Homemade Cheez-Its

Homemade Cheez-Its #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

You may or may not know what a Cheez-It is but I give you fair warning that these are so tasty and easy to make that you will be peeking in your refrigerator to see if you have an 8oz block of cheese just asking to be baked into crispy cheddar perfection. That’s what these crackers are- crispy cheddar perfection.

Homemade Cheez-Its #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

I’m always baking up sweets for holidays and family celebrations so you can imagine my dad’s surprise when I handed him a package of crackers for Father’s Day. He was not only surprised but he was delighted!

Homemade Cheez-Its #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

You see these crackers are referred to as “Grandpa Crackers” in our home. Four Year Old Foodie gave them this name as a toddler since he rarely sees Grandpa without a box somewhere nearby. The best part is that my son got to use a cool pastry wheel and toothpicks – how awesome is it when your mom lets you touch 2 sharp things in 1 day? He was feeling very proud of himself.

Homemade Cheez-Its #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

Homemade Cheez-Its Recipe

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Yield: 7 dozen crackers

Crisp cheddar copycat crackers

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening*
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons ice water
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling

Directions:

  1.  Combine cheese, butter, shortening, and salt in the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. The mixture will be crumbly.
  2. Slowly add flour and then the ice water. You may add a few more drops of water to help it come together but be careful not to add too much. You don’t want a wet dough.
  3. Pat the dough into 2 discs and wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes (or longer).
  4. Preheat oven to 375⁰F.
  5. Using parchment paper or a silicone mat roll each disc to 1/8 inch or less and cut into 1 inch squares (a pastry wheel or pizza wheel is easiest). Use a toothpick to punch a hole into the center of each square.
  6. If you have difficulty separating and transferring the crackers onto the baking sheet return the parchment paper/mat to the refrigerator for 10 minutes (while you roll out the 2nd dough disc).
  7. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until puffed and browning around the edges. If you pull them out too soon and the crackers don’t have the desired crispiness you want then simply return them to the oven for 2-3 more minutes.
  8. Move crackers to a cooling rack. Makes about 7 dozen crackers.

Notes:

  • The original recipe calls for 4Tablespoons of butter. I used 1 Tablespoon of shortening to help with the crisping. Whatever method you choose just be sure to monitor those last few minutes of baking as these will burn easily. There is a very fine line between done and crisp and overdone and burnt.

Source: Adapted from ReadyMade Magazine

Homemade Cheez-Its #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

I’ve seen other people who have said these pair well with a good chardonnay. Um…my family eats them with tuna salad.

Homemade Cheez-Its #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

- Katrina
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181 Responses to “Homemade Cheez-Its”

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    Danielle — June 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing! My niece and nephew are addicted to goldfish..same difference ya know. I can make these with them :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Yes my sons love goldsish crackes too! :) Such a simple recipe. I hope you let me know if you try it out!

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    Sandras Easy Cooking — June 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    WOWWWWWW I totally love this..,my kids can eat(an me lol) like a box of cheez-its so this is so perfect..Amazing really!!I have to try it next week!!!!

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    Baked by Rachel — June 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Do they taste like the real thing? I've never made homemade crackers of any sort. These look great and are totally making me want cheese or something cheesey mmmmm.

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    Linds@Lindselicious — June 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    So cool and cute that your little ones could help too! Ooh do you think I could add in tabasco and it would bake alright? I totally want to try to make my own crackers. I need to set aside some time to be home and do this mini project!

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    Erin @Dinners Dish.. — June 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    WOW!! I have always said I think my son has an addiction to cheese crackers – cheese its, cheese nips, goldfish, whales etc! He will LOVE these!!! Wish I had the cool pastry cutter!

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    Dee — June 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Cute post! "My mom let me use sharp things!" Too funny! These look awesome. I love that you know exactly what is going into them. Bookmarked!

