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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
Peppery Cheese 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.

Reviews (13)

  • 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

  • OctoberFran 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

  • maryloumurphy 26 Apr, 2009

    What is Mimoletta cheese? Can you substitute cheddar or something similar?

  • maryloumurphy 26 Apr, 2009

    What is Mimoletta cheese? Can you substitute cheddar?

  • MacClain 26 Apr, 2009

    What is instant polenta and where do you buy it?

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