The thought of making homemade crackers is similar to that of making hummus. Why spend hours in the kitchen when you can buy delicious, affordable varieties that come in countless flavors and suit nearly every dietary preference?
We already set the record straight when it comes to hummus, so now it’s time to talk about crackers. First off, the idea that they take hours to make or require culinary expertise is simply incorrect. Another myth: Store-bought crackers taste better. These seven recipes are crazy tasty and can be made by anyone, whether a kitchen whiz or cooking novice. Let’s get crackin’.
1. Easy Homemade Flatbread Crackers
This recipe uses 10 ingredients and only requires mixing together the dough, rolling it out, and topping it with, as the recipe creator calls them, “desired accessories.” Taking less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish, these are some of the easiest and most customizable crackers out there. We love experimenting with herbs and spices and occasionally topping them with cheese.
2. Multi Seed Crisps
Birds are onto something: A simple blend of seeds and water is actually an incredible snack. This recipe calls for 14 varieties of seeds, but you can also opt for what you have on hand and use larger quantities of a smaller selection (e.g., go heavy on the pepitas and skip the amaranth). The step we don’t advise skipping: Adding a teaspoon of onion salt to the seed mixture. It adds just the right amount of flavor to the nutritious, omega-loaded snack.
3. Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers
Don’t be fooled by the hour-and-a-half cooking time, these crackers still fall into the super-easy category. In fact, most of the cook time is letting the crackers cool. To make, simply whip up the dough, divide into four sections, roll as thinly as humanly possible, bake for four minutes at 450 degrees, flip, and bake for a few more minutes. The thinner the dough, the crispier and more golden the cracker.
4. Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps
Fruit and nut crackers mean extra nutritious crackers, right? When it comes to this recipe, yes. Many similar store-bought recipes boast high quantities of sugar, whereas these crispy delights use a relatively small amount. These crisps go great with soft cheeses, like Brie and goat, and taste delicious with maple syrup in place of the brown sugar.
5. Spicy Everything Bagel Cheddar Cheese Crackers
These crackers capture so many flavors that we love: spicy, everything bagel, cheddar cheese. They’re so darn good, we’ve dubbed them the triple threat of crackers. Use a fluted square cookie cutter for a Cheez It-like shape and feel free to opt for store-bought everything bagel spice to cut back cook time a tad.
6. Parmesan Thyme Crackers
Sure, this recipe is a great gift, but we say treat yo’self and make an extra batch to enjoy at home. These seven-ingredient crackers are full of butter, cheese, and thyme, some of the greatest flavors for crispy, savory crackers. Make sure the butter is room temperature to ensure the crackers don’t fluff and puff, and don’t skimp on chill time, as the longer they cool, the more evenly they’ll cook.
7. One-Bowl Gluten-Free Crackers
Gluten-free and vegan? Yes, it is possible to have diet-friendly crackers that still taste like a dream. We love the hearty taste of the almond meal and hint of savory from the fresh rosemary and sea salt. Make sure to use a neutral-tasting oil, like avocado, to ensure it doesn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients. The best part: These crackers taste good with practically everything, so dip your heart out.