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    Roxana GreenGirl — June 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I LOVE these Katrina, I have an obsession with crackers of all sorts and these look very tempting. Your homemade version rocks! can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    They truly are the real deal! I thought they were too soft at first but a few more minutes in the oven crisped them right up! I realize I could have rolled them even thinner. Next time!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Mmm that would be great! Just replace some of the water with it – sounds yummy!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    That cutter was from my husband years ago. It is from WIlliams Sonoma and I ♥ it! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    He thought he was big stuff! :)

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    Sasha — June 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I make these with virtually an identical recipe and they really are so addictive arn't they! Dangerously unfilling and light meaning i eat far too many without realising :) mine dont look halllff as pretty as yours though! i might just have to invest in a pastry wheel now..

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    purabi naha — June 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I have heard so much about them and now I have the tried and tested recipe! The pictures are wonderful!

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    jennifurla — June 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I will be making these, one of my households favorite snacks.

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    Angela — June 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Love all the ideas your commenters have – like adding the tabasco and you could use a little fish cookie cutter to make these look like goldfish. I can't buy Cheez-Its because we're not able to control ourselves with a whole box. But maybe for our next family get-together I could bake these for special sharing.

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    Maris — June 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    They look amazing! I was wondering how you made the edges so perfect!

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    Belinda @zomppa — June 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I can get so addicted to these. Great gift idea!

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    Betty — June 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    These look like they could become addictive! :)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — June 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    These look amazing – so much better than the store bought version. I cannot wait to try them even though that could be very dangerous!

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    Chris — June 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Sorry to point this out, there might be a typo… Should Step 1 include flour as stuff to put in the bowl?

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    Shawn — June 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    O-M-GOODNESS!!! My folks are going to absolutely love these! I'm sure that when school starts again, these will be a favorite lunch snack for my daughter and her friends! You completely rocked this one :)

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    Wendy Irene — June 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Those look so much more delicious than the packaged kind. What beautiful work. I love the serving bowl. Happy Sunday! :)

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    Valerie — June 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    That's a great recipe! One of the best i've seen this week ;)

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    Anne — June 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    This recipe is most definitely bookmarked! Cheez-Its are addictive! But these look so much cuter than the originals! Great job with these! Wish I had a bowlful right now! : )

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    La (Lori) — June 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    This is one of our favorite crackers, too. I will be trying this recipe for sure. Thanks!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Please don't apologize! THANK YOU!! I must have been too darn excited to share this recipe with you all! lol Thank you!

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    KenniBakes — June 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    This is the best! They look simple enough to make, off to grab some cheese now.

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    Hatsie @Two Recipes — June 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Chees-Its are my FAVORITE. Will definitely be trying these!!

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    Jihane @SinfulSunday — June 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Are you serious? These are like the greatest things I've seen all year. I'm ADDICTED to cheez-its, especially the white cheddar ones. I can't wait to make these!!!

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    Kathy — June 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Can't wait to try this, ASAP!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Fran — June 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

    These look so incredibly delicious! It's shame my oven takes so long to heat up or I'd be making them right now, but I've printed the recipe to make them later this week! Beautiful pictures too.

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    Maureen — June 27, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Wow, no cheez-its here and now I don't have to complain! I am DEFINITELY going to try these. Yours are so good looking!

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    Susie — June 27, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Never heard of making these before and I know that these will be a hit with my little guy too.

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    happywhennothungry — June 27, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Wow these cheeze-its look like the real deal!!!! Nice job. They look delicious!!!

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    Bake Your Day — June 27, 2011 at 1:06 am

    This is bookmarked for sure! I have a recipe for homemade wheat thins too…I love making things from scratch rather than buying a box. Love your pics too! :)

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    The Harried Cook — June 27, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Fabulous recipe, Kate! Cannot wait to try them… Thank you for sharing…

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    The Harried Cook — June 27, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Oops… Sorry, Katrina! BIG blooper there :p I'm SO embarassed! Forgive me, please! :)

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    Casey — June 27, 2011 at 1:34 am

    YUM! I love cheeze-its!! These look so yummy, almost a little puffy oh gosh…*mouth watering*

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    Shabs — June 27, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Wowowowo , they look amazing , I have to try them , Gotta go buy a block of cheese now :) .

