January 15, 2013
Do you buy lots of snack crackers to keep on hand for your family? That was always one item i would buy regularly. They would come in handy to fill the diaper bag for road trips, or tote bag for the park or other outing, and eventually to throw in my purse for my own snackage.... I confess i became obsessed with crackers. my kids are all grown and i still can't leave home without my crackers.
This year I'm attempting to buy less packaged foods with all it's preservatives and additives and replace it with something more wholesome. During the holidays the girls and I were doing some baking and i pulled out my Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II cookie press.
I was excited to find a cracker recipe in the booklet that came with the press. So we gave it a try..........................
Cute lil Christmas tree crackers for grand baby.... and meme....(thats me!!)
So now I'm into another batch of crackers.......Thought i would share this easy recipe with those of you who are wanting to ditch those store bought crackers
1lb sharp cheddar cheese or aged Swiss or any other non processed cheese, grated
1/2 cup butter softened
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
dash of pepper sauce (optional) or can use red pepper flakes,
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a med bowl, cream the cheese, butter, worcestershire sauce and pepper until smooth. In separate bowl, toss flour and seasonings with fork. Gradually add to cheese mixture. Mix until dough holds together and shape into small logs to fit into cookie press tube. Or you can form into one ball to roll out thin if you are cutting with knife, or other source.
If using a cookie press, press them out onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 min or until lightly brown, watch closely, then burn fast. Makes about 4 dozen.
This is what the dough should look like, I did the mixing by hand it was easier to work it and knead it until it was smooth.
I used fresh parsley, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese and rosemary instead of the hot pepper in these. They were fun to make and much better for you. Give it a try and use your imagination, let me know how they turned out and what ingredients you tried, to give it your own twist.
In my opinion, some of the foods on the market are loaded with so many fillers, im striving to change a few items in my pantry for better choices of wholesome foods. Less additives and preservatives is this family's choice.