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This cheddar is better than ever.

Calling all snackers:

Am I alone in my deep love for Better Cheddars?

Anyone even remember these round, cheesy, crunchy crackers?

Better yet, do they even still sell these at the stores anymore???

I posed the question on Facebook last night,

“What was your favorite childhood snack growing up?”

and I got a big kick out of some of the answers:

Bugles.

HoHo’s.

Cheetos.

Cheez-Its.

Oatmeal Pies.

Zingers.

Doritos.

Chocolate Pies.

But no Better Cheddars.

So I thought that I would have to do justice for these crackers

and spread the Better Cheddar gospel.

Think Cheez-Its but better (hence the name of the crackers).

Well, I’m not sure if I can say they were better, really.

It depended on my mood actually,

but what I did love most about Better Cheddars

was that crispy, burnt flavor that it had.

And coming from the girl who loves her food a little on the burnt side,

it was natural why I would gravitate towards them.

Better than Better Cheddars Recipe

gluten-free, vegan

Make approx 50 round crackers

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 c. Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. Daiya cheeze, cheddar flavor
  • 2 Tbs Earth Balance, softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tb ice water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In an electric mixer, combine butter and cheeze together until fully incorporated.
  3. Add flour, paprika, and salt into cheeze mixture. Combined with a wooden spoon until dough forms. Add ice water. This is make the dough form into a ball.
  4. Roll dough into a thin, thin layer between 2 pieces of wax paper. The thinner the better, really, because the crunchier they will be. Using a 1 1/2″-2″ round cookie cutter, cut out dough.
  5. Using a skewer, flat side, make 6 holes around the outer circle and 1 hole in the middle. Transfer to a cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle with salt. 
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges.

It’s been years since I have had a Better Cheddar

but the homemade version,

especially the particularly thinner crackers,

packed that same cheezy, burnt crunch that I remembered so fondly.

So if you haven’t already answered the question (or if you have more to add)

I’d love to hear your answer to:

What are some of your favorite childhood snacks?

 

OH, AND BEFORE I FORGET!

REMEMBER THAT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT I HAD FOR YOU???

YEAH, YOU HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER DAY FOR IT…

174 Comments Post a comment
  1. Carrie Stratford-Collver #

    Just found this gem of a recipe:) I’m from Canada & whenever my dad, my brother or I go to the US we hunt high & low for Better Chedders, usually find them hidden away at a variety store or at a Publix, when we find them, we buy every box they have…I am SUPER PUMPED to try this out…if they’re as good as they look I’m looking at favorite child & favorite sister status for a long time:)

    September 27, 2012
    • You are a woman after my heart! So happy that you know of and LOVE the Beddar Cheddars. Makes me so happy! xo

      September 27, 2012
  2. Reblogged this on Kiara Lane.

    February 21, 2012
  3. Reblogged this on Kiara Lane.

    February 20, 2012
  4. better cheddars were a huge part of my childhood… and you’re right – where on earth did they go?!? i will definitely have to try this recipe…

    February 16, 2012
    • Did we just stop looking for them and left them in our childhood or did they actually disappear???

      February 16, 2012
  5. I must make these! ASAP!

    January 31, 2012
  6. nagrom512 #

    This post just made my day. Better Cheddars are my favorite cheese crackers! The fiance has never had them. Therefore, we must try your recipe immediately!

    January 19, 2012
    • A Better Cheddar fan is a friend of mine!!! That makes MY day to know you love these 🙂 xo

      January 19, 2012
  7. valerossini #

    Wanna try them!

    January 17, 2012
    • Do it! Do it!! 🙂

      January 17, 2012
  8. I love cheez-its, but these look good! they are all so perfect! great job!

    -Alexandra

    January 15, 2012
  9. Keep fighting the good fight!

    January 10, 2012
  10. They taste yummy! Thanks for the recipe. ;p

    January 10, 2012
  11. delish! thanks so much for this recipe XD

    January 9, 2012
    • You got it! I hope you like them if you make ’em 🙂

      January 9, 2012
  12. آقا و خانم روانشناس #

    I am hungry!

    January 8, 2012
  13. caloricandcrazy #

    Those look so yum! 🙂

    January 7, 2012
    • Thank you so much, Caloricandcrazy! I super appreciate the comment. xo

      January 7, 2012
  14. Looks really tasty I’m going to the grocery store tomorrow. Thanks for sharing

    January 6, 2012
    • You got it, Ziane–thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! xo

      January 6, 2012
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    January 6, 2012
    • Hi Josh! Thank you so much for asking permission–very appreciated! Just curious if you could explain a little more on what Coursepark is and how Fork and Beans can be of help. Thanks for your time!

