Homemade Cheez-Its: Only 6 Ingredients {healthier version}


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During our recent 24-day healthy eating challenge,I was surprised to discover that my biggest craving was Cheez-Its.  I knew however, with our new determination to eat healthier we were not going back to snacking on processed foods after we completed our 24 days.  I was determined to figure out a way to make Homemade Cheez-Its healthier than the original version.   I replaced white flour with whole wheat flour and regular cheese with reduced fat cheese. I thought they would be much harder to make, without the seasoning there are only 4 ingredients!  Although you can use a mixer, a food processor makes this recipe even more simple, easy peasy.  You can vary the final taste by experimenting with different spices.  Next time I’m going to see if I can duplicate the taste of the Chili Con Queso Cheez-Its that were discontinued several years ago.  I will warn you ahead of time that these are very addicting!  Both my husband and my kids loved them.

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Homemade Cheez-Its: Only 6 Ingredients {healthier version}

Ingredients

  • 8 oz block of reduced fat extra sharp cheese (or your favorite flavor)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2-4 tablespoons ice water
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. If you have a food processor, first chop cheese into cubes, then add, flour,butter, and salt to food processor until combined. Will look like coarse crumbs.
  3. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a mixer. I would suggest grating your cheese first.
  4. Slowly add ice water one tablespoon at a time until dough comes together to form a ball (I used 4 tablespoons).
  5. Wrap ball of dough in plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate for 30 min.
  6. Roll on a floured surfaced until very thin, approx 1/8 inch then cut into squares. I used a pizza cutter to cut my dough, but you could also use a pastry wheel to make fluted edges or a square cookie cutter.
  7. Poke a hole in the center of each to keep from puffing up to much. You could use a skewer or toothpick.
  8. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and paprika (if desired) bake on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned.

Notes

Variation - Use a cookie press with the star attachment to make cheese straws. Reduce baking time to 10 minutes. I made one batch like this, but my cookie press is very difficult to use.

You could also use various cookie cutters to make "themed crackers."

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