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What I Made Today: Homemade Cheese-its August 24, 2012

Filed under: Food,What I Made Today — cmcoker1 @ 11:45 am

I have a very unhealthy relationship with Cheez-its.  I could eat them all day, every day.  So when I found this recipe for Homemade Cheez-its on Pinterest, I just HAD to make them.

Homemade Cheez-its (adapted from Robin at “A Chow Life”)

Ingredients:

8oz sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded

4Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4tsp salt

1cup all-purpose flour

2Tbsp ice water

Method:

Start by placing cheese, butter, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer.  With the paddle attachment, mix until thoroughly combined.

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Add flour and mix on low until combined.  The mixture should resemble the consistency of sand.

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Slowly add ice water until a soft dough ball is formed.  *If your dough is not coming together, add more water in TINY increments until the dough forms a ball.*

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Form your dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.  This step chills the dough so that it is more manageable for our next step.   Use this time to tidy up the kitchen, take a shower, or eat the rest of your block of cheese…

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After an hour, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Remove dough from fridge and divide into 2 equal parts.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough until 1/8″ thick.  Using a sharp knife, pastry cutter, or pizza cutter, cut your dough into 1″x1″ squares.  Poke a hole in the center of each square with a skewer or toothpick.  Transfer your cute little squares to the lined baking sheets, putting a little space between them.

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Bake 1 batch at a time for 13-15 minutes.  Due to the high fat content of the cheese and butter, the bottoms can burn quickly.  I would suggest looking at the crackers after 10  minutes to make sure this doesn’t happen.  If you are worried, err on the side of being under-cooked!

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Remove from oven and place directly onto a cooling rack.  If desired, sprinkle with a little salt while still warm.  Go ahead and try one…I know you want to!

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Pretty good, right??  I love the smoky flavor of baked cheese. Yum.  If you have any left, store in an airtight container.

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These cost me about $2 to make, and I actually prefer them over the ones in the red box.  I know…blasphemy.  But they have a softer texture and are just delish!  Believe me, I am a woman of convenience, but it’s fun to make things at home to see just what you are capable of.

Enjoy!

-care

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2 Responses to “What I Made Today: Homemade Cheese-its”

  1. Cori Says:

    Oh my! I am definitely going to have to try these!

  2. Cori Says:

    These things are amazing! Thanks for sharing!


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