Unjunked: Cheez-It Crackers
1 1/2 c. unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 c. packed sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil (you can use butter, if you prefer)
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. water
1 T. dried cheese powder (optional, but gives a brighter orange color and a stronger cheddar flavor)**
coarse sea salt, to taste
1. In a food processor, pulse the dry ingredients. Add the cheese. Pulse.
2. Pour the olive oil into the dry, pulsing as you go. Pour enough water so that the dough clings together and pulse.
3. Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll the dough as thin as possible. Slice into whatever shape you like; I use a pizza cutter to cut 1" squares, but you can do anything - pull out cookie cutters if you want a project for your kids.
4. Brush with water and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
*I didn't have garlic or onion powder on hand, but a dash of one or both of those would probably be a great addition.
**This isn't a standard ingredient, but it's worth buying if you plan on making these regularly or enjoy sprinkling it on popcorn. It should be plain cheese, just dried and powdered. Nothing else added.
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