We’re interrupting our usual schedule of kids’ activities, parenting inspiration, and family-friendly food to bring you 31 days of Kids Kitchen Recipes and Activities.
Homemade cheese crackers are a revelation. If you’ve never made homemade crackers before, you’re probably picturing a labour-intensive process that produces a snack resembling crackers, but misses the mark in some way.
These homemade cheese crackers are so easy that the kids can make them, and I’d even go so far as to say they taste better than store-bought!
Add different types of spreads, such as sun-dried tomatoes or pesto, or even cream cheese. You can add chopped up bits of vegetables or fruits, but keep in mind that those additions will make the crackers less shelf-stable. (And homemade crackers, like regular crackers, will get soft if stored in the refrigerator.)
Start by having your child grate cheese — either using a child-sized grater or after showing them how to safely use your adult-sized version.
Next, have the kids spread Dijon mustard or another nice mustard (seeded, flavoured, etc) on a rolled out sheet of puff pastry. Be sure to leave about an inch around the edges bare so that the mustard doesn’t get everywhere when you roll the crackers later.
I like to buy a good quality, premade all-butter puff pastry with no nasty additives. (If premade puff pastry is good enough for Jamie Oliver, it’s good enough for me!) I buy mine in the frozen aisle, but you can also contact a local bakery directly and see if they sell their puff pastry.
Sprinkle the grated cheese all over the mustard-covered area of the puff pastry.
(Another great fine motor activity!)
Roll two sides of the puff pastry into the center of the puff pastry sheet, meeting in the middle and then rolling the whole “log” of cracker dough to make it smooth.
The French call this an “elephant ear” because of the shape of the two circles joining.
Slice the crackers into 1/4″ thickness. You can have the children help with this stage if you “pre-mark” where they should slice with a child-safe knife, but I like to use a sharp knife to do this so that the crackers can keep that awesome “elephant ears” shape.
Position the crackers on a lined baking sheet, and if so desired, add a sprinkle of spices or salt.
Bake at 350F for 8-12 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and the puff pastry dough is slightly golden and has visible pockets of air.
What kind of homemade crackers would you make with your kids?
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