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

    You are so sweet – you can call me whatever you want :)

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    Tina@flourtrader — June 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    These look so tasty! My husband is always snacking on savory things and I really do not make salty snacks, but you have inspired me. Bookmarked this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Megan @ Pip & Ebby — June 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Wow! I have to try these! We eat cheez-its like crazy in our house.

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    Brandie — June 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Dang girl, you never seem to stop amazing me. These are easier to make than I would have thought. Although, I need to get one of those cool pastry wheels. And your son did an excellent job with poking the holes!! I love cheez-its too!

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    Lin Ann — June 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    These are terrific!

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    Samantha — June 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I love doing spins of popular store bought crackers and cookies, making them homemade is not only fun but everything tastes so much better! You're awesome!

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    Lauren @ KeepItSweet — June 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    People really don't know what a cheez-it is?! These look fantastic!

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    Parsley_Sage — June 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    These are phenom. We're totally gonna make these. I will NOT, however, let my 36-year old play with sharp things :)

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    Mary at n00bcakes — June 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Oh god, HEAD EXPLODE.
    I saw you post a cheeze-its link on twitter and all I can think now is "OMG NEED."
    This look awesome, Katrina…I will have to make time in my life to make these…and then devour them all. Nom nom nom!

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    Audra@The-BakerChick — June 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Katrina these are ADORABLE. They look so perfect and MUCH better than the store bought kind. You are one cool Mamma :)

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    Julia — June 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Our favorite snack/guilty pleasure is cheez its and a coke. It's like the best sweet/salty combo you've ever had! Since Im an advocate for all things are better when they're homemade, um, I'm fairly certain these would go over REAL well in my house. Great pics too!

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    Lyndee — June 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    These look amazing! Can't wait to make them. Have you tried it with any other cheeses?

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    Angie @ bigbearswife — June 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    these look perfect!! I can't wait to try these!

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    Sue — June 28, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I already LOVE cheez-its, so I can only imagine how amazing your homemade version is! A MUST TRY, and SOON! Thanks, Katrina!

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    jenn @ p&c — June 28, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I'm dying laughing over the "my mom lets me use sharp things!" caption =) ohmygosh! these look so awesome! I think i'd eat them so fast that i'd have to have a mini cheeze it making factory out of my house ;)

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    KimBee — June 28, 2011 at 3:41 am

    So amazing. I love all the pictures you did with it. This is the coolest recipe I've seen in awhile. Kudos to you!

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    mia xara — June 28, 2011 at 4:47 am

    These look amazing, Katrina !!!To be tried ASAP !!! XO

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    Kate from Scratch — June 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

    These are really adrable and delicious Katrina! Congrats to you on the Top 9. I'm proud to be in your company. :)

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    Sylvie@GITK — June 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Those look perfect! You nailed, even down to the little holes on the tops.

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    Ramona — June 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I am simply amazed! WOW! When I saw the picture initially I thought they were the real thing. Very good job!!!! My mother and I must try this recipe. Thanks : )

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    Ramona — June 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

    PS… Congrats on making Top 9 on Foodbuzz! : )

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    kathdedon — June 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I made a recipe very similar to this and it was a huge hit. I didn't think of using a pastry wheel to cut them. Great idea! I love the way yours turned out.

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    Charlie — June 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    These look so much better than store bought!

    I love the name and think you should change your title.

    Grandpa Crackers sounds so much better!

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    ThermoNix — June 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Wow. Makes me want to go out and get a pastry wheel and make these now! Thanks for the recipe.

