Food & Recipes

Going Crackers!

by Elaine Magee

Going Crackers!

Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 to 10 minutes
Serves: 21 crackers

Thick cookie sheet
Plastic cutting board
Measuring spoons
Cheese grater
Measuring cups
Medium mixing bowl
Pastry blender
Small bowl
Egg separator
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters
Wire rack

Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup all-purpose
flour, plus 3 Tbs for dusting cutting
1/3 cup finely grated reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, firmly packed
2 Tbs butter, chilled
2 Tbs fat-free cream cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
3 Tbs ice water
Kosher salt, optional1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat the cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Dust the cutting board with 3 tablespoons flour.

2. Place the 3/4 cup flour, cheddar cheese, butter, cream cheese, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender, blend until the mixture looks like a cross between Rice Krispies and cookie crumbs.

3. Place the egg yolk in a small bowl; add ice water and blend. Pour into cheese mixture; combine with a fork or your hands until it forms a ball.

4. Roll the dough around on cutting board; flatten it with your hands. Roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Arrange the shapes on cookie sheet.

5. Lightly spray tops of crackers with cooking spray, then sprinkle with kosher salt, if desired. Bake until lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. With a spatula, transfer to a wire rack to cool. The crackers will keep for up to two weeks refrigerated in a tightly sealed container.Per serving (3 crackers): 132 calories, 6 g fat (2.7 g saturated), 36 mg cholesterol. These crackers are a good source of calcium.