Garlic Parmesan Cheez Its

Homemade Cheez Its can be customized hundreds of ways! Garlic and cheese make a great combination for these snack crackers.

Garlic Parmesan Cheez Its

Garlic is one of Hubby’s all-time-favorite ingredients. Most times when it comes up in a recipe, we will double the amount called for in said recipe. We’re those people. While neither of us have tried anything crazy like garlic ice cream (although I’m intrigued at the thought), we are those people who always get garlic fries if they’re on the menu.

So it’s no surprise that shortly after I made my first batch of homemade Cheez-Its a couple years ago, I decided to whip up a batch with some garlic in it. I didn’t want to just use garlic salt or anything like that, so I threw a couple cloves of raw minced garlic right in to the dough. The resulting cracker is a garlicy-cheesey-crunchy cracker that’s as addictive as you would imagine.

Garlic Parmesan Cheez Its

I tossed in a little bit of rosemary just for good measure. I’ve also made this recipe without the rosemary and we like it just as much, if not more. Feel free to adapt to your tastes.

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Garlic Parmesan Cheez Its

Simple crackers you can customize and make at home that taste better than the store-bought ones

Yield: ~12 dozen crackers


4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz parmesan cheese, shredded
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp chopped rosemary (optional)
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1 Tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp cold water
Course sea salt for sprinkling


In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cheeses, garlic, rosemary, butter, shortening and salt on medium-high speed. Reduce speed to medium, slowly add flour and water.

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 from ReadmyMade Magazine, as seen on Baked by Rachel

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6 Responses to “Garlic Naan”

  1. #
    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I would never think to make naan at home but after KAF, I think I’d do it! This looks great.

  2. #
    Kate — September 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Mmmm, garlic. I made homemade naan this summer and it was glorious. Homemade bread just cannot be beat.

  3. #
    theblogisthenewblack — September 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve never made naan, but I ight have to!

  4. #
    Eliana — September 27, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Glad you converted because there is nothing better than garlic in my opinion. It looks like it works perfectly in this naan 🙂

  5. #
    Cornelius the Pig — September 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    we’ve never made naan before, but this recipe looks so good i think we’re going to have to try it!

  6. #
    Elizabeth — September 30, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I love garlic and I’m sure it was great in naan – it looks delicious!

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