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Football Cheddar Crackers

Football Cheddar Crackers

You can use any shape cookie cutter, but it's hard to beat footballs, especially on game day.


  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne), or more to taste (or your favorite herb or spice)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) Cabot Salted Butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 8 ounces Cabot Sharp Cheddar, grated (about 2 cups)


  1. Line baking sheets with parchment or coat lightly with butter.
  2. In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and cayenne or other seasoning with whisk or fork.
  3. Cut butter into small pieces and distribute throughout flour mixture.
  4. With food processor, electric mixer with paddle attachment, pastry blender or your fingertips, beat or blend flour and butter together until butter is well incorporated.
  5. Add egg and beat or blend for 1 to 2 minutes longer until medium-firm dough is formed.
  6. Add cheese and beat or blend for another minute or two until incorporated.
  7. Press dough into rectangle, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in freezer for about 30 minutes.
  8. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  9. Unwrap dough and place on lightly floured work surface. Roll out into 1/8-inch-thick (or thinner) layer.
  10. With football-shaped cookie cutter*, cut out crackers and place on prepared baking sheets.
  11. Bake crackers for 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
  12. Let cool on baking sheets, then store in tightly covered container for up to one week.

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen (3 x 1 1/2-inch) crackers or 14 servings

Recipe courtesy of Jimmy Kennedy.

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