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Parmesan Cracker Recipe

January 21, 2013   16 Comments

The cracker aisle at the supermarket is fraught with peril. I cannot tell you how many e-mails I get about crackers.

With a name like Snack Girl, people think you know crackers. Frankly, it is hard for me to recommend many of the packaged crackers because manufacturers have added sugar and salt in large amounts.

What if you could make your own crackers? I did make crackers last year, see below, and they were GONE almost before they were cold. My family loved them, but I didn’t like making the dough, rolling it out, and cutting it up.

I’m lazy like that.

Since I am always looking for new cracker ideas, I tried this Parmesan cheese cracker to see what it would be like. It is super easy.

The best part is that these have a very strong flavor so you are not tempted to eat the entire tray. Savor these with a glass of white wine or just toss them in your lunch box instead of cheese sticks.

You can flavor these with your favorite herbs or just black pepper to add a bit of spice. Try adding fresh thyme or rosemary to mix it up.

I know I am going to get complaints about one cracker being 1 Points+. Keep in mind that this is a cheese cracker so instead of crackers AND cheese, you just eat the cracker.

Do not let these get too brown. I walked away and they burned pretty quickly.

What is your favorite cracker?

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Simple Parmesan Cracker

(makes 15 crackers)

1 4 ounce piece of Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
ground black pepper (optional)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Grate the Parmesan with the large grating side of a box grater. Combine the Parmesan and flour (and optional pepper) in a bowl and mix. With a tablespoon measure, spoon mixture onto the parchment paper making a 1 inch diameter circle.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until light brown. Cool for a minute and remove with a spatula.

For one cracker = 34 calories, 2.2 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 0.7 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 3.0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 116 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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16 Comments:

Thank you, Snack Girl! I get so frustrated in the cracker aisle and feel like I must be missing something. I keep grabbing boxes and reading and reading the labels and end up buying "the lesser of the evils." I'm definitely going to try these at home. (And discovered your tortilla recipe, another frustration at the grocery store--thank you!)

on January 21, 2013

If you google ''organic crackers'' and click images you will find lots of healthier options for cracker attacks. My fav is Marys Gone Crackers. Ak-mak is also nice to have around. I don't crave crackers alot, mostly my snack lately has been 1oz cheddar, 1/2 large org apple sliced, and few mixed nuts, cup of tea; its very satisfying I find. For whole grain or sprouted grain, ezekiel makes a great tortilla.

on January 21, 2013

At a local 'Tea Room', they serve Parmesan Crisps. Pretty much the same thing you have here but without flour. A nice treat for those who are gluten intolerant.
( I will tell you that I now have a hankering for cheese straws, after seeing these!)

on January 21, 2013

Make mini versions of these and toss them in a salad. Delish!!

on January 21, 2013

I know it isn't the same as having a cracker, but Pita Break's organic spelt lavash can be a good vehicle for cheese, dips, etc., and they have a respectable ingredient list:
Organic stone ground whole grain spelt flour, filtered water, organic sesame seeds, organic flax seeds, organic evaporated cane juice, organic sunflower oil, sea salt.
Of course if you have allergies steer clear, but they can be a good substitute for sugar- and/or oil-laden crackers.

on January 21, 2013

Just cheese and flour? No liquid?

on January 21, 2013

@Sarah - it works! I was surprised too.

on January 21, 2013

Wow! Thanks, I'll have to try it. Thought you'd left out the oil, water or egg!!

on January 21, 2013

I love these little cheese crackers but don't think to make them very often. I'm a cracker lover, but they are one of my trigger foods. I seem to lose my mind when presented with a box of cheese its. So, I've decided to keep it plain and simple. My favorite is Triscuits. They and plain old saltines are the only kind I buy anymore.

on January 21, 2013

I make these without the flour all the time in my non stick fry pan. They are great as a crunchy salad topper! YUMMY :)

on January 21, 2013

These can be microwaved on a coated paper plate for one minute. Cool slightly and remove. Use one tbl. grated Parmesan Cheese-- nothing else. Easy and delicious!

on January 21, 2013

Cool! Will this work with other types of cheese?

on January 22, 2013

If I make other types of crackers, I do not roll them out, instead form into log shape, chill, slice, and then bake. I love to roll the logs in finely chopped pecans before slicing.

on January 22, 2013

34 calories x 15 crackers=510 calories(the whole recipe)not too calorie conscious the using all purpose flour? i'm just saying

on January 22, 2013

Wonderful snack. Sounds yummy.

on January 22, 2013

Looks yummy, but I'm not sure I would call it a cracker?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this looks like baked cheese with a miniscule amount of flour. What makes it a cracker?

on March 7, 2013


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