Healthy Homemade Crackers

These crackers are made with simple ingredients and bake up light, crispy, and full of flavor!

Before you think I’m either amazing or crazy for making my own crackers, let me tell you how easy this recipe is!

It is even easier and faster to make than pizza dough, bread, or cookies which require eggs.

You start by making a plain dough with minimal ingredients like flour, oil, water, and salt.

A small amount of sugar is added to aid in browning and enhance the flavors. You can leave it out but your crackers might taste “blah.”

Then the dough is divided into three parts and various seasonings are added to each. This way, you get a variety of different flavors.

The hardest or most time consuming part is rolling out the dough thin enough until you can almost see through it. This ensures the crackers bake up perfectly crunchy.

How to Make Crispy Crackers

In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup each of all-purpose and whole wheat flours, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.

To the mixture, add 3 tablespoons oil and stir well with a fork until crumbly. Start adding small amounts of water while stirring. You will need about 1/2 to 2/3 cup cold water.

The dough should come together and become soft and pliable, not too wet or sticky. Cover and let rest for 10-15 minutes while preheating oven to 400°F.

Flavoring Ideas

  • Sea Salt: 1/2 teaspoon sprinkled on top.
  • Everything But the Bagel: 1/2 teaspoon store-bought seasoning.
  • Parmesan Garlic: 1/4 cup grated parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder and oregano, and pinch black pepper.

If you want to make 3 different flavors, divide the dough into 3 separate bowls. Reserve the sea salt for the first batch and mix the other two flavorings into the 2nd and 3rd bowls.

Starting with the first batch, place the dough on an oiled surface or wood board. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough as thin as possible. It should be thin enough to see through it. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly shaped.

Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice 1½-2 inch long strips. Then cut each strip into small squares, rectangles or triangles. Or use small cookie cutters for fun shapes.

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Space them out so they’re not touching. Now sprinkle on the coarse salt.

Homemade cracker dough with sea salt on lined baking sheet.

Place in the oven and bake for 10-14 minute or until golden brown. If some crackers are browning faster than others, remove them from the pan.

Continue baking the rest of the crackers until golden. Cool the crackers completely on a wire rack.

Crispy crackers with sea salt on cooling rack.

While the first batch is baking, roll out the second batch, and then the third. Then bake them the same way.

How long do crackers last?

Once all the crackers have cooled completely, store them in an air-tight container.

They will stay fresh at room temperature for at least a week, or possibly more. Ours didn’t last that long!

But what should you do if your crackers have lost their crunch? If they are soft or “stale,” re-crisp them in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 225°F.

This is such a fun recipe to do with kids. They can cut out different shapes and add their favorite flavors.

My son has requested cheddar for next time while my daughter said she wants cinnamon sugar.

If you’re still hesitant to make your own crackers or don’t think it’s worth it, try making a smaller batch by dividing the recipe in half and using only one flavor.

Trust me, the results are worth the minimal effort.

Not only would these make a lovely gift packaged in a festive tin, you can also serve them as a party appetizer along with different cheeses and various spreads.

Or simply enjoy them alone as a snack!

 

What My Kids Say:
10 year-old: “Oh my god, these are so good!”
7 year-old: “It is salty, cheesy, and delicious. I like cheese, I like salt, and I like stuff that’s delicious.”

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Healthy Homemade Crackers

Joby’s Test Kitchen
Baked crackers with a crispy texture and savory flavor.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup (120g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsps (45ml) olive oil
  • ½-⅔ cup (120-160ml) water

Flavor 1: Sea Salt

  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt, to be sprinkled on top

Flavor 2: “Everything” Cracker

  • ½ tsp Everything-But-The-Bagel Seasoning

Flavor 3: Parmesan and Garlic

  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the flours, sugar, and salt. Add the oil and stir well with a fork until crumbly. Start adding small amounts of water while stirring. The dough should come together and become soft and pliable, not too wet or sticky. Cover and let rest for 10-15 minutes while preheating oven to 400°F.
  • If you want to make 3 different flavors, divide the dough into 3 separate bowls. Reserve the sea salt for the first batch and mix the other two flavorings into the 2nd and 3rd bowls.
  • Starting with the first batch, place the dough on an oiled surface or wood board. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough as thin as possible. It should be thin enough to see through it. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly shaped.
  • Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice 1½-2 inch long strips. Then cut each strip into small squares, rectangles or triangles. Or use small cookie cutters for fun shapes.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Space them out so they’re not touching. Now sprinkle on the coarse salt. Place in oven and bake 10-14 minute until golden brown. If some crackers are browning faster than others, take them off the pan. Continue baking the rest of the crackers until golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • While the first batch is baking, roll out the second batch, and then the third.
  • Once all the crackers have cooled completely, store them in an air-tight container. They will stay fresh at room temperature for at least a week, or possibly more (ours didn’t last that long).

Notes

Stale Crackers: Have your crackers lost their crunch? If they are soft or “stale,” re-crisp them in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 225°F.
Keyword appetizer, baked, crackers, parmesan