Chipotle Cheez-Its

Remember those Homemade Cheez-Its I posted last week? Yea, I’m back. With more Cheez-Its. You see, after making that first batch, Hubby would not stop talking about them. And I may have made the mistake of mentioning that they were really easy to make…

Chipotle Cheez-Its

So I agreed to make another batch but wanted to mix it up this time. I know that Rachel threw some red pepper flakes into her crackers when she made them, so I opened up my spice cabinet. It’s actually in a really sad state these days. Since moving in to our apartment, we’ve been just buying spices as we need them, so my options were limited.

Chipotle Cheez-Its

I will say though, that those options are high quality options. We have a Penzey’s literally across the street from our apartment. And I figure if I’m going to restock a spice cabinet, it might as well be with the good stuff!

Chipotle Cheez-Its

On a recent trip to Penzey’s, this ground chipotle caught Hubby’s eye, so we grabbed some. You can smell the smokiness the second the jar is opened. What you can’t smell is the heat that kicks in after the smokiness.

Chipotle Cheez-Its

To say Hubby loved these Chipotle Cheez-Its would be the understatement of the century. Since them the other day, I’ve already made them a second time… And, he’s told anyone who will listen about how amazing they are. So if you were even *thinking* about making Homemade Cheez-Its after last week’s post, you definitely have to make them now!

Chipotle Cheez-Its

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Chipotle Cheez-Its

Yield: ~12 dozen crackers

Ingredients:

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1 Tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp cold water
1 tsp ground chipotle
Course sea salt for sprinkling

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cheese, butter, shortening and salt on medium-high speed. Reduce speed to medium, slowly add flour and water. If adding chipotle, do so now.

Continue mixing until dough is smooth.

Divide dough into two, creating discs and wrapping in plastic. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.

Roll out dough to 1/8″ thickness. Dough will be approximately 10"x10". Using a ruler as a guide, cut long 1" horizontal strips. Rotate ruler to slice vertically, creating 1"x1" squares. Carefully transfer individual squares to prepared baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining dough.

Using a toothpick or cake tester (I used a straw), create holes in the center of each square.

Sprinkle with course salt. Sprinkle with pepper if using.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. I removed mine at 12 minutes. The time will depend on the thickness of your squares as well as the crispness you prefer. Watch your oven closely from 10 minutes on.

Best eaten the same day. Store remainder in an airtight container.

Recipe adapted from ReadmyMade Magazine

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6 Responses to “Spinach and Artichoke Dip”

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    yumventures — February 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I have been looking for a great dip recipe, and this one looks delish! I’m glad you got your brother to share your recipe =)

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    oneordinaryday — February 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Spinach and artichoke dip is my very favorite. I don’t make it often, but it’s one of those things my family expects at family events. My goddaughter even made me a special artichoke plate to serve it on!

    Lucky you to get to share your brother’s secret recipe. Family recipes are the best.

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    Katie — February 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Love this recipe and the fact that fresh spinach is used and not frozen! I love spinach and artichoke dip, but have always been intimidated to make it…. WHY!?!? It looks so simple. On my to-do list! 🙂

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    Karin — February 4, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Yum…so trying this one on Sunday!! Thanks!!

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    Julie — February 4, 2010 at 3:46 am

    One of my all time favorites! Yummy!

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    nutmegnanny — February 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Yummy! This dip seems to be a favorite of almost everyone 🙂

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