Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers

I bet you would  be hard pressed to find a mom who doesn’t have a plastic container of fish shaped or square cheese crackers tucked away in her Mom bag.  Take that same search to the lunch room and you will find plenty of powdery cheese residue fingers being licked off.

I don’t know about you, but my love affair with little cheese crackers did not fade as I grew older, but now I just make my own!  These Homemade Ranch Cheese crackers can be enjoyed in any lunch box, as an after school treat or grown up style with a glass of wine or beer!

With the help of my lovey assistant, the KitchenAid® 13-Cup Food Processor, these cheese crackers are simple to make.

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

First I used the shredding disc on my KitchenAid® 13-Cup Food Processor to shred my cheese.  I used Monterey Jack, but you could use any white cheese you prefer.  Place shredded cheese in a bowl and remove shredding disc and replace with the large chopping blade.

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

Next, simply place cheese, butter, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix and salt in food processor and  pulse until it turns into coarse crumbs.

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

Add milk and process until dough forms. Using your hands, form dough into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator 1-2 hours (this will help firm up butter and cheese, yielding a more crispy cracker)

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

Preheat oven to 350° Grease baking sheet, or line with parchment or silicone mat. Remove dough from refrigerator and flatten on floured work surface.  Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment or waxed paper, to 1/8″ thick into a large rectangle.

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

Using a pizza or pastry cutter, cut dough into one inch squares.

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

Use the flat end of a wooden skewer to poke a hole in the center of each cracker, then sprinkle with a little Kosher salt (optional).

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

Using a spatula, transfer crackers to prepared baking sheet.

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

You can place them fairly close together; they will puff up, but not spread much. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until edges start to brown. Do not overcook. Let them cool completely on a wire rack.

After they cool completely, place crackers in a paper bag with  Ranch Dressing Mix and dill weed and shake until well coated. Enjoy!

Store in airtight container for up to 3 days in a cool place.

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

These homemade crackers are party perfect whether you are having friends over to watch football, neighbors over to your new house, or a holiday gathering with friends and family.  These five tips can turn the most simple event into something really special!

Plan Ahead  Let your guests know about your party at least 10 days in advance.

Quality over Quantity:  Serve the best you can afford, even if it mean serving less.  They are going to remember the spectacular dessert you served more than the 8 different selections of cookies, cupcakes and truffles you had.

Keep it simple: Don’t serve a whole meal.  Try cocktails and drinks, just appetizers or just dessert.  Since you are serving less, make it something they will remember!  Don’t apologize–  to quote Julia Child “Own your food and make it as special as it really is”

Use Premade Items  You can’t do everything yourself, unless you have some kind of superpower, nor will you have the time or energy. Stop by the bakery or gourmet grocery and pick up pastries or a delicious side dish and put in your own dish when serving,  no one will know the difference.

Include Entertainment  Everyone seems to have a smart phone these days, create a hashtag and sign that says something like:  Please Instagram our Party using hashtag #SmithBash — it’s a fun way to engage your guests and document the night. Another ice-breaker: Pull out an active game like Pictionary or Uno and play a couple of rounds over drinks and dessert.

Ranch and Cheese Crackers

INGREDIENTS

6 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
1/4 cup butter, softened and cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons ranch dressing mix (separated)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup flour (plus a little more for dusting)
1 tablespoon milk
Kosher salt (to sprinkle on top, optional)
1/4 teaspoon dill weed

DIRECTIONS

Place flour, cheese, butter, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix and salt in food processor, and pulse until it turns into coarse crumbs.

Add milk and process until dough forms.

Using your hands, form dough into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator 1-2 hours (this will help firm up butter and cheese, yielding a more crispy cracker)

Preheat oven to 350° Grease baking sheet, or line with parchment or silicone mat. Remove dough from refrigerator and flatten on floured work surface.

Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment or waxed paper to 1/8″ thick, roll into rectangle as best as you can. (the thinner you roll your dough, the more crispy your crackers will be)

Using a pizza or pastry cutter, cut dough into one inch squares. Use the flat end of a wooden skewer to poke a hole in the center of each cracker.  Sprinkle with Kosher salt (optional)

Using a spatula, transfer crackers to prepared baking sheet. You can place crackers fairly close together, they will puff up, but not spread much.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, until edges start to brown. Do not overcook. Let them cool completely on a wire rack.

Place crackers in a paper (or plastic) bag with remaining tablespoon ranch dressing mix and dill weed, shake to coat.

Enjoy!  Store in airtight container for up to 3 days in a cool place.

Homemade Ranch and Cheese Crackers Recipe

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