Homemade Baked Cheese Snack Recipe

I have a confession to make. I have an obsession with all baked cheese snacks. Goldfish, Cheez-Its, you name it, I love it! Even though these snacks are baked rather than fried, they are typically full of sodium, saturated (unhealthy) fat, and various dyes and additives.

For a healthier alternative to these tasty snacks, try this delicious recipe created by the uber talented Chef Julia from @uclateachingkitchen. For the full instructional video, including the nutrition information, head over to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g74GFriGZhE

Cheddar cheese contains protein and is rich in calcium, Vitamin D, and potassium, all of which are important for bone health. Choose lower-fat cheddar cheese when possible as high amounts of saturated fat can be harmful to your heart. Ingredients Needed:

  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons of cold butter
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 Tb water

Directions:

  • Mix cheese, butter, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder in a food processor, or combine in a large bowl
  • Add flour and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, if mixing in a bowl, use a pastry cutter to cut it all together
  • Add 2 Tb of water and pulse until the mixture resembles dough, might take a couple minutes of mixing. Add additional water only if the dough is too dry to come together
  • Divide the dough into thirds and roll into logs, chill in the fridge
    for at least ten minutes, up to 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Either roll the dough out and cut into squares, or slice pieces
    from the chilled log and place on a cookie sheet lined with
    parchment or a silicone mat
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, they should be a light to medium golden brown when finished
  • Enjoy!

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