This evening the husband and I made Homemade Cheez-Its, which used a recipe blogged by Shopgirl. Take note that she uses “tsp” for tablespoon instead of “tbsp”, which may save you some confusion when it comes to the water.
The only differences I made was using an 8-oz bag of pre-shredded mild cheddar cheese and needing 5 tbsp of water instead of the 3-4 she noted. I also didn’t have a fluted pastry cutter, so we used a pizza cutter. Since I used our convection oven, the cook time was about 3-5 minutes more than her max of 10 minutes.
While I wouldn’t say it’s an exact replica of Cheez-Its, they are definitely tasty (and have my kids’ stamp of approval) and are similar in flavor. Check out my pictures below taken during the creation process.
|After mixing the shredded cheese, butter, and half the salt.|
|Mixing in the flour.|
|My dough after five tablespoons of ice water.|
|Ready for refrigeration!|
|The husband helped with the rolling and cutting of the squares.|
|On the pan before going in the oven.
IMPORTANT: Use parchment paper here, not wax paper!
|The final product! I over-salted them a bit, but they are so good.
I finally had to shoo the kids out and put them away to stop nomming.