Gluten-Free Cheese Crackers

Who can resist crunchy cheese snack crackers? Our gluten-free version is a dream come true for those following a GF diet. These light, crunchy crackers, with in-your-face cheese flavor from fresh cheddar, are positively addictive. Our thanks to reader Stephanie Kay for suggesting these crackers, on behalf of her daughter — who was very much missing Cheez-Its® on her GF diet!

Prep
20 mins
Bake
12 to 16 mins
Total
32 mins
Yield
about 15 dozen small (1") crackers
Gluten-Free Cheese Crackers

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Get out two large baking sheets; there's no need to grease them. If you have parchment, get out two pieces of parchment.

  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients, then work in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.

  3. Add the grated cheese and stir until thoroughly combined.

  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg and vinegar until frothy, then add the water.

  5. Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients, mixing to make a cohesive dough. Add additional water a teaspoon at a time, if necessary to bring the dough together.

  6. Divide the dough into two pieces, and shape each into a rough square.

  7. Roll out one piece of dough at a time, keeping the piece you're not working with covered to prevent drying.

  8. Lightly dust your work surface, or a piece of parchment, with gluten-free flour blend.

  9. Roll the dough 1/4" thick, and cut into 1" squares, use a pizza or pastry wheel, a bench knife, or a plain knife. Prick each cracker with a fork.

  10. If you've rolled on parchment, simply lift the parchment onto the baking sheet. Separate the crackers a bit, leaving about 1/4" between them, so they crisp evenly. If you're not using parchment, transfer the crackers to the baking sheet, leaving about 1/4" between them.

  11. Repeat with the remaining piece of dough.

  12. Bake the crackers for 12 to 16 minutes, until their edges are starting to brown.

  13. Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the pan.

  14. Store cooled crackers in an airtight container, or tightly wrapped in plastic.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Not baking gluten-free? Enjoy our Crunchy Parmesan Crackers.
  • Be sure to taste your supply of cayenne pepper before deciding how much to add; we had two varieties in the test kitchen and the level of heat was very different between the two.