The cracker aisle of the grocery store is a veritable bonanza of flavors — whether you like cheese or plain, herbaceous or salty, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of options from which to choose. But those options are accompanied by the undeniable, unpleasant realities of processed foods. Most crackers are loaded with salt and preservatives, not to mention cholesterol and fat, making them popular, but often not healthful, snacks.
Luckily for the home cook, making your own crackers is almost too easy. The general rule of thumb for cracker dough is two cups of flour to 2/3 cup of warm water. You can use whole wheat flour, semolina flour, all-purpose flour or any combination of the three. From there, everything else is customizable based on your tastes and purposes. So next time you’re hosting a party or simply looking for an afternoon snack, bust out the mixing bowl and rolling pin. We promise it’s way easier than you would think.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. Slowly add in warm water and olive oil; mix until blended. Let rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
On a cutting board dusted with flour, roll out cracker dough with a rolling pin. Thinness is key when it comes to making good crackers — ideally, your dough should be no more than 1/8-in. thick.
Transfer dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Slice into whatever cracker shapes you desire (a pizza cutter is great for this) and poke the top of each cracker with fork tines to prevent them from puffing up.
Bake crackers at 400 degrees, watching them closely to make sure they don’t burn. Depending on thickness, crackers will cook at least 10 minutes.
Making crackers at home presents endless possibilities, including:
Adding freshly chopped chives
Adding fresh rosemary and/or thyme
Brushing crackers with olive oil before baking
Adding very finely diced sundried tomatoes
Adding the cheese of your choice