Homemade Crackers Recipe

Homemade crackers recipe. These are so, so good! And they cost just 50 cents for a huge batch! Repin to save.

Have you ever started out making one thing and it turned out to be something else entirely? I recently did this, and my unintentional result was homemade crackers.

Awhile back, I bought the cookbook Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas by Craig Priebe (check it out if you love creative pizza ideas!) There, I discovered the world of piadinas, a thin Italian flatbread, almost like a tortilla.

When I made piadinas for the first time, I had some leftover dough, and decided to roll it out real thin and bake it to see what would happen.

The result? A super-thin, crisp, and flavorful cracker that is – in my opinion – much more interesting and certainly less expensive than most packaged crackers.

Customizing Your Crackers

I added sea salt and poppy seeds to my crackers. However, you can play around with different add-ins and toppings. Try sesame seeds, rosemary, sea salt, and dry spices. You can also experiment with the shape of the cracker, if long and rectangular isn’t your thing.

Homemade crackers: They cost just 50 cents for a huge batch! Repin to save.

The Cost

These crackers are ridiculously cheap.

A huge batch costs less than 50 cents. Compare that to an average box of crackers in the grocery store, which almost always costs more than $3.00.

I can’t think of another recipe that gives you more bang for your buck. Please give these a try next time you are looking for an ultra cheap appetizer recipe. Serve with homemade ricotta or your choice of cracker dip.

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Homemade Crackers Recipe

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 8 min

Make sure you roll the dough thin enough, otherwise you'll end up with more of a flatbread than a cracker. These crackers do not rise when baking, so your cracker will be as thin as you roll it out to be. Before baking, generously brush dough with olive oil.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more for brushing over the dough)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Add-ins (sesame seeds, poppy seeds, rosemary, spices, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Place flour in a mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Pour in salt, olive oil, water, lemon juice, and desired add-ins. Mix well. Dough should come together and make a ball. Add a little more flour if dough is still sticky.
  2. On a clean floured surface, knead dough for approximately eight minutes, until smooth. Cover the ball of dough with a little olive oil and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. After dough has rested, break off a small section (about 1/4 of dough) and proceed to roll out into the thickness of a cracker. Coat dough with a little flour and work on a floured surface to avoid sticking. Once rolled out, cut into desired shape (mine were about two inches wide by 10 inches long). Place on cookie sheet and brush each cracker generously with olive oil. Sprinkle with fine grain salt and additional toppings, if desired. You will need to press the toppings into the dough a bit to prevent them from falling off the cracker.
  4. Bake at 375F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

8 Responses to “Homemade Crackers Recipe”

  1. 1

    Romanda — October 31, 2011 @ 3:26 am

    WOW, these look great! I can’t wait to try when I have guests over 🙂

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    Romanda — January 16, 2015 @ 3:32 am

    How did you get them so thin? I tried and tried but the dough wouldn’t roll that thin.

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    Lexi Taylor — February 7, 2016 @ 2:56 pm

    Just wondering if you have to let the dough rest for 30 minutes after kneading. 

    • Haley replied: — February 10th, 2016 @ 10:27 pm

      I haven’t tried it without the resting period – but i imagine they would still turn out!

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    Dawna — September 23, 2016 @ 10:31 pm

    I made these and was very happy! I had a can of sardines and had run out of store bought crackers to go with them and figured this was finally the time to try making homemade. The ones I bought from Costco were “artisan” (read expensive, stale-tasting and tough). I doubled the recipe, using 1/4 teaspoon citric acid (because I had just bought some recently and wanted to play with it, plus I thought it might be more neutral than the lemon flavor, though I love lemon so maybe next time – and I loved the complexity it added) and went with rosemary, fresh black pepper in the dough and coarse sea salt on top. I tried baking for different times, ten minutes working best for a full sheet of crackers and about eight minutes for just the last few stragglers. I didn’t let the dough rest, just the Zen approach to rolling (extra patience, thinking of other things for distraction) and they turned out nice and thin. Much fresher than store bought and they had a nice texture. My hubby came home for lunch mid-baking project and couldn’t stop eating them. Thank you! 

    • Haley replied: — September 28th, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

      Awesome, Dawna. So glad they turned out for you! When I make them for parties, they’re always a hit.
      I am very intrigued by your addition of citric acid. I’m definitely going to try that next time! Thanks for your commment 🙂

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    Keeks — December 31, 2016 @ 10:46 pm

    I have now made this recipe about four times. Just about to make a huge batch now! I use unfiltered olive oil for an extra bit of flavor, and season with garlic salt and cayenne pepper. They’re spicy and go great with my homemade hummus. Thanks for the awesome recipe! This is my new staple cracker.

    • Haley replied: — January 2nd, 2017 @ 2:16 am

      So glad to hear this! Thanks for your comment and send me a photo of your crackers if you remember 🙂

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