Cheddar Cheese Crackers – Gluten v. Gluten-free taste test!

by Michelle on April 4, 2011

Crackers are a staple in my house and I serve them many times as a substitute for bread. And Mr. Tastebuds, a brown-bagger from way back, likes to pack some crackers for his late afternoon snack while at work. Generally, I make a batch of crackers or crispy breadsticks every two weeks or so.

Cheese crackers have been on my ToDo List for a long time now and I’m so glad I finally got around to making them. Darn they were good! And they reminded me of when I was young and we used to visit the Detroit Zoo. We always bought those little boxes of Cheez-it Crackers to snack on and feed to the monkeys. It’s so funny how food brings back such vivid memories.

I made two versions of the crackers using similar recipes, one with unbleached White Flour and Sourdough Starter (ducks and chickens) and a Gluten-free version with Garbanzo Bean Flour and Brown Rice Flour (flowers). I’m pretty sure you could substitute any of the gluten-free flours and next time I make the Cheddar Crackers I’m going to use Corn Flour. The sweetness of the corn flour plus the cheddar cheese sounds DE-licious!

The Gluten-free dough was a bit more difficult to roll out and I had to refrigerate it first because it was sticky. But after refrigerating the dough for about 20 minutes it rolled out just fine. And I used my new set of Easter Cookie Cutters to shape the crackers. Aren’t they cute! I made over 150 crackers and they were all eaten by the next day.

I served the Cheddar Crackers with my version of Elly Kreiger’s Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup which is always so good. Surprisingly everyone, including picky Mr. Tastebuds, preferred the Gluten-free version of the crackers. They said the taste was about the same but the gluten-free crackers were crispier which is what crackers are all about!

Cheddar Cheese Crackers
Recipe developed in the kitchen of BigBlackDog

1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded and lightly packed
1/2 cup flour
1/4-1/2 tsp salt (I used 1/4 tsp salt due to the cheese being a bit salty)
2 TBL sourdough starter

Makes about 75-1″ crackers

1. In a food processor add the butter, cheese, flour, salt and sourdough starter and pulse until thoroughly blended.
2. Sprinkle your pastry cloth with flour and roll out the dough to about 1/8″ thick.
3. Cut the crackers using cookie cutters or a sharp knife.
4. Place crackers on a parchment lined baking sheet.
5. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned and crisp.
6. Remove to a rack and cool.

Gluten-free Cheddar Cheese Crackers
Recipe developed in the kitchen of BigBlackDog

1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded and lightly packed
1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4-1/2 tsp salt (I used 1/4 tsp salt due to the cheese being a bit salty)

Makes about 75-1″ crackers

1. In a food processor add the butter, cheese, flours, salt and pulse until thoroughly blended.
2. Form dough into a flat circular disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
3. Sprinkle your pastry cloth with a gluten-free flour and roll out the dough to about 1/8″ thick.
4. Cut the crackers using cookie cutters or a sharp knife.
5. Place crackers on a parchment lined baking sheet.
6. Bake at 350 degrees until crackers are lightly browned and crisp.
7. Remove to a rack and cool.

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Comments

  • kat April 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Really interesting that people picked the gluten-free version

  • Winnie April 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Both versions look terrific! I need to give gf crackers a try :)

  • Guff April 5, 2011 at 7:12 am

    The shapes are over the top. I have trouble with rectangles! Great taste test, too.

  • Kat Gregson April 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

    As much as I love crackers, I should try making my own! Yours look so good. I am not a fan of gluten-free though. Thanks for the recipes.

  • judy April 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Kudos to you, Michelle, for developing such cute crackers, and a great recipe! Love the shapes!

  • clarice April 9, 2011 at 8:33 am

    These are so cute! I love the idea of cutting crackers into shapes.

  • patsy April 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I’ve never made crackers from scratch, but love how cute yours came out! I may have to challenge myself to give this a try!

  • Gluten Intolerance May 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    The good thing is making crackers is that you can make your own design; especially for kids they will fully like it. I thought it is not allowed to feed anything in the zoo, just like what the policy here in our place. Thanks for sharing your gluten free crackers recipes.

    • Michelle May 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      It may be that no feeding is the zoo policy now but when I was a kid, there was no such policy.

      Michelle

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