Homemade Cheese Crackers (grain-free, gluten-free)

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.

Gluten-free and Grain-free Cheese Crackers – just as addictive and the more traditional kind!

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!

Gluten-free and Grain-free Cheese Crackers – just as yummy as the traditional kind!

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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Homemade Cheese Crackers (grain-free, gluten-free)
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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, punch down, and freeze for an hour or until well-chilled (which will make rolling easier).
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. If they lose their crispness, bake for 6 minutes at 350 °F (175 °C).

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  • Patricia
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    June 7, 2017 @ 1:36 am

    These crackers are AMAZING! I added salt the first batch but decided the cheese had enough saltiness to skip the extra salt for the rest. My husband and kids LOVED them! This recipe is a keeper. It’s easy and quick. I was hoping to see if they store well but they don’t last long enough in my house to even try!

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    • Erin replies to Patricia
      June 11, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

      Sorry I just now saw your comment! I’m happy you and your family enjoyed the crackers. I know the problem of them not lasting long enough all too well. ;) Thanks for your comment!

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      • Patricia replies to Erin
        June 12, 2017 @ 11:07 pm

        I forgot to mention that I didn’t have coconut flour so I just added 2tsp of almond flour instead. I also added 1/4tsp of garlic powder.

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  • Whitney says
    May 16, 2017 @ 1:15 am

    Quick question! What is the nutritional value of these crackers?

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    • Erin replies to Whitney
      May 16, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

      I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :)

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  • Maryann
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    April 14, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

    Best gluten free crackers I have ever eaten and what do you know? I made them myself!
    Best recipe find ever.

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    • Erin replies to Maryann
      April 15, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

      Aww, thanks! I was so happy to read that. Thanks a bunch for your feedback! :)

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  • Carolyn Richardson says
    February 20, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

    These ae fabulous crackers! I skipped the chilling and just rolled 1/2 tsp balls which I flattened with a wax paper strip and cup

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    • Erin replies to Carolyn Richardson
      February 20, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

      Sounds easier than rolling them out! Thanks for the tip. :) I’m so happy you liked them! Thanks a bunch for your comment.

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  • Anne-Marie Keightley says
    January 29, 2017 @ 2:47 am

    If you have a dehydrator then use it on these after baking. They will never go soft! IF they have gone soft, just pop them in the dehydrator for an hour or so. Works a treat

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    • Erin replies to Anne-Marie Keightley
      January 29, 2017 @ 9:37 pm

      What a great idea! Thanks for the tip. I hope you enjoyed the crackers! :)

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  • Tiffany says
    January 12, 2017 @ 11:54 pm

    I do not mince words when it comes to reviews, these ingredients are expensive and the recipes can be time consuming. I made a batch of these and let me tell you, you nailed it! They are absolutely fabulous. The one and only tip I would add is to sprinkle just a little bit of kosher salt on the cutouts and it tastes just like a cheezit! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Erin replies to Tiffany
      January 13, 2017 @ 7:34 pm

      Aww, thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. :) And I’m with you on the extra salt on top! So delicious. Thanks again for your comment!

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  • Carrie
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    January 3, 2017 @ 2:28 am

    Have made these so many times in the last year! Went grain free in January 2016 and these are delicious!!! Really helps me on those days when I need something crunchy (I use them as croutons, in soups, etc)….thanks so much for the delicious recipe!

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    • Erin replies to Carrie
      January 3, 2017 @ 9:36 pm

      What a great use for them! Much better than just inhaling them as they come out of the oven. :D Thanks a bunch for your comment! I’m so happy that you’ve been enjoying them.

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  • Ann says
    September 29, 2016 @ 4:20 am

    Any chance I could make these egg free? My son has an egg allergy
    Thank you.

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    • Erin replies to Ann
      September 29, 2016 @ 10:08 pm

      You could try using a flax or chia egg but I haven’t tried it myself. I’d love to hear how it goes if you try it out!

