My mom is a lover of all things snack related, so for Mother’s Day I want to give her what she enjoys most. I had been planning on making cheese cracker’s for Page, she was given gold fish crackers as a snack at school, and came home and immediately asked me to buy them. Not really going to happen. So since my mom and Page share a love of great snacks, I thought I’d make these cheese crackers for them. These cracker’s are what AWESOME aspires to be! They’re better than great! And they’re 1000 times tastier than store bought cheeze it’s. The recipe I used comes from America’s Test kitchen, so if you want the recipe in it’s original form click here. I used less salt than the original recipe calls for. Cheese already has a lot of salt, so adding too much is overkill. Do pick a great quality cheese for these, because quality matters for this particular recipe–good cheese=great cheese crackers. The recipe calls for the use of Annatto seeds, I found them quite easily in the spice section of Whole Foods. If you can’t find them, omit them from the recipe–your crackers will be white, instead of orange–not a big deal, they’ll still taste beyond amazing!!!
6 ounces of organic sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
4 tablespoons of butter (2 ounces)
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of Annatto seeds, coarsely ground (optional)
2 tablespoons of boiling water
Directions: To a small bowl add add the coarsely ground annatto seeds and the boiling water.
Allow the seeds to steep in the boiling water for 5 minutes, then strain and allow to cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, add the butter, 1 teaspoon of salt, and cheese to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment,
mix on medium speed until cheese and butter are creamed and well combined–about 30 seconds.
Add in the flour and cornstarch and mix until combined–about 1 minute.
Add in the Annatto seed water,
then mix until dough clumps together or forms a ball–about 15 seconds.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured counter, flatten to a disc, wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
When ready to cook, pre-heat oven to 375F. Line two bake sheets with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and working on a floured counter, roll out the dough to 1/16 inch thickness–or as thin as you can get it without falling apart when you move it.
Cut the dough into 1 inch squares using a pizza or ravioli cutter or use small cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
Use a skewer to poke holes in the center of the crackers,
Transfer to the parchment lined bake sheets, place in the oven and bake until light and golden–about 18 minutes.
Remove from oven, allow to cool completely, then enjoy.
These can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.