Make your own CHEEZ-ITS

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Who’s a big fan of CHEEZ -ITS?  Aren’t they just so addicting? The crunchy, cheesy, bite size… okay I’ll stop now.  With football season back in town, my house is just full of snacks – everything from potato chips, beef jerkey, popcorn, to string cheese and my personal favorite, CHEEZ-ITS.

The concept seemed pretty simple, and so I spent my Thursday night attempting to bake them for the first time! It’s actually really easy and fun. Take a look!

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

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1) In the food processor, combine the cheese, butter, and salt. Pulse until the 3 ingredients are thoroughly combined.

2) Add flour and continue to pulse until everything is broken down into what looks like pebbly (is that a word?) crumbs.

3) Add in water and pulse into a dough. (You may have to add a little more water but don’t add too much!)

4) Roll the dough into a ball  and wrap in plastic wrap.

5) Chill the cheese dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

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6) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

7) Roll the dough out wax paper until it’s about 1/8 inch thick.

8) Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1-inch squares.

9) Use a toothpick to punch a hole in the middle of the square to help make it look like authentic Cheez-Its (it also keeps the cracker from puffing up too much =]) You may sprinkle a little bit more salt on top but it’s more for decor. I think there’s enough salt already in the batter.

10) Separate the squares and transfer onto a baking sheet. You can put the crackers pretty close to each because they won’t be expanding at all.

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11) This is the hard part, especially for me.  Be patient and bake for about 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. The longer you keep it in the oven, the crunchier it will be. But be careful not to burn them!

12) Use self control and allow the Cheez-Its to cool down before tasting.

The recipe makes about 100 crackers but don’t be surprised if it’s all gone in one serving =)

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And there you have it, HOMEMADE CHEEZ-ITS!  Looks delicious huh?!

Get baking!

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