You will love these homemade Savory Cotswold Cheese Crackers that are easy to prepare and takes just six ingredients. These crackers are deliciously cheesy, crunchy, salty, and perfect for your cheese tray or snacking.
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We eat a lot of cheese at my house, right now there are eight different types of cheese in the fridge; I don't think that's too many, do you? Have you heard of Cotswold cheese? It's one of my favorite cheeses and it is in the fridge specifically for making these crackers.
And these crackers, I could eat the whole batch by myself, they are a bit addictive.
What is Cotswold Cheese?
Cotswold Cheese originated in England and is a semi-hard cow's milk cheese similar to cheddar cheese that has chives added to it. This delicious golden-yellow cheese has a hearty taste that is creamy and buttery with the extra savory flavor of chives.
Why we love this recipe
- What could be better than snacking on homemade crackers made with your favorite cheese? Yes, you can make this recipe using different cheeses.
- This is also a gluten-free recipe because these crackers are made with rice flour. Try these other rice flour recipes, Rose Petal Shortbread Cookies, and Chai Spice Shortbreads.
- You may think making crackers from scratch is a lot of work but I am here to tell you it is easy to do. Simply mix the dough, roll out the dough and cut the dough into rounds, and bake.
- You do not need store-bought crackers anymore.
- The recipe is quick and easy and makes about 35 to 50 crackers depending on how you cut them. Have fun with the shapes, today I'm making mine round, but making square or diamond shapes would be great too.
- The great thing about making your own crackers is you can customize them any way you want. You can mix cheeses together, add different spices, and bake them in any shape you like.
This recipe takes just 6-ingredients for an easy to prepare recipe
Step 1. Crumble the Cotswold cheese into small pieces for easier processing.
Step 2. Add all the ingredients except the water to the food processor bowl and with short pulses, pulse until the ingredients are coarsely combined.
I recommend using a 4-cup food processor, however, you can mix this in a large bowl with a handheld mixer, or a stand mixer. When mixing in a bowl, crumble the cheese into very small pieces so it mixes in easily.
Step 3. Start adding 1 tablespoon of water to the food processor and process in short bursts until the dough becomes soft and holds together.
Step 4. Turn the dough out onto plastic wrap. Wrap the dough and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Step 5. Once the dough is chilled turn it out onto a floured board and then roll the dough to ⅛" thickness. Using a 2" cutter, cut the dough into rounds.
Step 6. Place the dough rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Sprinkle with additional sea salt and bake at 400 degrees F. for 13-15 minutes, until the crackers are golden brown.
This recipe makes about 35 crackers, perfect to set out with appetizers, have as a snack and these crackers are perfect with a good creamy soup.
Check out the golden brown edges on these crackers...they are so good!
Thinner is better to ensure a crispy cracker
You can make any shape of crackers you like, squares, circles, diamonds, or hexagons. Just keep the shapes uniform so they all bake the same.
Make sure to bake the crackers thoroughly and cool them completely, then store them in an airtight container. If it is humid, bake the crackers per the recipe, then turn the oven off, open the door and let them cool in the oven.
More than likely the crackers were not rolled thin enough, or baked completely, or cooled completely.
Make sure the unbaked crackers are not touching each other on the baking sheets. This allows the edges to bake properly.
Yes, wrap the dough in plastic wrap, then wrap this in foil or place in an airtight freezer bag for up to three months.
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Savory Cotswold Cheese Crackers
- 1 cup rice flour
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
- ½ tsp. Sea salt, fined grained plus additional salt for sprinkling on top
- 5 ounces Cotswold Cheese
- ⅓ cup Ice water
- Crumble the Cotswold cheese into small pieces and add to the bowl of a food processor.
- Pull the leaves off the rosemary and chop, and chop the chives. Add both to the food processor bowl.
- Add the flour, salt, and butter to the bowl.
- With the food processor running, add the water 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture forms into a soft dough that holds together. You may not use all the water.
- Turn the dough out on a piece of plastic wrap, then wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400° F. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- On a floured surface, roll the dough to ⅛" thick, then cut into desired shapes. I used a 2" round cookie cutter.
- Transfer the cracker rounds on the baking sheet using a thin spatula, then sprinkle with additional sea salt. This just takes a small amount of salt.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the crackers are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheets.
- Once the crackers are cooled place in an airtight container for one week.
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This reminds me of crackers my grandmother made with Cheddar and poppy seeds. They were so good! I'm off to the store now to buy some rice flour!
Oh, that sounds good with the poppy seeds!
I am addicted to anything that contains cheese, in fact, I am one of those that would happily live in a barrel with cheese. But now, I will need these crackers there with me too. I will definitely make them this weekend for the BBQ party we are having. They look seriously good and the ghee addition - OMG heaven!
Living in a barrel with cheese would be awesome.
Julie @ Running in a Skirt
I'm a cheese lover too! It's an addiction really. 🙂 I love this version of cheese crackers. They look so fresh and delish.
I understand your addiction.
These cheese crackers have such great flavor and I love that the recipe uses only six ingredients!
I love homemade crackers, they taste so much better than anything store-bought. These crackers are delicious.
These cheese crackers look absolutely addictive! I bet I won't stop with just five and it's great that it takes just a few ingredients to make these!
I've eaten almost the whole batch myself.
Amy Liu Dong
Wow! This is absolutely a crowd favorite, from the looks of it. This is definitely will linger on the mind of whoever gonna eat it. Thanks for such an amazing recipe.
Geoffrey at Spoonabilities
I can't wait to make these. They look so good. I know that I tell a lot of recipe creators that I'm going to make their recipes, but this one I actually will !! Well, I'll print it and have my husband make it 🙂
Awesome. Enjoy the crackers, I am kind of obsessed with them.
I absolutely must make these cheese crackers! I LOVE cheese, and I love crackers, so what a great mashup! I would probably eat the entire batch though.
I am so excited to try these - especially as they're gluten free!! They look amazing - I am definitely trying these out during the week. Thanks for such a fab recipe!
I don't eat gluten-free but I love using rice flour in recipes.
This is wonderful cracker recipe. My daughter loves cheese crackers. Would you suggest any other cheese to make these crackers?
Lots of other cheese will work like cheddar cheese, swiss, gouda or maybe Havarti.
These crackers sound like a flavor party in my mouth. I can't wait to try them. Thank you for sharing.
Such an easy peasy doable recipe. I am bookmarking it to try.
Crackers are really so easy to make.