last week we had a couple snow days. snow days are the best. i mean what can be wrong with free days off. awesome! having some extra time, i decided to do some baking. it was nice to have the time to try out some new recipes for no particular reason. i usually bake specifically for birthday treats or for gifts and cook so that chris and i have food to eat throughout the week. but this time, i just baked for baking sake. sooo nice!
i had been wanting to try out this recipe for parmesan basil crackers for a while now and i finally had my chance. there is nothing like homemade crackers. they are so much better than store bought – you just can’t beat the freshness and flavor. i made a few other cracker recipes before, homemade wheat thins and homemade cheez-its.
i will say the texture of these crackers aren’t as crispy as what you typically think of for crackers. they are a little bit crumbly – maybe like a savory shortbread cookie. i think i was supposed to bake them a little bit longer and they would have been more crispy. still they are absolutely delicious. the parmesan and basil flavors shined!
p.s. how cute is this bag above. it is actually a reusable snack bag. a while ago, i got a bit annoyed using so many ziplock bags to pack our lunches. so i did a search online for reusable sandwich bag options. there are a lot of different reusable sandwich and snack bags on etsy but these are the best. they are made by snackaby. unlike other ones that are made from cotton fabric and nylon lining, these are made of proprietary material and laminated cotton that makes them dishwasher safe and super easy to clean.
i got 3 sandwich bags and 3 snack bags for chris and i to use. don’t you love the designs! i will say they were a bit expensive, but i think it’s a great investment both for our wallets (ziplock bags are not cheap!) and for the environment.
if you tend to use a lot of ziplock bags, i would highly encourage you to look into resuable bag options. i love these snackaby bags!
(disclaimer: i have no affiliation with snackaby. i just love their bags.)
now back to the parmesan basil crackers. start by combining the flour, dried basil, salt, and pepper into a medium bowl.
then grate up some parmesan cheese. be sure to use real parm – not the stuff in the green tube container.
beautiful parmesan cheese.
add the parmesan cheese to the bowl. mix to combine.
now for the butter. of course, butter makes everything better.
cut the butter into the flour mixture…
until it is incorporated and only small pieces of butter remain. it should be a sandy texture.
finally pour in the cream, 1 tablespoon at a time.
once the all the cream is added to the dough, it will still be a little crumbly. use your hands to gently knead and squeeze the dough until it forms a nice ball.
at this point you can either roll the dough out and use small cookie cutters to shape the dough – or you can go the easy route like me. just roll the dough into a long rope.
then using a sharp knife, slice the dough into 1/8-1/4 inch thick coins.
line up the crackers on a silpat mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
prick each cracker with a fork.
bake the crackers for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees f.
allow the crackers to cool then serve them up. yummy!