GLUTEN FREE CHEESE CRACKERS
You do not have to be gluten free for long before you realize that tasty treats from the store add up to about a dollar a mouthful. There are six of those gluten free mouths in our house and they can swallow a ton of food.
Boxes of gluten free cheese crackers at the store come in boxes with about enough crackers to feed a sparrow and run about $5 or more. This is a huge groan factor in my book as I hate feeling ripped off. There is something about just the name "gluten free" that makes a product quadruple in price.
Buying gluten free flour and making a homemade version can still be expensive so more often that not when the rest of the crew are chomping down on cheesy crunchy heavenly looking nibbles we just sit there watching and trying not to drool.
That crispy crunch type of food is sorely lacking in the gluten free diet unless it is a carrot or an apple. Now and again on special occasions Grandma would arrive for a visit laden with gluten free treats for the poor deprived children and there would be a box of those crispy tasty cheesy morsels that I am too cheap to buy. After about 2 crackers each, the box has gone and we are reduced to salivating while everyone else has plenty of their gluten filled counterpart.
Buying gluten free flour can make baking from scratch almost as expensive as a pre made product. Most flour runs about $6-7 a pound with the added expense of the xanthan gum. This recipe uses cornstarch which is a fraction of the cost of tapioca flour and it's counterparts .
I used the most expensive cornstarch which was $1.69 a pound but it goes as low as about 70 cents a pound. I found cheese on sale for about $3.50 a pound. For about $2 I had the equivalent of about four boxes of crackers. The problem was making them fast enough because as soon as they came out of the oven a swarm of cracker deprived children landed on them and devoured them. You might have a family that possesses more self control than my crew but either way I have doubled the original recipe. It is unlikely that you will want to half the quantities but you can.
The original recipe for these tasty treats was found in the book "You won't believe it's gluten free" by Roben Ryberg. I have to say that after tasting these I think she chose a good title for her book!
8 OUNCES OF SHREDDED CHEESE ( I used a mix of extra sharp cheddar and swiss )
8 TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER
1 1/2 CUPS OF CORNSTARCH
1/2 TSP SALT
1/2 TSP XANTHAN GUM
1 TSP BAKING POWDER
2 TABLESPOONS MILK ( I used almond milk)
LINE A BAKING SHEET WITH FOIL AND LIGHTLY GREASE WITH OIL.
SET OVEN TO 400 DEGREES
PLACE ALL THE DRY INGREDIENTS IN THE BOWL OF A HEAVY DUTY MIXER AND MIX WITH THE PADDLE.
WHEN COMBINED ADD THE MILK AND MIX BRIEFLY SO THE MIXTURE BEGINS TO STICK TOGETHER.
TAKE A HANDFUL OF THE DOUGH AND ROLL OUT ON A BOARD DUSTED WITH CORNSTARCH UNTIL THE DOUGH IS ABOUT 1/8 INCH THICK.
USE A SMALL COOKIE CUTTER TO MAKE SHAPES OR JUST CUT IN TO SQUARES WITH A KNIFE. 1-2 INCHES SQUARE DEPENDING ON YOUR OWN SIZE PREFERENCE. BAKE A FEW MINUTES LONGER IF THEY ARE 2 INCHES SQUARE.
BAKE FOR 10 MINUTES.
CRACKERS WILL BE LIGHT IN COLOR WHEN COOKED AND WILL NOT TURN BROWN SO DO NOT OVER COOK WAITING FOR THEM TO GO BROWN.
PLACE CRACKERS ON A COOLING RACK
TRY MAKING DIFFERENT FLAVORS WITH OTHER ADDITIONS OF HERBS AND SPICES AND CHEESES LIKE PARMESAN.