Cheese and crackers are natural companions, either as an afternoon snack or as an appetizer. Cheese shops and markets have numerous crackers to try (check out this tasting guide to gourmet crackers
). Or, you can make your own crackers. Making homemade crackers is easier than you might think. Plus, it's often healthier because no preservatives or unnecessary ingredients are used.
Because there aren't any preservatives in homemade crackers, they don't tend to keep as long as store-bought crackers. I find that most homemade crackers taste best if eaten within a few days of being made
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This homemade cracker tastes a lot like Wheat Thins. A thin flakey texture and salty, slightly sweet flavor is dangerously addictive. Easy to make, and loved by both kids and adults.
Asiago Cheese Crackers. Photo by J. Meier
Combine the best of both worlds with these crackers that are made with cheese and taste quite a bit like Cheese Nips. A delicious, savory treat that can be served alongside a cheese plate or as a snack on its own. These crackers are also a great snack for kids.
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There's lots to love about these simple but elegant crackers You can also add other seasonings, such as fresh herbs, if you want to change the flavor.
Flax Crackers. Photo by Laura Dolson
Texas Shortbread Crackers. Photo by Kevin D. Weeks
Super-buttery, flaky crackers that are like eating savory shortbread. You can go with the Tex-Mex flavor, or omit the chile powder and try other seasonings. Filling enough to snack on alone or to serve as an appetizer.
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For raw food enthusiasts, these dehydrated (not baked) crackers are made primarily from whole flax seeds with a few seasonings thrown in. If you're looking for a crunchy cracker, this is it.
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Made from amaranth flour, arrowroot, almond meal and Herbs de Provence - a combination of thyme, sage, rosemary, basil, lavender, savory, fennel seed, marjoram, tarragon, oregano, and bay leaf- this cracker has a crisp texture and herbal flavor. You can omit the Herbs de Provence and use any seasoning you like.
Low-Carb Sesame Crackers. Photo by Laura Dolson
Cheesy crackers made from sesame seeds, almond meal and grated cheese. Two teaspoons of mustard powder give the crackers just a little bit of kick.
Similar to the well-loved Saltine cracker sold in stores, these thin, golden crackers can be topped with sea salt or sesame seeds. Kids will love to eat these crackers and help make them.
Dairy-free crackers made from soy products like soy milk and tofutti cream cheese.