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Cheddar Bits

  • Yield: Makes 4 cups

Photography: Bryan Gardner


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups grated aged cheddar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pulse butter, cheddar, flour, salt, cayenne pepper, and paprika in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add heavy cream; pulse until just combined.

  2. Divide dough into 4 pieces; shape into rectangles. Wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

  3. Working in batches, roll out each rectangle on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4-inch thickness, and cut into 1-inch squares. Transfer to a baking sheet leaving at least 1/4 inch between each. Refrigerate until chilled and firm, about 20 minutes. Bake until pale golden, 15 to 17 minutes.

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  • Feed Me So Cal
    10 JUN, 2015
    Really like these! OK, so it's merely a cheese cracker. But it's a "gourmet" cheese cracker. (Can cheese crackers be "gourmet"?) Anyway, the only suggestion I have is regardless of time baking in oven, make sure there is some browning on the surface of the crackers, otherwise, that will be lacking in that cracker crunch texture.
  • cafeaulait
    20 JAN, 2015
    Additionally, Pecans are lovely in this recipe. Small bits of course!
  • MS12129449
    28 JUN, 2014
    Delicious! Taste a lot like Cheeze Its, but better. Everyone loved them. Will make again for sure.