Spicy Cheese Crackers
These delicious Spicy Cheese Crackers are seasoned with spices and butter and baked briefly to a crispy finish.
Have you noticed how certain recipes seem to make the rounds on the internet? For a while it was the Magic Cake recipe. Then for a while everywhere you looked you saw those baked Ham and Cheese Sliders.
Well, all this winter I’ve been seeing recipes for “fire crackers.” They’re simply saltine crackers drenched in oil and seasoned with red pepper flakes. In a way they reminded me of the ranch oyster crackers we used to make.
They did sound pretty good, but there was just so much oil! A full cup of oil poured over crackers and left to soak. I just wasn’t sure about that. People say that they don’t get soggy but I wasn’t convinced. I really wanted to try them so I started looking at recipes.
And after a lot of browsing, I just decided I’d do my own thing (as usual) and go in a little different direction coming up with these Spicy Cheese Crackers.
Instead of saltine crackers, I chose to use whole grain Cheez-Its and instead of a cup of oil, I went with a little butter. I also changed up the spices and I baked mine for a few minutes. It made them crisp up very nicely! You can enjoy these with soups and chili or just with a nice cold beverage as a snack.
How to Make Spicy Cheese Crackers
I recommend Cheez-It crackers for this recipe but, obviously, you could use any brand you like.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
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.
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.
Spread the crackers on a baking sheet. Cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool. Store in an airtight container.
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Spicy Cheese Crackers
- 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
- 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.
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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.
Yes, they do make an excellent addition to a gift basket, don’t they?
I prefer baking these crackers rather than buying the packs. Thanks a ton for sharing the recipe
I think my hubby would love this! amazing recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing
You’re welcome! And I do hope he enjoys it.
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).
That’s a great idea! I’m definitely trying it.
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.
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) :-)
What South GA town did you grow up in?
Dianne – I grew up in Colquitt (Miller County) in southwest Georgia.