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    FreeEats — June 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    These look delicious! Seeing your kidlet help out reminds me of my kitchen! We have to make gluten-free versions of cheez-its and goldfish crackers so that my son with food allergies can have some "normal" snacks to take to parties and playdates. Yours look amazing.

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    Helen — June 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks so much. This will save me some cash at the grocery store that could be put to better use, like buying more chocolate!

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    Carolyn — June 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    These look SO good, Katrina, and you did such a lovely job cutting them out. I would have been all over the map, even with a ruler! I am saving this recipe because my kids would adore these.

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    briarrose — June 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    These turned out perfect. Wonderful job. I'm pretty sure I was nosh the whole batch. ;)

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    caroline — June 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    These looks so fluffy and delicious. I've been itching to make homemade Cheez-Its, as I've been seeing them around a bunch of blogs. I'm sure these were very addicting!

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    Rachel — June 29, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Katrina – These are sooo adorable! Congrats on Top 9! By the way, I read your interview on Food Lovers Web and loved it. I always wondered how you were able to make these amazing creations with two little ones around … now I understand why baking is easier. Can't keep kids (especially growing boys) hungry when it's mealtime, but I do anyway. Hehe. Hope you're well and having a fantastic summer!

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    Elyse — June 29, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Congrats on making the top 9!! I love cheez-its so much! They are soooooo freakin addicting! I definitely need to try these… although I probably won't stop eating them! lol

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    bakerbynature — June 29, 2011 at 3:15 am

    My Mom loves cheez-its and I always am telling her to eat more natural foods; I guess if I make them- problem solved.

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    gingerbreadbagels — June 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I can't even tell you how excited I am about these! They look sooooo good and I'm in love with Cheez-Its. :)

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    Ginnette — June 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    wow I love them!!! I cant believe they are so easy to make at home… I have a question, i dont like to use shortening, do you think is possible if i omit it or should i add more butter? What do you recommend?

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    pureandyummy — June 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    These look and sound fantastic!!! I love that your son got to use sharp things, that is too funny! Like all kids, my kids adore cheese cracker, especially goldfish. I am definitely going to have to try this recipe. Do they have to be made with shortening? Do you know of a substitute? Great job and congrats on Top 9!

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    Holly — June 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    WOW! These look so great. I actually just bought a big ol' box of Cheez-Itz for my kiddos yesterday. So glad to know now I can make them homemade. : )

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    Ann — June 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    OMG! Cheese-its?!!!!! That is so cool I don't have the words! I am hitting the google follow button the second after I hit the post button!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I'm so happy you like them! I couldn't believe how easy they were as well! The original recipe calls for 4T of butter. You can certainly do this instead of shortening. I only substituted it to give the crackers a bit more crispiness. Follow the link to the ReadyMade Magazine website and you can see the results with all butter. I hope you do make these! I'd love to see a picture or drop me a line if you do!! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:15 am

    He thought he was big stuff! Why are kids fascinated with toothpicks?! lol The original recipe calls for 4T of butter. You can certainly do this instead of shortening. I only substituted it to give the crackers a bit more crispiness. Follow the link to the ReadyMade Magazine website and you can see the results with all butter. I hope you do make these! I'd love to see a picture or drop me a line if you do!! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

    lol – I love it! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Thanks! I was pleased too! Wasn't this so easy to make?!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I serioulsy refer to them as Grandpa Crackers now :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I hardly ever use my pastry wheel but I was so thankful to have one for this cracker!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I make some gluten-free things sometimes too. It really is fun to get creative! Thanks for stopping by!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Chocolate – of course!! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:20 am

    That is all my son's doing – can you believe it? I positioned the ruler for him and he cut each one out and poked the holes in them. Why do kids go ga-ga over toothpicks?! lol Hey – congrats on your Women's Day magazine feature! How awesome was that?!!!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Can you believe how easy these were? I have my eye on some other crackers now!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Oh thank you so much! Yes – my growing boys…! These were also in danger of being eaten up. We couldn't stop munching. I finally had to package them up all pretty so that way we couldn't get into them before we gave them to my dad! Thanks for stopping by my Food Lovers Website interview! That was so much fun!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I give you fair warning – these are addicting!! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I never knew there were so many Cheez-It fans out there! I was kind of a closet Cheez-It fan! lol

