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Recipe: Kid-Made Crunchy Crackers

Recipe: Kid-Made Crunchy Crackers

Kid-Made Crunchy Crackers

by Erin Fletter
Photo by Jacob Blount/Shutterstock.com
prep time
20 minutes
cook time
17 minutes
makes
4-6 servings

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Kid-Made Crunchy Crackers

Think of Kid-Made Crunchy Crackers as a delicious twist on your favorite snacks! Their taste might remind you of a certain fish-shaped cracker or their cheesy cousin that rhymes with "Sneeze Fits." You know the ones! 

What's our secret? It's nutritional yeast—a nutritional powerhouse packed with essential B vitamins and an irresistibly cheesy taste! These crackers rival store favorites in taste, but they're made from a handful of real ingredients and are significantly less processed!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • grate :

    to reduce food, like a carrot, to very small shreds or pieces of the same size by rubbing it on a tool with an outside surface that has holes with cutting edges (a grater).

  • roll :

    to use a rolling pin to flatten dough; use your hands to form a roll or ball shape; or move a round food, like a grape or a meatball, through another food, like sugar or breadcrumbs, to coat it.

  • shape :

    to form food into a specific shape by hand or with a cutting tool—examples are cutting cookie dough into shapes with cookie cutters, forming bread dough into a roll or crescent shape, and rolling ground meat into a meatball.

Equipment Checklist

  • Oven
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper (if not using oil to grease sheet)
  • Grater
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Wooden skewer or toothpick
  • Heat-resistant spatula
scale
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Ingredients

Kid-Made Crunchy Crackers

  • 6 oz Jack, cheddar, havarti, or provolone cheese **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub 2 T nutritional yeast—see allergy subs below for additional ingredients)**
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour + plus a little more for dusting **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY sub gluten-free/nut-free flour)**
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 T cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 C butter, softened **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free butter spread, like Earth Balance, or 3 T nut-free oil, like olive or vegetable)**
  • 1 to 4 T cold water
  • olive oil for greasing skillet or baking sheet
  • 1 T nutritional yeast (to sprinkle on top)

Food Allergen Substitutions

Kid-Made Crunchy Crackers

  • Dairy: For 6 oz cheese, substitute 2 T nutritional yeast + 1/2 tsp salt + 1/4 tsp baking powder + 2 to 4 T cold water. For 1/4 C butter, substitute 1/4 C dairy-free/nut-free butter spread, like Earth Balance, or 3 T nut-free oil, like olive or vegetable.
  • Gluten/Wheat: Substitute gluten-free/nut-free flour.

Instructions

Kid-Made Crunchy Crackers

1.
preheat + grate

Preheat your oven to 375 F. Have your kids grate 6 ounces of cheese and set to the side.

2.
measure + combine

Have your kids measure 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons cornmeal, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

3.
measure + stir

Have the kids measure and add 1/4 cup softened butter, 1 to 4 tablespoons cold water, and the grated cheese to the dry ingredients and stir until the cracker dough forms.

4.
roll + shape

Sprinkle some flour on a cutting board or your clean countertop and roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch thick. Using a kid safe knife, have kids cut the dough into one inch squares or other small shapes. Use the flat end of a wooden skewer or toothpick to poke a small hole in the center of each cracker.

5.
transfer + bake

Carefully transfer the crackers to a lightly oiled or parchment lined baking sheet and lay them out so they do not overlap. You can place them fairly close together; they will puff up, but not spread much. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until puffed and edges start to brown.

6.
sprinkle + cool

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast over the tops of the baked crackers. Let them cool completely and then enjoy by themselves or with a spread like Thyme for Olive Tapenade (see recipe).

Let's Learn About the United States!

