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Butter Thins Homemade Cracker

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Butter Thins

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The flavor of this ever-so-slightly sweet cracker is similar to the store bought brand, Wheat Thins. The buttery flavor and flakey, light texture is popular with both adults and kids. They're easy to make and are a tasty snack.

Because these homemade crackers have a little bit of sweetness to them, they'll taste especially good with sharp or salty cheese. Serve the crackers with sharp cheddar, like Grafton Village Cheddar or Bravo Farms Cheddar, or a blue cheese like Stilton, Cashel Blue or Rogue River Blue.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3-4 dozen crackers

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat or white flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup water

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add butter and blend until butter is incorporated.

With the blade running add water and blend until a smooth dough forms.

The easiest way to roll out the dough is to first divide the dough into 4 pieces.

Lightly flour your work surface and roll the dough into a large rectangle. As you roll the dough out, lift it up frequently and turn the dough to keep it from sticking to your work surface. Make the dough as thin as you can. The thinner the crackers are, the flakier and tastier they are.

Use a pizza cutter or butter knife to cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch square crackers. If you have odds and ends of dough left, you can try to form it into a ball to roll out, or just make a batch of misshaped crackers.

Bake the crackers on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper until crisp and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Cool and then store in an airtight container.

Homemade Bread Recipes

If you're interested in making homemade crackers, you might also be interested in making homemade bread. The recipes below are all fairly simple, so even if you've never baked bread before you should give it a try. Although you can't go wrong with a baguette (baguettes pair well with any type of cheese) it's also fun to experiment and pair different types of bread with a cheese plate. Or, instead of serving cheese with the bread, try baking the cheese directly into the bread.

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