Wednesday, June 29, 2011

cheddar cayenne crackers

So, these are the greatest.
My mother-in-law made these for a party that she was throwing and I sorta got addicted.
Like, I might have eaten 20.
Or 30.
Who knows.
The only way they are better is when you leave out the cayenne and cut them out into goldfish shapes and feed them to your son.
And then watch his face while he eats them.
Yes, joy.
But, for adults, add back in the cayenne.
The goldfish shape is optional.

Cheddar Cayenne Crackers
Makes about 48 crackers.
Adapted from Fine Cooking.
1 1/3 cups flour
3 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1 stick butter, cut into 1/2" pieces, chilled

1 large egg yolk

2 tablespoons water

1/3 cup medium finely chopped walnuts

Kosher salt for sprinkling

Combine the flour, cheese, salt, and cayenne in a food processor. Process until just blended. Add the butter pieces and pulse until the dough resembles coarse crumbs. Stir the yolk and water together with a fork and drizzle over the mixture. Pulse until the dough begins to form small moist crumbs. Add the chopped nuts and pulse briefly until the crumbs begin to come together.
Pile the moist crumbs on an unfloured work surface. With the heel of your hand, push and gently smear the crumbs away from you until they start to come together in a cohesive dough. Using a pastry scraper or a metal spatula, lift up one edge of the dough and fold it into the center (the dough will still be rough, so don’t expect a neat, smooth fold). Repeat with the opposite edge, like folding a letter. Turn the dough 45 degrees. Give the dough another smearing and shape it into a 14" log that’s 1 1/4" in diameter. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours, or up to two days.
Heat the oven to 375*. Line two large baking sheets with parchment. Using a thin, sharp knife, cut the log into 1/4" slices. Arrange about 1/2" apart on the prepared sheets. Bake until medium to deep golden around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the sheets as needed for even baking. Sprinkle the crackers with a little kosher salt just as the baking sheets come out of the oven. Set the sheets on racks to cool. When the crackers are completely cool, store them in an airtight container.

The rolled log of dough may be frozen for up to a month and then thawed for about an hour on the counter or in the refrigerator overnight. Or bake the coins ahead, wrap short stacks in plastic, pack the stacks in plastic containers, and stash them in the freezer. Thaw at room temperature (or put the frozen coins right in the oven) and warm them for a few minutes at 325* to refresh them.


  1. Ooooh I'm so glad you fed these to MV! I'm sure he loved them! They really are yummy. Thanks for reminding me about them and giving me a place to find the recipe so I don't have to search for it :)


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