Cheese Crackers and Cheese Straws, Gluten-Free


Special equipment needed:
-Small animal cookie cutters--Ateco has a cute collection of them 
-if you want bigger crackers, cutters of any shape you'd like
-food processor (you can get away w/o one, but it really makes the process go faster)
-rolling pin
-Silpat mat

Ingredients
1 1/2 C Jeanne's Gluten-Free Flour Mix
6 TBL butter, softened
2 C grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 C grated Parmesan and/or Romano (we use just Parmesan)
1 egg
1/4 C milk

-Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease two baking sheets or line them with parchment paper
-place flour, butter, and the cheeses in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse off and on for about 1 minute--until the butter and cheese are evenly mixed with the flour 

-Add the egg and pulse until it's incorporated
-with the processor running, pour the milk through the feed tube and blend until the dough forms a ball-blob 

-Place 1/2 of the dough on the Silpat mat in a blob-ball (sprinkled w/some tapioca flour) 

-Roll out the dough until it's about 1/8" thick 

-Cut out shapes and place on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet 

Gather, re-roll,and cut out until all dough is used (do the same with the second blob of dough). I got something like 140 crackers out of the dough, plus extra to make some cheese straws. The crackers completely filled 2 cookie sheets. 

-Bake for 18-20 minutes. Time will depend on how crunchy you want them to be. I baked them until they were brownish around the edges 

-Cool in pan until you're able to pick them up
-store in airtight container

These are great to take on trips or as an easy snack for kids (and adults). Mine don't last very long--they are yummy and fun!


Gluten-Free Cheese Straws

Follow same process as for cheese crackers. Instead of rolling out the blobs of dough with a rolling pin, pick out a small piece, roll in your hand into a ball, and then roll the ball into a cylinder 

-Repeat until all the dough is used
-place cylinders on greased or parchment-line baking sheet
-bake for 18-20+ minutes (again, how long will depend on how crunchy you want these--experiment to see what your taste is).
-again, store in an airtight container

These are also great for on-the-go snacks. Or as nibbles with cocktails.

Enjoy!