Photo by JeniFoto/Shutterstock.com (July 4th Picnic)
  • Most of the United States of America (USA) is in North America. It shares its northern border with Canada and its southern border with Mexico. It consists of 50 states, 1 federal district, 5 territories, 9 Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. 
  • The country's total area is 3,796,742 square miles, globally the third largest after Russia and Canada. The US population is over 333 million, making it the third most populous country in the world, after China and India.
  • The United States of America declared itself an independent nation from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, by issuing the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Revolutionary War between the US and Great Britain was fought from 1775-1783. We only had 13 colonies at that time! On September 9, 1976, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and declared that the new nation would be called the United States. 
  • The 13 colonies became states after each ratified the constitution of the new United States, with Delaware being the first on December 7, 1787.  
  • The 13 stripes on the US flag represent those first 13 colonies, and the 50 stars represent our 50 states. The red color of the flag symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes innocence and purity, and blue symbolizes vigilance and justice.
  • Before settling in Washington DC, a federal district, the nation's capital resided in New York City and then Philadelphia for a short time. New York City is the largest city in the US and is considered its financial center. 
  • The US does not have a recognized official language! However, English is effectively the national language. 
  • The American dollar is the national currency. The nickname for a dollar, "buck," comes from colonial times when people traded goods for buckskins!
  • Because the United States is so large, there is a wide variety of climates and types of geography. The Mississippi/Missouri River, running primarily north to south, is the fourth-longest river system in the world. On the east side of the Mississippi are the Appalachian Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains, and the East Coast, next to the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • On the west side of the Mississippi are the flat Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains (or Rockies), and the West Coast, next to the Pacific Ocean, with several more mountain ranges in coastal states, such as the Sierras and the Cascades. Between the coasts and the north and south borders are several forests, lakes (including the Great Lakes), rivers, swamps, deserts, and volcanos. 
  • Several animals are unique to the US, such as the American bison (or American buffalo), the bald eagle, the California condor, the American black bear, the groundhog, the American alligator, and the pronghorn (or American antelope). 
  • The US has 63 national parks. The Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, and the Grand Canyon, with the Colorado River flowing through it, are among the most well-known and visited.
  • Cuisine in the US was influenced early on by the indigenous people of North America who lived there before Europeans arrived. They introduced beans, corn, potatoes, squash, berries, fish, turkey, venison, dried meats, and more to the new settlers. Other influences include the widely varied foods and dishes of enslaved people from Africa and immigrants from Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and the Pacific Islands. 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in the United States?

  • Education is compulsory in the US, and kids may go to a public or private school or be home-schooled. Most schools do not require students to wear uniforms, but some private schools do. The school year runs from mid-August or the beginning of September to the end of May or the middle of June.
  • Kids generally start school at about five years old in kindergarten or earlier in preschool and continue through 12th grade in high school. After that, many go on to university, community college, or technical school. 
  • Spanish, French, and German are the most popular foreign languages kids learn in US schools. 
  • Kids may participate in many different school and after-school sports, including baseball, soccer, American football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and track and field. In grade school, kids may join in playground games like hopscotch, four-square, kickball, tetherball, jump rope, or tag.
  • There are several fun activities that American kids enjoy doing with their friends and families, such as picnicking, hiking, going to the beach or swimming, or going to children's and natural history museums, zoos and wild animal parks, amusement parks, water parks, state parks, or national parks. Popular amusement parks include Disneyland, Disney World, Legoland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios.
  • On Independence Day or the 4th of July, kids enjoy a day off from school, picnicking, and watching fireworks with their families. 
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday in November when students get 2 to 5 days off school. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are popular December holidays, and there are 2 or 3 weeks of winter vacation. Easter is celebrated in March, April, or May, and kids enjoy a week of spring recess around that time.  
  • Barbecued hot dogs or hamburgers, watermelon, apple pie, and ice cream are popular kid foods for 4th of July celebrations. Turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are traditional Thanksgiving foods. Birthday parties with cake and ice cream are very important celebrations for kids in the United States!

Lettuce Joke Around

What’s a pirate’s favorite cheese?

Chedd-AAARGH!

That's Berry Funny

What did the cracker say about the cheese’s joke?

You crack me up every time!

The Yolk's On You

Why didn’t the cheese want to get sliced? 

It had grater plans!

THYME for a Laugh

How do you get a mouse to smile? 

Say "Cheese!"

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