I am all about getting our kids in the kitchen. I believe we have a responsibility, as parents, to show our kids where our food comes from; that it is something to respect. I also feel that getting our littles involved in cooking ensures them to be more engaged in trying new foods and being open to different tastes. If they are a part of the process, they are more likely to take interest in the final product. No matter their age, we can make them a part of it.
These crackers were our project for the morning. It took a whopping 40 minutes from start to finish…and was definitely time well spent for my toddler and I. I find it safe to say that most kids love those little goldfish crackers, mine included. This is a great take on that concept…for a fraction of the price. Have you ever peeked at the ingredient list on those little fishies? I am guilty of treating my child to them on occasion but I always cringe at the thought of what is in them. It’s so gratifying to know that you can accomplish the same result in your own kitchen, with nothing but whole grains and real ingredients; no additives, MSG, dyes…and a list of other things I cant pronounce;) I would encourage you to gather your kiddos and make this your own project on the next rainy or snowy day…you’ll have a blast and your kids will feel so proud of their accomplishment!
Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers
Adapted from this recipe
1 1/2 Cup Fresh Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 Tablespoons Butter, cut into 16 cubes
1/2 Cup Whole Grain Whole Wheat Flour + more for rolling dough
1/4 Cup Almond Meal or Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
First, gather your ingredients. I had a lovely assistant to do that job for me
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and process for 4 minutes. Turn off the motor, stir the loose dough to combine and firmly press it together with your hands, forming a ball. Place dough ball in plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. My sous chef gets a kick out of the food processor
Remove from refrigerator and allow to stand at room temperature for five minutes. Sprinkle surface with a liberal amount of flour and place dough on top. Firmly pat the dough out with your hands, just like this
Sprinkle top of dough with flour and roll out until it is 1/8 inch thick. Next, use your favorite mini cookie cutters and make as many imprints as you are able to fit into the dough, like this
Next, take a small spatula and scoop up as much dough as you are able to fit onto the spatula. Remove the excess dough around the shapes so that all you are left with is the shapes you’ve cut out, like this
Bake crackers for 10 minutes, or until they are firm to the touch on the outsides and a tiny bit soft in the middle. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.