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Gluten-free and Vegan Cheez-Its

This is probably THE proudest moment in my life so far.

I know what you must be thinking:

“Making a food product is one of your prouder moments? Do you even get out?!”

And the answer is no, no I do not.

But just think what would happen if I did get out.

I wouldn’t be able to have paved the way for you with these:

And we shall call them:

The tastiest snack in the world.

(((Too sexy?)))

I’ll be working on that one.

When I had the idea of re-creating one of my all-time favorite cheesy crackers

into a gluten-free and veganized version I thought:

Is is even possible…?


But is it…?


Can I…?

I don’t know…

So I did.

And let me tell you.

Holy $#!*

Proudest moment ever.

Praise Cheez-Its Recipe

They’re so good, you will really want to praise the heavens!

Makes: Not enough to share.


  • 3/4 c. AP gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill because I knew that bean flavor would work perfectly…and spoiler alert: it did!!)
  • 1/2 tsp xantham gum
  • 1 c. Daiya vegan “cheese”
  • 3 Tbs Earth Balance butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tb ice water


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and cheese together until blended nicely with a hand mixer.
  3. Combine flour, xantham gum and salt in a separate bowl until fully mixed together.
  4. Add 1/2 the flour mixture into butter/cheese mix until blended. Add remaining 1/2 and mix well.
  5. Add water and stir in with a rubber spatula, making sure all scraps on the sides of the bowl have been incorporated.
  6. Place ball of dough on a piece of parchment paper and lightly knead until a smooth ball is made. Divide dough in half and place 1 of the 1/2s in a bowl and put in the fridge.
  7. Roll out other 1/2 of dough with a rolling pin (I put an extra piece of parchment paper over it to ensure it didn’t stick). Roll thin (about 1/4″ or so).
  8. With a pastry cutter (these have squiggly lines that give the fun shape to the cracker) pattern out the shapes of the squares, going horizontally and diagonally.
  9. Take a stainless steel spatula and slowly and gently place each cracker on top of a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure you give about 1/2″ worth of room per cracker. This might be the longest part of the process but you do want to go slowly in order to maintain the shape.
  10. Make a little hole in the center of each cracker. Sprinkle the tops with a little dash of coarse salt.
  11. Place the crackers on the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes while you repeat the same process for the next 1/2.

Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

I couldn’t believe the crunch that these crackers gave.

Not to mention the cheesy flavor!

Daiya, I didn’t give you enough credit, my friend.

I take it all back.

You really DO know how to make a delightful vegan cheese!

I give to you the perfect little snack.

These were literally gone within in an hour.

Greg’s reaction:

“You need to sell these!” 

Oh my little entrepreneur… 

101 Comments Post a comment
  1. linda #

    thank you cara, can’t wait for my friends to try them, will keep you posted!

    February 6, 2013
  2. linda #


    What did you use to make the hole, and what tool did you use to cut the edges.

    February 6, 2013
    • Hi Linda! So excited for you to try these 🙂 I used the flat side of a skewer stick for the hole and a pie crust ridged-edge cutter. Hope that helps! xo

      February 6, 2013

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