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Sourdough Cheddar Crackers – Tummy-Friendly Fermented Grain and Real Cheddar Cheese

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Seriously, who doesn’t love cheddar cheese crackers?

I know they are a big hit in my family. But one thing I can’t do is bring myself to buy unnaturally orange crackers made with GMO wheat, artificial colors, and questionable ingredients. These sourdough cheddar crackers don’t need to be shaped like perfect squares or little fish to make a big splash.

A bowl of sourdough cheddar crackers with text overlay.

Wholesome Snacking at Its Best.

I’ve taken my original Sourdough Butter Cracker recipe and added real cheddar cheese. That’s all. Simple, wholesome ingredients that are traditionally fermented to create an easily digestible, crunchy, super cheesy snack cracker.

A bowl of sourdough cheddar crackers,

Sourdough Cheddar Crackers Make the Perfect Snack for Little Hands.

We all want the best for our kiddos! Limiting the amount of processed food our children eat can make a big impact on their health. So pack some of these sourdough cheddar snack crackers along on your next playdate or adventure.

A bowl of sourdough cheddar crackers with text overlay.

The perfect, traditionally fermented, cheesy snack cracker.

Sourdough Cheddar Crackers

Yield: 12 servings
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A crunchy, tummy-friendly, fermented grain snack cracker.

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 228 grams (just shy 1 cup) sourdough starter or discard at 100% hydration, stirred down
  • 285 grams (2 cups) organic all-purpose flour
  • 8 grams (1 teaspoon) sea salt
  • 56 grams (1/4 cup) melted butter
  • 105 grams (just shy 1/2 cup) filtered water
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions

The Night Before Baking:

  1. Weigh or measure all the dough ingredients into a ceramic or glass mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the dough just until it comes together. There will be plenty of structure without developing extra gluten.
  3. Let the dough rest and rise, covered, at room temperature for 12 to 16 hours.

The Next Day:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and pat it into a rectangle. Cut the rectangle in half.
  3. Cut three sheets of parchment paper that will fit a large baking sheet.
  4. Place one piece of the dough in the center of a piece of parchment and cover with the other sheet.
  5. Use your hand to flatten the dough into a large rectangle. Then use a rolling pin to roll it to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Remove the top sheet of parchment paper. The easy to work with dough.
  6. Using a pizza cutter or knife cut the dough into cracker size squares. Prick (dock) each square twice with a fork to keep the dough from bubbling up in the oven. Cutting and docking the dough.
  7. Slide the parchment paper onto the baking sheet and set the crackers aside.
  8. Repeat these steps with the remaining dough.
  9. Bake the crackers for 30 minutes at 350°F.
  10. Turn the oven off and crack the door. I use a baking mitt between the door and oven frame to keep it from closing completely. Let the crackers cool and continue drying out in the oven.
  11. Once cool, store the crackers in an airtight container.

Notes

You may need to rotate the crackers once during baking or switch shelves to make sure they brown evenly.

Liz R

Monday 30th of October 2023

These came out so good! Thank you!

Butter For All

Sunday 5th of November 2023

I'm so happy to hear it, Liz!

RB

Tuesday 11th of July 2023

These are the BEST!!!! Thank you for a great recipe. I get cheddar cheese from a farm in Vermont, such a great treat.

Butter For All

Monday 24th of July 2023

Hey RB! So happy you love 'em!

Kimberly

Monday 12th of June 2023

How long can I store them in a glass jar? Can I freeze them?

Butter For All

Saturday 1st of July 2023

Hi Kimberly.

If these crackers are properly dried they will keep at room temp in a sealed jar for weeks or months. But I think you'll find them disappearing pretty quickly. I don't think you'' need to worry about freezing them. The dough itself could be frozen though.

Happy baking!

Courtney

Nicolette

Friday 7th of April 2023

These are amazing and my kids said they taste just like a cheez-it. They are perfectly crisp and have a wonderful flavor!!

Butter For All

Friday 7th of April 2023

So happy to hear that, Nicolette! Thanks so much for leaving your review :)

Charlotte

Monday 3rd of April 2023

Is it possible to use milk kefir for this? I have no sourdough starter currently

Butter For All

Tuesday 25th of April 2023

Hi Charlotte!

I bet they would be great. Use a little baking soda (1t) to help them rise in the oven.

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