Homemade Crackers (With A Gluten Free Option!)

Homemade Crackers Recipe

I don’t know about you, but we always have crackers on hand. They make a wonderful snack and when it comes to creating an easy appetizer spread for a party, nothing beats a good cracker and cheese platter.

You may have thought about making your own crackers before, but decided they wouldn’t be worth the effort. Well, I’m here to tell you that they are actually quite easy to make.

In 30 minutes, you can have tasty, homemade crackers that are full of wholesome ingredients, good fats, and are perfect for munching or serving with cheese.

Making Homemade Crackers

The Whole Wheat Homemade Cracker recipe below makes a super easy-to-work-with dough and only takes 4 ingredients: whole wheat flour, salt, fat, and water.

You can choose your favorite fat, or experiment with different fats for flavor. We love the flavor of butter for a plain cracker and olive oil adds great flavor to rosemary crackers!

Roll That Dough!

The key to making homemade crackers is to roll your dough REALLY thin. This is the part that will take the most time.

If it helps, you can divide your dough in half and work with smaller sections, but you are ultimately looking to roll your dough to 1/16 – ⅛ of an inch thick.

The thinner your dough is rolled, the more crisp your crackers will be!

Cooling in the Oven

One technique that works really well to get super crispy wheat crackers is to let them cool in the (turned off) oven for 1 hour after baking. This continues to dry the crackers without over-baking them.

Note: Be careful though, you don’t want to use this technique with my Gluten Free Cracker Recipe below. The gluten free crackers brown up much more quickly than the wheat crackers, so take those babies out of the oven when they start to turn golden around the edges!

Gluten Free Homemade Crackers

I love using almond flour in crackers to create a wheat-free cracker. The Homemade Gluten Free Cracker recipe below creates a cracker that is a bit more crumbly than crisp, but they still hold up well and have an addictive nutty flavor.

Speaking of that nutty flavor, keep that in mind when deciding what herbs to mix into your almond flour crackers. Our recipe calls for sesame seeds to be mixed into the crackers, creating a tasty sesame cracker. If you’d prefer to leave the sesame seeds out, go for it! You will be left with a nice nutty cracker that is a perfect base for different herbs and seasonings.

Like the wheat cracker recipe, you can choose your fat to make these gluten free crackers. Use your favorite, or change up the fat based on the flavor profile you are looking for.

Seasoning Homemade Crackers

What I love about these two recipes below is that they are so versatile. Each recipe starts with the basic cracker, to which you can add your favorite herbs, spices, or small seeds.

Here are some of our favorite combos:

  • Rosemary olive oil
  • Garlic and butter
  • Salt and cracked pepper
  • Onion and garlic
  • Rosemary sage
  • Sesame and flax

Homemade Cracker Recipe: Whole Wheat

Crisp and wheaty, with many variations.

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 17 min | Yield: 60, 1½-inch crackers

Ingredients

Optional Add Ins

  • 2 Tablespoons herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley)
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic or onion powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons sesame or flax seeds (for inside or for topping)
  • ¾ teaspoon cracked pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together wheat flour and salt.
  3. Add your liquid fat and mix until the mixture is evenly crumbly.
  4. Add the water and mix until a soft and pliable dough forms. (If you need to add a bit more water for a nice dough to form, only add ½ teaspoon at a time.)
  5. Knead the dough a few times, until it is nice and smooth.
  6. Roll the dough out on a parchment-lined baking sheet to a thickness of ⅛ – 1/16 of an inch. (It should be a rectangle about 14×10 inches.)
  7. Cut the dough into squares (or other shapes, if you like) using a pizza cutter.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  9. Turn off the oven, and let the crackers cool in the oven for 1 hour.
  10. Remove the crackers from the oven and let them finish cooling on a wire rack.
  11. Store crackers in an air-tight container on the counter for 1-2 weeks.

Gluten Free Almond Sesame Cracker Recipe

Nutty and crumbly gluten free crackers with a wonderful sesame flavor.

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 15 min | Yield: 60, 1½-inch crackers

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups almond flour (find it here)
  • ½ cup sesame seeds (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon fat (melted butter, olive oil, etc)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Optional Add Ins

  • 2 Tablespoons herbs , like rosemary, thyme, parsley – (find organic dried herbs here)
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic or onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cracked pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, sesame seeds, and salt.
  3. Add your liquid fat and beaten egg. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Knead the dough by hand to work it into a soft ball.
  4. Roll the dough out on a parchment-lined baking sheet to a thickness of ⅛ – 1/16 of an inch. (It should be a rectangle about 14×10 inches.)
  5. Cut the dough into squares (or other shapes, if you like) using a pizza cutter.
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until lightly golden.
  7. Remove the crackers from the oven and let cool on the pan.
  8. Store crackers in an air-tight container on the counter for 1-2 weeks.

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