These homemade grain-free and gluten-free cheese crackers are just as delicious as the more traditional kind! If you prefer a whole grain version, try my 100% whole grain cheese crackers.
Growing up, my favorite snack foods were Cheez-its and Goldfish. Despite my hardcore love of cheesy junk food, I only first made cheese crackers after moving to Germany. I looked high and low in German grocery stores and couldn’t find them anywhere (and still can’t!) I guess that’s okay because cheese crackers are my biggest weakness.
Every time I make them, it ends badly. I only make cheese crackers for special occasions but they normally don’t even make it there. Mr. T will typically find me after eating a tray of crackers, tell me how bad I am, try one himself and then eat half the next pan.
Perhaps they’re so addictive due to the ridiculous amount of cheese in there. When I was adding the cheddar for this last batch, I was pretty shocked and even a little appalled. It’s a ton of cheese. But it’s also a lot of protein and calcium, and now that fat is considered a good thing, I decided I didn’t care. :)
And there’s no need to worry about the weird combination of almond and coconut flour with cheddar. All you taste is cheddar with a hint of cayenne and onion powder!
I’ve made cheese crackers before but this was the first time I’ve added cayenne pepper. Just a little goes a long way! They’re not spicy at all so if that’s what you’re going for, you’ll want to add more spice.
But I need to warn you that these gluten-free cheddar crackers may only stay super crisp on the first day. I’ve made them several times and sometimes they stay crisp for weeks and sometimes they stay crisp for one day. But even then, they’re still kind of crisp, but with a slight bit of a chew.
I always weigh everything when I bake so it’s not a measuring issue. It either has to be a slight difference in the brands of cheese I use or perhaps in humidity. I’m not really sure. It doesn’t make the crackers any less delicious, though! And if you want to, you can always pop them back in the oven for a few minutes (6 minutes at 350 °F) to crisp them back up. :)
Gluten-free and Grain-free Cheese Crackers
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- 2 cups (200 grams) blanched almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons (42 grams) butter
- 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces / 283 grams) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- for rolling out the dough – additional almond flour or other grain-free flour
- In the bowl of a food processor fitted with an S-blade, process all the dough ingredients together. Pulse for about 15-30 seconds or until a ball forms.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, punch down, and freeze for an hour or until well-chilled (which will make rolling easier).
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
- Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper with almond flour (or other flour of choice), place 1/4 of the dough in the center, and place another piece of parchment paper on top. Leave the rest of the dough in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Roll the dough out to 1/16". If you roll it too thick, the crackers may not crisp up and if you roll it too thin, it'll be difficult to remove the crackers from the parchment paper.
- Use a ravioli cutter or desired cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I made mine as 1" squares. If you like things on the salty side, lightly salt the tops of the shapes.
- If you find the shapes to difficult to remove from the parchment paper, place it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Then they should pop right off.
- Remove the shapes to the prepared baking sheet, leaving just a little room (about 1/4") between the crackers, and bake for 14-17 minutes or until the edges have started to brown. They'll be soft once removed from the oven but should crisp up once cooled. If they're still not crisp after cooling, return to the oven and bake for another 4-7 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. If they lose their crispness, bake for 6 minutes at 350 °F (175 °C).