Homemade Cheez Its

4.13 from 8 votes

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Do your kids love cheez its? So do mine! This is a really fun recipe to make at home with your toddler. It only has 5 ingredients and is super easy to make. I hope you enjoy!!

As a mom, finding snacks that are both nutritious and appealing to toddlers can sometimes feel like a challenge. That’s why I’m excited to share with you a simple and delicious recipe for Homemade Cheez Its that your little ones are sure to love!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cold water

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, blend together the shredded cheddar cheese, room temperature butter, and salt until well combined.
  2. Add the all-purpose flour to the mixture, pulsing until it becomes crumbly.
  3. Add the cold water until a smooth dough forms.
  4. Remove the dough from the food processor and shape it into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Once chilled, roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick.
  7. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into small squares. For added authenticity, poke a hole in the center of each square using a chopstick or toothpick.
  8. Place the squares onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown.
  9. Allow the Homemade Cheez Its to cool before serving. Enjoy!

Why Homemade Cheez Its are Great for Toddlers and Families:

  • Control over Ingredients: By making these snacks at home, you have full control over the quality of ingredients, ensuring a healthier option for your family.
  • Nutritious and Delicious: Despite their cheesy flavor, these Homemade Cheez Its are made with real cheddar cheese and contain no artificial additives or preservatives.
  • Fun to Make: Get your little ones involved in the kitchen by letting them help with the mixing, rolling, and cutting of the dough. It’s a great way to teach them about cooking and foster their love for homemade food.
  • Versatile Snack: These Homemade Cheez Its are perfect for packing in lunchboxes, serving as an after-school snack, or enjoying on-the-go during family outings.

Storage Instructions:

Store any leftover Homemade Cheez Its in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. If they last that long without being devoured by your little snackers!

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4.13 from 8 votes

Homemade Cheez Its

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cold water

Instructions 

  • In a food processor, blend together the shredded cheddar cheese, room temperature butter, and salt until well combined.
  • Add the all-purpose flour to the mixture, pulsing until it becomes crumbly.
  • Add the cold water until a smooth dough forms.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and shape it into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Once chilled, roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into small squares. For added authenticity, poke a hole in the center of each square using a chopstick or toothpick. Place the squares onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown.
  • Allow the Homemade Cheez Its to cool before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just made a batch and they turned out just great. They are delicious and my son can’t get enough of them.
    Do you think I could freeze the dough?
    Thanks for the fantastic recipe

  2. 5 stars
    These were so so good, I was shocked!
    I had little hope that they would taste like the real thing, but they tasted even better.
    Three notes:
    -Use a good quality cheddar for extra flavor
    -I’m not sure if it’s because I used a ninja blender vs a food processor, but 2 tbsp of water was not enough to make a workable dough. I hand mixed in an additional tablespoon.
    -Rolling out a slightly thicker dough yields a light puff pasty texture in the middles, which is delicious!