Spicy Cheddar Crackers

spicy cheddar crackers recipe

Have you ever made your own crackers? I definitely recommend trying it. They are so easy to make! Not only will your effort be rewarded with a couple batches of wonderfully crunchy cheese crackers but your home will smell like heaven too.

This recipe is structured in a way that it gives you measures to spice up half of the dough while leaving the other half just ‘plainly’ cheesy. So yes, you will actually end up with two kinds of delicious crackers, cheesy ones and chili ones.

Divine!

You can find all the details below…

Happy baking!

With love,
Petra

 

Spicy Cheddar Crackers
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Serves: 70 crackers
 
Ingredients
  • ½ stick (55 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces (230 grams) sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cold water
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  • For Chili Cheese Crackers (these amounts will spice half of the cracker dough) :
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika powder
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat together the butter, cheese, salt and pepper. It will come together in a soft ball. With the mixer on low-speed, slowly add flour. Mixture will become dry and crumbly. Add two tablespoons of water and beat until the mixture just comes together - the dough should be moist but not wet. Use your hands to form a dough ball.
  2. Divide the dough in half and add chili seasoning to half of the dough. Knead the spices into the dough. Wrap each disk of cracker dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. While the dough chills, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out very thin, about an eighth of an inch (3 mm) thick. Cut out rounds of dough with a 1¾-inch (4.5 cm) round cutter dipped in flour. Place a portion of the crackers on the prepared baking sheet and dot the center of each cracker with a fork. The pieces can be close together as they won’t expand much when baking. Bake for 12 minutes until fragrant, golden brown and crisp. Allow to cool before serving.

 

This lovely recipe was adapted form JoyTheBaker.com.

Delicious Brownies

delicious brownies recipe with step by step pictures

I made these babies the other day.

Then, two days later, I made them again to make sure I hadn’t been dreaming before and they really tasted like heaven.

And they did.

Again.

Just like heaven!

When it comes to their structure, they have it all. They are something between cakey and fudgy, slightly more on the fudgy side, with just a little chewiness to them. When I think about it (which is a little difficult after eating so many), these brownies have a strong potential to satisfy just about anyone. So any camp you are in – the cakey, fudgy or chewy one, these are great for you!

Now let me just run to the kitchen to grab another one before I show you how I was making them…

 

delicious brownies recipe with step by step pictures, ingredients

…Okay, thanks for your patience, I’m back now. YUM!

This is the list of ingredients.

 

delicious brownies recipe with step by step pictures

1. To make your own Brownies, first preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

 

2. Line the bottom and two sides of a 13 x 9-inch (33 x 22 cm) baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the two sides. Butter the paper and set the pan aside.

Lining a baking pan this way is just gorgeous. It allows you to remove the baked stuff out of the pan in the most easy way. I find it the best invention right after wheel. Yes, that’s exactly what I think!

 

3. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

 

Just like this.

I was a naughty girl and didn’t sift the cocoa. But next time I will, I promise!

 

delicious brownies recipe with step by step pictures

4. Now chop the chocolate roughly.

Or just brake it. Or just throw it against your counter top and watch it break into a million pieces (sorry, I just got slightly carried away).

 

delicious brownies recipe with step by step pictures

5. Now place the chocolate and the butter into a heatproof bowl and set it over a pot of simmering water.

The bottom of the bowl shouldn’t be touching the water since what we want to do here is just gently melt these two ingredients.

 

6. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, for about 3 minutes. Then remove the bowl from the pot.

 

delicious brownies recipe with step by step pictures

7. Add sugar and mix to combine.

 

8. Then add the eggs and, again, mix to combine.

 

delicious brownies recipe with step by step pictures

9. Finally, add the flour mixture and mix just until moistened (do not overmix).

 

delicious brownies recipe with step by step pictures

10. Transfer the batter to your prepared pan. Using and offset spatula or just a spoon, smooth the top.

 

11. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the batter/brownies comes out clean (or with a few moist crumbs attached).

 

12. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Using the paper overhang, lift brownies out of the pan and transfer to a rack to cool completely (still on the paper).

 

13. On a cutting board cut into squares.

 

delicious brownies recipe with step by step pictures

Yum-yum!

Enjoy, dear friends!

 

And if, by any chance, you end up with some leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 2 days.

 

(This recipe was loosely adapted from Martha Stewart. It takes about 1 hour to prepare and yields 24 2-inch/5cm squares.)