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Thanks Fran! Let me know how they turn out! Feel free to post a pic on my Facebook page! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:26 am

    lol thanks! Can you believe how easy these were?! I love simple things that pack a lot of bang for the buck!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Oh please let me know how it turns out! Post a pic on my facebook or send me a note!! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I really want to try some more cracker recipes now! Maybe I'll start with yours… ;)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:36 am

    So true! Yeah the original recipe called for all butter but I thought the shortening might help with criping? I don't know. But it was tasty! And the pastry wheel made things so easy!!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Thanks!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Oh Jennifurla! Thank you! I have been enjoying your blog but Blogger is not letting me comment :( Just know that I'm there!! ♥

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:38 am

    So true – I had to package them up and get them out of the house! Or my poor dad wasn't going to get anything for Father's Day!! lol

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I positioned the ruler and my son cut every single one out!! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Yes they are addictive! Thanks! ♥

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I had to get them out of the house asap!!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Oh let me know if you do! Post a pic to my facebook page or drop me a line!! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:40 am

    THANK YOU!! I will be making these again for sure!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Thanks Wendy! I got it at Goodwill for $1.50!!!! Yay!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Why thank you!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Aw thank you so much! They are addictive little guys!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Great! Drop me a line or post a pic to my facebook page! I'd love to hear!!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Awesome! Let me know how they turn out!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Yay! Let me know what you think!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Ooh! It would be fun to switch up the cheese flavors! Mmm!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 12:43 am

    :) Thanks so much!! ♥

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    bakingserendipity — June 30, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Too cool! Cheez Its are a definite favorite snack in my house. I love the thought of making them without all those crazy extra preservatives! And the story behind these is too cute :)

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    Susan — June 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I found my way over from a comment at Bake @ 350 and SO glad I did! These look like a great tail-gate staple! I look forward to looking over your past posts and one in the future. Nice to "meet" you!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Nice to meet you too! Oh don't you just love Bridget's site?! I want to be like her when I grow up! lol

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I have been wanting to try my hand at wheat thins too!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    lol Yes they were highly addictive!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I warned you! :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Oh let me know if you try them! They are so easy as tasty!!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    And here I thought I was the only one? lol

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Oh just must make them! They are so easy and pack a lot of bang for not a lot of buck!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks Lin Ann

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks so much! It was my first itme making crackers – it will not be the last!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    lol and here I thought I was the only one! So many of you are cheez-it fans!!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    You are cracking me up!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I love this comment – it made my day! :) Mary I hope you do make these – drop me a line or post a pic on my facebook page if you get a chance!!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    aw thanks!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Oh yes a Coke is my other guilty pleasure munchie. Mmm

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I have not but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I bet it would be tasty! Let me know if you do :)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Oh you will just love them – it was so easy! I will be making more crackers soon!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Wow – thanks so much! What a compliment!!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks so much Kate! Those banana biter biscuits were so delicious looking!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks Sylvie! I can't believe how easy it was. We will be making more cracker varieties for sure.

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks. Yes it is true that these are called grandpa crackers in our home ;)

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    lauren lanza osias — July 1, 2011 at 4:02 am

    these actually look amazing… and i'm a vegan, so i'm not supposed to say things like that. haha.
    http://laurenlanzaosias.blogspot.com
    it's giveaway time with shabby apple…

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    Manu — July 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Oh my goodness! These look amazing! I am a big fan of cheese and savoury treats, so these are going in my must try recipe list!

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    Maranda — July 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    These are seriously the most delicious looking homemade cheez-its I have seen! Thanks for sharing! Delicious!!!

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    Erin — July 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    These look amazing!!!

