Homemade Crackers

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on March 29, 2010

A few weeks ago I stumbled on this wonderful recipe for homemade crackers by Kitchen Stewardship. I couldn’t believe how easy they were, so I decided to test the out, with a few variations. I’m always looking for more ways to add wheat germ and flax seed into our daily diets, and this was the perfect opportunity. These crackers were so tasty that the first two batches disappeared in like 3 days. I’m not kidding. These crackers are so good that I swore I would never buy another box of store-bought crackers again.

Of course I did, because I was lazy one week. I quickly realized that they were not nearly as good as my homemade crackers. Not only that, but the store-bought crackers are full of preservatives, corn oil and other unhealthy things that you wouldn’t expect to find in a “healthy” cracker. I’m trying my hardest to reduce this kind of thing from our diets, so I’m back to proclaiming that I will never buy another box of store-bought crackers again.

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Homemade Crackers (kind of like Wheat Thins)

Thanks to Kitchen Stewardship for the original recipe and inspring me to try my own version.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
3 tablespoons flax seeds
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the whole wheat flour, wheat germ, flax seeds and paprika. Add the oil, water, honey and vanilla, mix until smooth. I normally use my hands, it’s faster, and kind of fun.

Preheat the oven to 400º. Pop in your baking stone to warm with the oven. If using a baking sheet, lightly grease (no need to preheat the baking sheet). Divide the dough into 8 balls. Take one ball and roll it out on the stone. Get it as thin as possible, the thinner you roll it the crunchier your crackers will be. I use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares about 15 inches wide. Well, actually they usually end up more like rectangles, but the shape isn’t really that important. If you want, you can add the oddly shaped edges to one of the remaining dough balls. Or just bake them, and snack on them as you are cooking. Someone needs to test the afterall. Sprinkle the dough lightly with kosher salt.

Pop the crackers into the over for 5-10 minutes. 8 minutes is just about perfect for me. You will know they are done when the edges are very lightly browned. The edges cook faster than the middle, so you may need to remove these and let the rest bake for a few more minutes. Keep a close eye on them, they can burn quickly.

Once cool, store the crackers in an air tight container.

One of the things I love about Kitchen Stewardship original recipe is that it’s so easy to vary it. I’ve made cinnamon sugar crackers and I’m thinking of trying some garlic and olive oil crackers. The possibilities are, seriously, never ending.

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1 Kasey@All Things Mamma March 29, 2010 at 7:14 am

WOW! Those look yummy! I’ve never even thought to make homemade crackers. Gonna have to try this one for sure!
.-= Kasey@All Things Mamma´s last blog ..It’s Time =-.

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2 Allison March 29, 2010 at 10:51 am

@Kasey@All Things Mamma, Let me know how they turn out.

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3 LIberty March 29, 2010 at 9:17 am

YUM! Popped over from Rachel’s site… I am gonna try these with some gluten free flour! Will try to let you know how they turn out!
.-= LIberty´s last blog ..Pizza for Breakfast! =-.

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4 Allison March 29, 2010 at 10:52 am

@LIberty, That sounds tasty. Let me know how they go.

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5 Aubree Cherie March 29, 2010 at 11:37 am

These look yummy! I do a similar cracker but with a wheat substitute. (Yours look a lot prettier though :) )

The addition of paprika is intriguing, I might have to try that out!

~Aubree Cherie
.-= Aubree Cherie´s last blog ..Vegan German Chocolate Ice Cream =-.

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6 Nancy March 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

The home-made crackers look like fun!

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7 Muthering Heights March 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Yum!! These sound great!
.-= Muthering Heights´s last blog ..Mimi’s Babies Winner! =-.

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8 Kayla June 30, 2010 at 9:27 am

These crackers are SO good! They have the exact taste of wheat thins. The only thing is that they aren’t as crispy, but maybe after they sit a while they’ll get crispier! :) Thanks!

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9 Christy December 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Oh, these sound so good! I am adding them to my baking list for the next 2 weeks!

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10 Allison December 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm

They are good, I hope you like them.

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