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Peppery Cheese Crackers


This great recipe for peppery cheese crackers is a fantastic appetizer for any dinner party.

  • Yield: Makes 60 crackers

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September Summer 2007


  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Mimolette cheese
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • All-purpose flour, for work surface


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.

  2. Place bread flour, polenta, salt, baking soda, paprika, pepper, and cheese in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With the machine running, add buttermilk. Continue processing until dough just forms a ball. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead for a few seconds. Wrap dough in plastic and let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  3. Cut dough into quarters. Using 1 piece at a time, roll out dough 1/16 inch thick on a lightly floured work surface. With a dry pastry brush, sweep off the excess flour. Keep remaining pieces covered with plastic wrap.

  4. Using a 1 3/4-inch fluted round cookie cutter or a small fluted pastry wheel, cut out crackers and place on prepared baking sheet at least 1/2 inch apart. Roll out a second piece of dough 1/16 inch thick and repeat cutting process; place on second prepared baking sheet. Transfer baking sheets to oven and bake until crackers are golden brown and crisp, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating once halfway through baking. Transfer crackers immediately to a wire cooling rack; let cool completely. Repeat process with remaining dough.

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  • varneyj44
    4 APR, 2010
    Perhaps you could try poking them with a fork before baking?
  • BeachHouseBaker
    1 JAN, 2010
    I tried these crackers twice over the Christmas holidays and they all puffed up and looked awful. Any tips?
  • Mirianthe
    23 JUL, 2009
    Can you use plain, old cornmeal instead of instant polenta?
  • tomahawkcook
    29 APR, 2009
    Your better off using edam cheese
  • Monique4261
    27 APR, 2009
    This works great with the Arnco Ravioli Roller
  • ferness
    26 APR, 2009
    I'd recommend a harder cheese than Cheddar to substitute, either freshly shredded Parmesan or Romano.
  • patcash
    26 APR, 2009
    Polenta is made with cornmeal.
  • gla
    26 APR, 2009
    What is Mimoette cheese and what instead of it
  • MS10048034
    26 APR, 2009
    Polenta is corn and so I am going to substitute instant grits and see what happens!
  • nikkynik
    26 APR, 2009
    I think you can subsitute any kind of cheese. I, myself will be using Chedder