This post was all prepared and then something happened -- 4 of the most wonderful little children came to spend the night at my house -- ages 3 months to 5 years! Oh, did we have fun. So I'm changing the post a little and adding some photos. Sorry for being a tad late posting!
Have you ever made cheese crackers, pennies or straws? They really are very simple and so yummy. Perfect to serve on the side of a soup supper OR as the favorite snack of kids far and wide.
Using my birthday gift!
Cheddary Cheese Crackers
Makes about 70 1-inch square crackers
1-1/2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces
3/4 c flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional - I don't use if I am making for kids)
1 Tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Put everything except the milk in a food processor. Pulse the processor, 5 seconds at a time, for about 5 or 6 times, until the dough is in coarse crumbs. Add the milk and process until the dough gathers together in a ball. Roll the dough out on a floured board with a rolling pin that has been floured until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into 1-inch squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
You can put a bit of flour on the blade of the knife to keep it from sticking. Use the flat end of a wooden skewer to poke a hole in the center of each cracker. Place the crackers at least 1/4 inch apart on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the edges are just starting to brown. Put the baking sheet on a rack and let the crackers cool completely. Eat! Or store in a covered container to eat within a day or two.
(I recently found this sweet vintage apple butter jar - and her little brother, a relish jar at an estate sale for 10 cents each - isn't it so cute)
The Cody seal of approval!
He also REALLY liked the Hot Chocolate (with marshmallows) from the Keurig -- his sippy cup kept showing up waiting for more!