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”)
8oz sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
4Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1cup all-purpose flour
2Tbsp ice water
Start by placing cheese, butter, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer. With the paddle attachment, mix until thoroughly combined.
Add flour and mix on low until combined. The mixture should resemble the consistency of sand.
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.*
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…
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.
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!
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!
Pretty good, right?? I love the smoky flavor of baked cheese. Yum. If you have any left, store in an airtight container.
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.