Cheddar Snack Crackers

Cheddar Snack Crackers on Savvy Eats

Crackers have long been on my “try to make these from scratch” list, but for some reason, I’ve always put them off. I think I expected the rolling process to be a total pain. I thought it would take forever to get the dough rolled out to that super-thin 1/8” thickness, and they wouldn’t be worth the cost savings in the end. Turns out I was wrong – rolling the dough out was actually pretty easy.

Now, I don’t have kids, and we have long been out of college, so I’m not gearing up for the whole “back-to-school” season. But if I were, I can guarantee I’d be whipping up a batch or two of these cheddar crackers for packed lunches and afternoon snacks. Since they are a little thicker, they are sturdier than their store-bought counterparts and less prone to crumbling. But they still have that cheesy crunch that we all know and love – it is the best of both worlds! Plus, when you make your crackers from scratch, you can avoid all those yucky chemicals and additives some of the big name brands contain. Three times the win!

Cheddar Snack Crackers

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-10

Cheddar Snack Crackers

These crackers are ultra-cheesy with just a touch of smokiness.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Pulse the cheese, flour, butter, paprika, salt and pepper together in a food processor to combine.
  3. Add the water and process until the dough forms a ball. Roll the dough out to a 1/8" thickness.
  4. Cut the dough into approximately 1" squares, and spread the crackers out on a cookie sheet. They won't spread much at all, so you can leave them fairly close together. Poke each cracker with a fork - this will help release the air bubbles so that the crackers get crispy.
  5. Bake at 350F for 15-18 minutes, or until the crackers are firm. Transfer immediately to a wire rack to cool completely.
http://www.savvyeat.com/cheddar-snack-crackers/

PS: Looking for more snacks? Try one of these: buffalo Chex mix, pumpkin soft pretzels or cherry pretzel energy bars!

Apple Spice Granola

Apple Spice Granola (made with applesauce!) on Savvy Eats

I may have jumped the gun a bit with this recipe. This granola, packed as it is with applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves, made my whole kitchen smell like autumn. And with the recent wave of cool weather we’ve been having, it seems to fit my current mood. But, I know that not everyone is ready for fall flavors. That’s okay! Tuck this recipe away in your back pocket and save it for cooler weather.

When you do make it, you’ll have one happy family – this granola is perfect for quick morning breakfasts, served with milk or yogurt, or an easy after school snack. I based it off my nutty granola, but I took out a bunch of the oil and replaced it with applesauce. It does make the end result lower in fat, but my real motivation was the subtle fruity flavor the applesauce would bring. Whatever your reasons, make sure you try this apple spice granola!

Apple Spice Granola on Savvy Eats

Apple Spice Granola

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Apple Spice Granola

Spiced and chock-full of nuts, this granola is perfect for late summer or autumn. Adapted from my nutty granola.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup unsalted pepitas
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup blanched sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 11" x 13" baking pan.
  2. Stir the oats, pepitas, walnuts, sunflower seeds and almonds together in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the brown sugar, applesauce, canola oil, honey, spices and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, whisking constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is beginning to bubble at the edges.
  4. Pour the applesauce mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well, until all of the oats and nuts are coated. Spread the granola in an even layer in the baking pan.
  5. Bake the granola at 350F for 40 minutes, stirring the granola every 10 minutes.
  6. While the granola bakes, line a few wire racks with parchment paper. Spread the cooked granola over the parchment paper to dry and cool. Allow the granola to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.
http://www.savvyeat.com/apple-spice-granola/

PS: Also try these granolas: nutty granola and coconut walnut granola.