Bacon Cheddar Crackers

To quote my nephew (8) after his first bite on Christmas Eve, “It’s a miracle!” These delicious appetizers were loved by all from 2-97. The “cherry on top” or dare I say the “bacon on top”, is that they can be made ahead and frozen. The perfect appetizer for a busy day with guests.

Special Tools: Food Processor, Small Cookie Scoop & Parchment Paper

WWSPoints: Approximately 4 per cracker

Makes/Serves: 4 dozen

Time:

Prep: 25 mins (this does not include bacon cook time)

Bake: 12-15 mins

Lender of the recipe: http://www.plainchicken.com/2015/12/cheddar-bacon-crackers-football-friday.html

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cooked, chopped bacon pieces (make sure the grease is patted off)
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the food processor, pulse together flour, baking powder, cayenne, and butter until a crumbly dough forms. Add cheese, bacon and milk. Pulse just until dough forms. If you have 2 different sized food processors like I do, use the larger one.

Using a small cookie scoop (1 Tbsp) or a rounded Tbsp measuring spoon, scoop dough onto parchment lined baking sheets. Flatten in a criss-cross pattern with a floured fork (keep the flour nearby).

Bake for 12-15 minutes. I cooled them on racks and froze them in ziplocks.

Now Let’s Dish: Holy cow these are buttery, bacony, cheese uh cheesy. I was so happy that it yielded so many and that I could freeze them. I made them at the same time that I made my Sausage Bites (to post later). These can be served warm or cold. They are slightly dry but heck, they are crackers. If they were moist they would be a cookie.

Served with: Sausage Bites, Artichoke Parmesan Tarte’s, Chili’s Queso

*Lesson Learned-How to have a stress-free holiday! I made all of the appetizers ahead except the queso. I did blend the spices for the queso ahead. This made for a no mess, no stress Christmas Eve for me.

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