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    Gourmet Fashion — July 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Katrina, Happy 4th of July. Those cheez-its. Wow they look so tasty – I would never have thought to make those myself (that's one of the few things that come out of the box around here) – great job!

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    Hester Chang — July 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Oh Katrina, these are absolutely lovely and spectacular! Your son must have had so much fun helping you make these :-) And your dad receiving them! These are definitely saved to make this summer :-) Hope you're having a great weekend!

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    Tammy — July 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Wow!!! What a exceptional post! I love cheez-Its they are my favorite, but yours look waayy better! What a fabulous time making these…I would love to give them a try sometime!!!

    xx,
    Tammy

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    Lori — July 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Yum! Cheez-its are the best! I never thought of making them at home. Thanks for the recipe!

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    kita — July 5, 2011 at 3:20 am

    So thats how they get all the cheese in there! (sorry I couldnt resist). My daddy loves cheez-its! Ill have to try these for him someday. :D

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    Jill Colonna — July 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    These are fantastic! I love it: chardonnay or tuna salad or on their own is just fine.

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    Sanjeeta kk — July 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Oh..my, my..am in love with these awesome baked goodies!!

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    Dip It In Chocolate — July 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Ok, who even does this? You get a great big gold star from me. My kids might want you to adopt them. Someday I'm going to be as ambitious as you. Just found your blog through Foodbuzz & love it!

    Following you on Twitter!

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    @CourtneysSweets — July 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    My hubby loves cheez its! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Amanda — July 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Has anyone tried this with whole wheat flour? Would love to test it out, but if anyone has already done it, I'd love to hear how it came out!

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    KatrinasKitchen — July 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Amanda! I saw that someone on Pinterest made them with whole wheat flour with success http://pinterest.com/pin/50961274/

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    Felix — July 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I sorry to say this but your posts have open my mind to the world of recipes out there. Keep up the good work :-)

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    NIcole — August 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Just made these and they are awesome and super easy to make! I'll be doubling it next time because we LOVE us our cheez-its! It has been a bit of a guilty pleasure for my husband and me since we try really hard to stay away from processed food. Now I am happy to be able to know exactly what is in it! Thanks!

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    KatrinasKitchen — August 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    They are dangerous! I really need to double it the next time too. I'm thinking of making them int strips for easy dipping. Yum! I'm so gla dyou liked it. :)

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    Fisher Boy — August 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    These homemade cheez-its are one of the family recipes that we are dying to try. These sure look fun for kids to get involved in making, too. We bet they are light and and air, in addition to being delicious. We'd like to give this recipe a try using Asiago as well.

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    Jess Farnsworth — August 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    This looks amazingly delicious! Question, on step three are you supposed to refridgerate the discs? Because on a later step you mention returning the parchment/mat to the fridge. I was confused since they had not been refrigerated…

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    KatrinasKitchen — August 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks Jess! That must have been a little typo. All fixed now :) Yes I chilled the dough so it would roll better.

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    joeyC — August 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    YUM !!!

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    The Veg Chef — September 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    How many servings? And nutritional facts? How long does prep take?

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    KatrinasKitchen — September 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    As is, the recipe makes about 7 dozen crackers (depending on how small you make them). I don't have the nutritional info here but it wouldn't be difficult to look up with such a short ingredient list. And it took me about 40 minutes to make these…because my 4 year old was "helping." :) Thanks for stopping by!

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    Lesa — September 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    My father has several health problems that require a very specialized diet., in addition to a stroke has made him near impossible to cook for, never-mind my mother being diabetic and having a list of 'untouchable' foods a mile long. These were a hit with both of them! (nevermind the 'test batch' that my bf and I devoured in a day.. )
    Instead of salt I sprinkled in a bit of herbs and a tiny tiny (1/8th tsp?) bit of mustard powder, swapped out the regular cheese with low sodium and ended up reducing the butter to 2tblsp for only 3 total of butter and shortening.

