Making Homemade Cheez-Its

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Do you enjoy eating Cheez-Its as a snack or tossing into a zesty tomato soup or crushing them onto your favorite casserole? No matter what your style happens to be, we’ve got a recipe for making homemade Cheez-Its which is easy and just as tasty as you remember.

The best part of this recipe is it only includes three simple ingredients!

Not you’ll never have to run the corner minimart if you run out on those Netflix binge days…

What you’ll need to start

  • Large glass mixing bowl
  • Food processor
  • Cheesegrater
  • Mixing spoon
  • Standard 12-inch ruler
  • Serrated pasta roller
  • Silicone dough matt
  • Standard rolling pin
  • Silicone-coated parchment paper
  • Large cookie sheet
  • Home oven
  • Oven mitt

The ingredients

  • 1 cup flour (white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour)
  • 1¼ cup of cheddar cheese (sharp cheddar)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2-3 tablespoon water


  • One-half teaspoon salt
  • One-eighth teaspoon onion powder/garlic powder/or spices

The method

cheddar cheese and butter in bowl

The first thing you want to do is shred your cheddar cheese in a standard cheese grater. These are also known as knuckle-busters so you need to be careful while grating your cheese. After this, you add the cheese into the food processor along with your butter and spices and pulse it until it’s blended. The next step is adding your flour so it can be pulsed further until it looks like breadcrumbs.

adding water to Cheez-Its dough in bowl

Now the next step is critical since this is where you add water to the mix. You can add more or less water to get dough-like results. If your result isn’t creamy enough after two tablespoons, add one more so it’s workable as your dough. After this, you can take the dough out from the food processor and roll it out. Put your dough onto a silicone mat and roll it out so the dough is no more than one-quarter of an inch thick.

cutting Cheez-Its dough with roller

Take the 12-inch ruler and line up one edge along the side on the left. Take your serrated pasta roller and cut off the excess dough and store this in your large bowl. You can use excess strips to make more Cheez-Its with that left-over scrap. On the opposite side of the ruler, you can run the cutting blade up the length of the dough. You continue this all the way across the length of your thin dough slab.

poking Cheez-Its squares with straw

You’ll need to make horizontal cut strips to make perfectly sized one-inch strips that make up each Cheez-It. Once you’re done with all of your individual squares, poke a single home in the middle of each square using a small coffee straw. This will make your copy-cat Cheez-Its looking more genuine. Then transfer all of the dough squares onto your parchment paper inside a cookie sheet.

Cooked Cheez-Its squares in oven tray

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and when your oven is reached its target temperature, you can put your cookie sheet inside.

Cook these little Cheez-It crackers for 15-17 minutes but be careful to not let them burn. Often 15 minutes is long enough to nice and crispy.

Remove from the oven with an oven mitt and let them cool before you eat them. You’ll love how they turn out and how they look just like Cheez-Its too! See more of our great recipes and ideas.