
Flatten dough between 2 sheets of wax paper and chill for at least 1 hour
Preheat oven to 350'
Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/4" thickness and cut with cookie cutter
Transfer to baking sheet and bake for 14 minutes (may need to adjust baking time depending on size of cracker. The 14 minute worked for my 1.5" by 2.5" cutters)
Allow to cool and then store in an air tight container
These cheddar cheese crackers are delicious on their own and would be perfect for a fall gathering or tailgate party. But I can also see using them as ‘croutons’ in your favorite tomato soup. If you are looking for a delicious tomato soup that is low fat and dairy free, check out my recipe here. You may be surprised at what I used to make it so rich and creamy without the cream.
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