      January 6, 2012
  16. Spaghetti-O’s

    January 6, 2012
    • This is one snack I cannot stand behind, I’m afraid to say. I mean no disrespect but I could never get into Spaghetti-Ohs…I know however that I am few on this side 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

      January 6, 2012
  17. Ritz crackers were my favourite, don’t know if they made it to US – they tasted like they were already buttered! Still indulge occasionally…

    January 6, 2012
    • Oh you better believe Ritz Crackers not only made it to America but to my mouth…several times! I tried to recreate them yesterday and failed. I will keep trying, just for you Offmotorway! 🙂

      January 6, 2012
  18. Awesome Post and great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Congrats on being FP!

    January 6, 2012
    • Thank you so much, StayCalm, and you are welcome <–all rolled into one 🙂

      January 6, 2012
  19. I have got to try this recipe! Thanks for posting it! (can real shredded cheddar be subbed for the vegan kind without any issues?)

    Favorite childhood snack. I really don’t know. I loved most crackers from Ritz to Goldfish and assorted other foods like PBJ or cream cheese with jam sandwiches. Chips. I wasn’t picky about snack foods. 😀

    January 6, 2012
    • Absolutely! You can substitute real cheese and real flour for this recipe and it will be just fine!
      I wasn’t picky with snacks either. I’d eat whatever was in front of me 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Stephanissima!

      January 6, 2012
  20. I have nominated you for a versatile bogger award. Check it out and join in—> http://flashingformoney.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/versatile-blogger-awards/

    I really loved this post! it was fabulous! This will be my next kitchen concoction!

    January 6, 2012
    • HI Kirsty! Wow, thank you so much for the award AND the kind words. Man, do you know how to make a girl blush! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU 🙂

      January 6, 2012
  21. favourite childhood snack – Carribean flavour Skips (not sure if you have Skips in the US though? If not, they’re crisps!)

    January 6, 2012
    • I am loving the idea of a Carribean flavor! You definitely do not see that over here in the States and now I am thinking that we are really missing out and playing it safe with “Cool Ranch” and “Barbeque” flavors. Boring. I want Carribean, now 🙂 What flavors make up Carribean?

      January 6, 2012
  22. time to lunch 😀

    January 6, 2012
    • I hear you! I need breakfast stat before I jump into a box of homemade crackers 🙂

      January 6, 2012
  23. Better Cheddars are the boss of the snack aisle. That is why they are hard to find and usually on the top shelf in one single row sometimes next to another solid contributor, the chicken in a biscuit cracker. I am a big fan of the B.C. and have also mused that the vanilla wafer is the most under-rated cookie.

    Congrats on FP and how clutch was it to put a cliff hanger on the end of a post that got pressed, nice work!

    January 6, 2012
    • I am hearing a lot of Chicken in a Biscuit talk as of late. They were never my first choice, but I was also never known to turn down food if presented to me 🙂 So happy to hear of another Better Cheddar fan. We all have to stick together, for we are few, but we are proud!
      Thank you for the comment, Simon, and for the congrats! WordPress planned it perfectly after all, didn’t they? Woo hoo!

      January 6, 2012
  24. wow thanks for the recipe! I’d never thought to make my own crackers before but that would be a lovely finish to a dinner party with some cheese 🙂
    My fave childhood snack was celery dipped in the peanut butter jar! mmm I haven’t done that in years! x

    January 6, 2012
    • Mmmmmm cheese. Lucky 🙂 hehe. And by the sound of it, Veghotpot you were a healthy snacker, which I’m not going to lie, I’m a little jealous of. Good for you though. While I was busy stuffing my face with processed food, you were snacking on wholesome foods. Can we switch childhoods? (if that is even possible..) ha!

      January 6, 2012
  25. Love a good cheesy cracker and these look great!

    January 6, 2012
    • Cheesy crackers really are a universal food that speaks to everyone, I am convinced. I have yet to run into someone who says they don’t like them. At least I better not ever… 🙂 Thank you for the comment, Averil! xo

      January 6, 2012
  26. These look amazing! Definitely going on my short list of recipes to try when I have some spare time!

    January 6, 2012
    • Oh, and favourite childhood snack? Barbara’s Bakery Original Cheese Puffs!

      January 6, 2012
      • Oh, good choice: The “Healthy but still a little naughty” snack 🙂 Love it! I always enjoyed getting the cheese of my fingers–it was like I had another snack after I finished the puffs…

        January 6, 2012
    • Now I like the sound of that! Thank you for stopping by PlusONE!

      January 6, 2012
  27. Oh My god !!!
    you make me hungry ><
    thank you for sharing
    it must very very delicious !

    January 6, 2012
    • I seem to be doing that a lot lately. Thank you for stopping by and commenting–I really appreciate it! And you’re welcome 🙂

      January 6, 2012
  28. That made me hungry!

    January 6, 2012
    • That happens to me all of the time 🙂

      January 6, 2012

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