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  • Amy says
    September 28, 2016 @ 12:04 am

    This may seem like a dumb question, but what does the coconut flour do? There is so little of it that I wasn’t sure of its purpose.

    Thanks!
    Amy

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    • Erin replies to Amy
      September 28, 2016 @ 10:09 am

      It’s not a dumb question. :) It sucks up moisture! It’s a tiny amount but it’s necessary to make the crackers crisp.

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  • Michael says
    August 26, 2016 @ 6:31 am

    I’ve tried a number of cracker recipes without good results, these, though, were fantastic. The family devoured them.

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    • Erin replies to Michael
      August 26, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

      Yay! I’m thrilled to hear that these came out well for you. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

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  • Hilary Phillips says
    August 3, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

    Found your recipe on Pinterest and have been following a low carb diet for over 6 months. These crackers totally helped kill that cracker craving without killing my diet.

    Thank you!

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    • Erin replies to Hilary Phillips
      August 3, 2016 @ 10:06 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that! I’m happy they killed that cracker craving for you. Thanks for your feedback!

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  • Heidi says
    June 23, 2016 @ 2:18 am

    Mine did not come out flat. They puffed up. They still taste good but don’t look as pretty as yours do. Is there a trick?

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    • Erin replies to Heidi
      June 23, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

      Did you make any subs or changes to the recipe at all? And did you roll the dough out to 1/16″ thick? If so, I’m not sure what the problem could have been. Were they still crisp? I’m happy they were tasty! Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you.

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  • Kay says
    May 29, 2016 @ 11:27 pm

    These crackers are REALLY good! I made them today for the first time, and I can see there will be none left till Tuesday’s dinner, when I need them for guests. Thanks for coming up with this recipe!

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    • Erin replies to Kay
      May 30, 2016 @ 9:43 pm

      Haha. I always have that problem, too! I just can’t not eat them all right when I make them. They’re too addictive. ;) Thanks for your comment! I hope your guests will enjoy them if you give them another try.

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  • Paula says
    August 1, 2015 @ 4:59 am

    There’s how to switch the almond flour to another flour? I have a peanut allergy, and sometimes, bad surprises regarding nut flours… :-(
    Thanks!

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  • Rosemary says
    July 4, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

    Do you use the prepackaged shredded cheddar or do you shred your own off a block? I know there are ingredients added to the prepackaged shredded cheddar to keep the pieces from sticking together – any recommendation?

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    • Erin replies to Rosemary
      July 4, 2015 @ 4:07 pm

      I shred my own because I don’t like the stuff they add to the pre-shredded stuff. It’s all blended together in the food processor so there shouldn’t be any issue with sticking! I hope you’ll enjoy the crackers. :)

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  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
    February 11, 2015 @ 4:28 am

    Cheez-its! Such fond childhood memories. So happy to know that I can make them grain free now. Yum! I’d eat half the pan too, Erin. ;) Thanks for sharing, my friend. Will definitely be making and pinning these babies!

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  • Mandie @ Mandie's Kitchen says
    February 10, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

    I bet these taste wonderful! Ten thumbs up for healthier Cheeze-Itz type crackers! (yeah, I know you can’t really give ten thumbs up…but I would if I could =)

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  • Regina says
    February 9, 2015 @ 9:08 pm

    Mmm….what a great but dangerous idea!
    I know gold fish crackers are all the rave for kid’s these days. Maybe one day I’ll have to make these crackers for my little girl to offer her a non-processed alternative ;)

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    • Erin replies to Regina
      February 11, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

      Have you ever had them? I know you grew up in Germany so maybe you’ve been saved from the addiction that is cheese crackers. ;)

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  • Cookin Canuck says
    February 9, 2015 @ 5:03 pm

    I can tell you right now that there is no way that I’d be able to stop myself from eating the whole pan. “Addictive” should be somewhere in the title of this recipe! :)

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    • Erin replies to Cookin Canuck
      February 11, 2015 @ 12:19 pm

      That’s definitely an almost certainty with these crackers. ;)

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  • Nutmeg Nanny says
    February 9, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

    I get cravings for Cheez-its and when that happens it’s dangerous. I could easily eat the family size through the course of a day. They are just so easy to eat and that crunch….total deliciousness. However, now that I have the option to make a healthier and better ingredient cracker I think I’m going to be all over that! I love that this uses almond flour because I have a big bag of it just waiting to be used!

