United in Orange – Homemade Organic Cheeze Its – Go Broncos!

by Kirsten on January 18, 2014 · 17 comments

in Sides, Starters, Starters & Sides

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These homemade organic Cheeze Its are the perfect snack to munch on while watching the playoffs this weekend. Forget the cousins in the box; these homemade crackers are way superior in crunchiness and cheesy taste. They even have an extra spicy kick through the addition of cayenne pepper. Best of all, they are orange in color in support of our Colorado home team, the Denver Broncos who will be facing the New England Patriots in the playoffs here in Denver on Sunday. Go Broncos!

In case you have any leftovers, which I doubt, you could pack them as snacks for your kid’s school lunches. My daughter loves Cheeze Its and I wanted to try this recipe to see if they would be a good substitute for the organic Cheeze Its I sometimes pack for her. I definitely think so. My homemade organic Cheeze Its may not look as professional, but at least I’m able to pronounce all of the ingredients, unlike the ingredients list on the box. Homemade organic Cheeze Its are a winner recipe and a definite keeper snack, which I would highly recommend you try very soon!

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Homemade Organic Cheeze Its
5.0 from 2 reviews
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
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  • 1 cup (120 g) flour
  • 8 oz. (226 g) sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons (57 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into squares
  • 2 Tablespoons ice water
  1. Place flour, cheese, salt, cayenne pepper, and paprika in a food processor. Pulse until well combined.
  2. Add the butter and pulse until butter pieces are pea sized.
  3. With the food process running add the water. Continue until the mixture forms into a dough ball.
  4. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon pads. Set aside.
  7. Roll your dough with a rolling pin to the thickness of about ⅛ inch. You can do this on a floured surface or between two sheets of plastic wrap.
  8. Cut the dough into squares of 1 inch x 1 inch. You can use a knife or a ravioli cutter (for serrated edges).
  9. Place the squares on the prepared baking sheets. Using a wooden skewer or a fork poke a small hole in the middle of each dough square.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Baking times may vary. (My baking time was 18 mins on 350 F Convection.)
  11. Let the crackers cool and store in air tight container.


Ingredients for homemade organic Cheeze Its

Homemade organic Cheeze Its taste fantastic in combination with a mixture of unsalted nuts. The sharp taste of the cheddar also goes especially well with roasted almonds. Give it a try!

homemade organic cheeze its

The Colorado evening sky looking west towards the Rocky Mountains is often a spectacular sight. Here you can see that even Mother Nature is in full support of our football team painting the sky blue and orange. I took this picture at my house just a couple of nights ago. Go Broncos!

evening sky

Recipe adapted from chicagoist.com.

Find more healthy snack ideas at Cooking Light.

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Simply Sweet Justice February 2, 2014 at 8:07 pm

These look incredibly addicting! thanks for sharing!

Susi January 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Kirsten, Deine Cheeze-its schauen besser aus wie das Original und es gefaellt mir besonders gut, dass alles organisch ist. Den Kaese habe ich neulich auch beim Costco mitgenommen. Der war echt klasse!

Edward Antrobus January 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Who knew that cheeze-its could be so so easy to make? How important would you say the “cut butter into squares” step is?

Kirsten January 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I would not omit it, since it helps with a more even distribution of the butter.

cheri January 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I love the edges of your crackers, they look so cute!

Kirsten January 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Thanks, Cheri, and so easy to do. Just use the little ravioli roller.

dina January 20, 2014 at 9:48 am

i want to try these. they look yummy!

manu January 20, 2014 at 3:01 am

Oh these are so cute….
Have a nice day

Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking January 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Sometimes I worry I have the taste palate of a toddler…cheese-its are one of my guilty pleasures! These look absolutely delicious though. Maybe if I start making my own then it’s seen as a more grown up snack…at least that’s what I’ll tell myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing! And that’s a beautiful sunset!!

Kirsten January 20, 2014 at 8:34 am

Stephanie, I wouldn’t worry. think Cheeze Its are a favorite with all ages. 😉

Mary January 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Oh my goodness, I love cheese-its and your’s look so delicious! But I’m making an apple pie for the game when my beloved New England Patriots win! 🙂 Good luck!

Kirsten January 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm

That sounds like a good idea, Mary. You can never go wrong with a good apple pie. Let the better team succeed.

Susan January 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I’ll drink to that! (as she lifts her coffee cup!)

Kirsten January 18, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Susan, thanks for your support!

Susan January 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

Oh my! These look amazing and my favorite snack. I’m not a football fan, but I’ll side with you and the Broncos since Kelly went to school there. XOXO

Kirsten January 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm

You are too sweet, Susan. I am not a big football fan either, but somehow the football fever is in the air these days here in Denver and it is very contagious!

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