    The possibilities with this recipe are truly endless. Most any herb works, onion salt, garlic salt or powder, even whole wheat flour. We're planning on making a few more test batches, but thank you for posting the first GOOD cheese cracker recipe I've been able to find!

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    KatrinasKitchen — September 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Nothing could make me happier! Thank you for letting me know.

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    Alison — October 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    They look soooooo cute! I want to make some!

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    Stephanie — October 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I've made them with the white wheat (grabbed the wrong bag at the grocery) and they are great.

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    Jeanne — November 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I can't wait to try these. I found your site by chance and am enjoying the recipe's up here in Maine.

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    Beth — November 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I am getting ready to make these today for my husbands fire station (as soon as my son goes down for a nap ha!)…this might be a dumb question but do you separate the crackers before of after baking? Does that make sense?

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    Alex — December 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I just made these–love! Mine puffed up a lot though, wonder if if should've made the the holes bigger.. I'll have to experiment.

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    Ann — December 13, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Katrina

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    Ann — December 13, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Katrina I never forgot this recipe – it was the post that wouldn't leave me alone! I knew one day that I'd be making them and I thought you'd like to know that I've made 4 double batches – they are AMAZING! Thank you SO much!

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    Verónica Cake — January 9, 2012 at 3:00 am

    wow, loved this recipe!
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    Shannon — January 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I live in Singapore and have not found Cheez-Its anywhere!!! I cannot wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much!! :)

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    Heather — January 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I actually made these gluten free today with some minor adjustments….YUM! I have not had cheese-its in MONTHS…such a treat! :)

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    Kim — February 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

    But Step 2 says to "slowly add flour"….

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    Emily P. — March 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I love these crackers and have made them a few times. I shared the recipe on my blog because others should share in this amazing-ness :) http://www.shemakesandbakes.com/1/post/2012/03/di
    My recent post DIY Cheez Its

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    Michelle — April 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I just made these… I lazily halved the recipe because I only had about four ounces of cheese. I used white cheddar. This is a pretty forgiving recipe. I also experimented with different thicknesses, ranging from about 1/8th inch to probably around a half an inch. The thicker the cut, the more they poofed up while they baked. Even the thickest ones came out really good- flaky layers of cheesy goodness. They were more like cookies or large crackers. Hard to screw these up!

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    Chrystal — June 10, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I made these tonight. I broke off a chunk of dough and just left the rest in the freezer. My chunk made 3 dozen. Yeah my toddler and I had them gone in 10 minutes. Thanks so much for sharing.
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    Judy — July 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Is this all purpose flour in the recipe? thx:)

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    Cindy B. — January 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Hi Katrina, I finally tried this recipe, I blog about it today, I love it! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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    Dana P — March 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I’m glad I googled and found this. I made the 4tbsp butter recipe the other day and my husband said the taste was exactly like cheezits but he and I both agreed they were to moist. And the oven temp was only 350 and I rolled them almost paper thin. I’m glad to see your recipe says 375 I was considering doing that anyways. But never would have thought to use the shortening. Yay so no more trips to the store since I always keep shortening in the cabinet :). I will try this tonight after my fourteen month old goes to bed hahaha. I’m crossing my finger in hope that the shortening fixesy crispiness issue. Because we have been trying to go more toward homemade foods and cheezits are one of my husbands guilty pleasures at the store and to many additives.

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    Kelly L — April 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Do you think these would work with a rice flour?

    • Katrina Bahl — April 25th, 2013 @ 11:46 am

      I have not worked with rice flour before so I’m not sure. I’d love to hear your results!

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    Rose — July 17, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Hello, Katrina. Can I make Cheez-its in an oven toaster? Have a great day!

    • Katrina Bahl — July 17th, 2013 @ 9:32 am

      I haven never used an oven-toaster before so I’m not sure. Let me know if you try it!

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    Christina — October 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Can I use wheat flour?
    -Christina

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