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Spicy Cheese Crackers

These delicious Spicy Cheese Crackers are seasoned with spices and butter and baked briefly to a crispy finish.

Cheese crackers in a vintage serving bowl with two bottles in the background.

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Have you noticed how certain recipes seem to make the rounds on the internet? For a while, it was the Magic Cake recipe. Then everywhere you looked, you saw the baked Ham and Cheese Sliders.

Another recipe you see often is for “fire crackers.” I love those things! They’re simply saltine crackers drenched in oil and seasoned with red pepper flakes. In a way, they remind me of the ranch oyster crackers we used to make.

These are a similar idea, yet distinctly different. They’re a combination of whole-grain Cheez-Its with spices and butter. You’ll enjoy them with soups and chili or just with a nice cold beverage as a snack.

❤️ Why We Love This Recipe


  • It’s easy and quick — You can’t ask for much better than 10 minutes from start to finish!
  • Bold flavors — The combination of garlic powder, celery seed, and cayenne pepper adds flavors that are hard to resist.
  • It’s very versatile — Great for a wide range of occasions, from movie nights, game days, and picnics to tailgate parties.

🛒 Ingredient Notes


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  • Celery seed and garlic powder – Both seasonings really complement the cheese in the crackers.
  • Cayenne pepper – Adds a lovely spicy bite to the crackers. Feel free to adjust according to your taste. The 1/4 teaspoon I use in the recipe produces a mild amount of heat.
  • Butter
  • Bite-size cheese crackers – My choice for cheese crackers is always Cheez-It. Use either the original or whole grain in this recipe.

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🥄 How to Make Spicy Cheese Crackers


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spices measured into a resealable bag.
  1. In a gallon size zip top bag, combine the celery seed, garlic powder, cayenne, and butter. Close the bag and use your hands to thoroughly mix the butter and spices.
Crackers added to a bag with spices and butter.
  1. Add the crackers and toss gently until thoroughly coated. Take some time to make sure the butter and seasoning are evenly distributed throughout the crackers. Be careful not to break up the crackers.
Coated crackers spread on a baking sheet.
  1. Spread the crackers on a baking sheet. Cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the oven and cool.
  3. Store in an airtight container.
Cheese crackers in a vintage serving bowl with two bottles in the background.

🍚 How to Store


Store the completely cooled crackers at room temperature in an airtight container. They’ll last for about 5-6 days.

Lana Stuart.

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Cheese crackers in a vintage serving bowl with two bottles in the background.

Spicy Cheese Crackers

These delicious Spicy Cheese Crackers are seasoned with spices and butter and baked briefly to a crispy finish.
4.84 from 6 votes
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 65kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more according to your taste
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 ½ cups bite-size cheese crackers

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a gallon size zip top bag, combine the celery seed, garlic powder, cayenne, and butter. Mix butter and spices together.
  • Add the crackers and toss gently until thoroughly coated.
  • Spread the crackers on a baking sheet. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

  • Store for 5-6 days at room temperature in a container with a tight fitting lid. 

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 65kcal | Carbohydrates 5g | Protein 1g | Fat 5g | Saturated Fat 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat 1g | Monounsaturated Fat 1g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 6mg | Sodium 7mg | Potassium 3mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 1g | Vitamin A 90IU | Vitamin C 1mg | Calcium 2mg | Iron 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on March 8, 2016. It has been updated with additional information.

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have made tons of these crackers. I sprinkle a little extra cayenne pepper across the top of the crackers before I bake them. My family loves them. I give them away at Christmas time along with other goodies and cookies. Thanks for a great simple recipe.

    1. Yes, they do make an excellent addition to a gift basket, don’t they?

  2. Farida Banu says:

    I prefer baking these crackers rather than buying the packs. Thanks a ton for sharing the recipe

  3. Archana Baikadi says:

    I think my hubby would love this! amazing recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      You’re welcome! And I do hope he enjoys it.

  4. James Kennington says:

    Not only is it quick, easy, and tasty (thank you very much!), but it makes wonderful croutons. Grab a handful and put them on a piece of wax paper. Fold over the wax paper and press lightly to break into smaller pieces. Use in a green salad or to top a scoop of chicken salad (which was what I had for lunch).

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      That’s a great idea! I’m definitely trying it.

  5. Those could be addictive! What a great idea to take when folks are having a little “get together.”

    I love, love, love snacks. Much more than sweets. I would devour that entire tray of crackers in about 30 minutes.

    I happen to notice what appear to be two adult beverages in the photo. Tell BeeBop to enjoy.

    Miss P

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I like savory snacks much more than sweet, too! And you’re right – these are highly addictive. And delicious with a cold adult beverage (I think a crisp white wine is perfect myself) :-)

  6. Dianne Evans says:

    What South GA town did you grow up in?

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Dianne – I grew up in Colquitt (Miller County) in southwest Georgia.