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    • Erin replies to Nutmeg Nanny
      February 11, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

      Same here. It’s awful. What’s even worse is that I love making peanut butter sandwiches out of them.

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  • Kim Beaulieu says
    February 9, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    My hubby and son love cheese crackers. These look so perfect. I love the heart shaped ones. How cute would they be for school lunches on Valentine’s day. I actually dig that there is so much cheese in these. You should see how cheese I put on pizza. It should be illegal. lol

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    • Erin replies to Kim Beaulieu
      February 11, 2015 @ 1:25 pm

      YES! These would make the best packed-lunch snack ever! :)

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  • valmg @ From Val's Kitchen says
    February 9, 2015 @ 5:50 am

    These look amazing! Do you know if there’s a substitute for the almond flour?

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  • Rose | The Clean Dish says
    February 9, 2015 @ 2:47 am

    I also loved Goldfish when I was a kid! Still do but I try to stick with healthier snacks ;) Your recipe looks fantastic! I cannot believe these cracker are grain free. You’re the best, Erin!!

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    • Erin replies to Rose | The Clean Dish
      February 11, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

      Where did you find Goldfish in Germany?! Did you have a connection to an American army family? :)

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  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
    February 8, 2015 @ 3:42 am

    My husband loves Goldfish, he’s actually eating some right now haha. I made whole wheat cheese crackers ones time and they were good but not like his beloved Cheesy Goldfish! I’m guessing that I’m going to be making these soon and probably will end up hiding in the corner eating a whole pan by myself too. haha

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    • Erin replies to Angie | Big Bear’s Wife
      February 11, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

      Haha. I don’t even tell my husband when I make them. I just do so quietly and let him discover the disaster himself. ;)

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  • Paula - bell'alimento says
    February 8, 2015 @ 1:26 am

    Wow a gluten free cheeze it! I’m so going to make these for my family soon.

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  • Heather // girlichef says
    February 7, 2015 @ 9:34 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of storebought cheese crackers, but I love homemade ones. My kids love them all, though. I’ve found that storing completely cool crackers in a paper bag keeps them crisper longer (even though I don’t think they’d last more than a day in my house). These look great!

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  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
    February 6, 2015 @ 7:46 pm

    I absolutely love these crackers! Can’t wait to make them!

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  • Beate says
    February 6, 2015 @ 6:28 pm

    Your take on cheese crackers sound so much better than the store bought ones. They look absolutely amazing and I really wish to be able to just reach through the screen and get my hands on a handful of them.

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    • Erin replies to Beate
      February 11, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

      Thank you! I just wish there were a way to make them DF without using weird cheese. ;)

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  • The Food Hunter says
    February 6, 2015 @ 5:48 pm

    they sound delicious

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  • Megan says
    February 6, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

    Yum, an easy and gluten-free Cheez-it – I can’t wait to make these at home and veganize them!

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    • Erin replies to Megan
      February 11, 2015 @ 1:30 pm

      I’d love to see how you veganize them!

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  • Carla says
    February 6, 2015 @ 9:14 am

    Erin,

    I don’t know whether to hug you or curse you! ; p I still miss Cheetos occasionally. I finally got Miyoko Schinner’s Vegan Cheese cookbook for Christmas so once I make a batch of cheddar, this is the first thing I will make with it.

    Do you buy coconut flour here in Germany or do you order it?

    Carla

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    • Erin replies to Carla
      February 11, 2015 @ 1:31 pm

      Oh, no. Sorry for the slow reply! You can make vegan cheddar?! Does it really taste like cheddar? Sounds good to me. :) And I get my coconut flour from Alnatura but every Bio store has it. They also sell it on Amazon!

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