Calling all snackers: Am I alone in my deep love for Better Cheddars? Anyone even remember these round, cheesy, crunchy crackers? Better yet, do they even still sell these at the stores anymore??? I could really go for Vegan Better Cheddars right now. I posed the question on Facebook last night, “What was your favorite childhood snack growing up?” and I got a big kick out of some of the answers:
- Oatmeal Pies.
- Chocolate Pies.
But no Better Cheddars.
So I thought that I would have to do justice for these crackers and spread the Better Cheddar gospel. This time around I would make them gluten free vegan Better Cheddars!
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Think Cheez-Its but better (hence the name of the crackers). Well, I’m not sure if I can say they were better, really. It depended on my mood actually, but what I did love most about Better Cheddars was that crispy, burnt flavor that it had. And coming from the girl who loves her food a little on the burnt side, it was natural why I would gravitate towards them.
These vegan Better Cheddars are packed with a crispy, cheezy, salty bite in every cracker. Gluten free too!
- ½ c. Cara's All-Purpose flour blend
- ½ c. Daiya cheeze, cheddar flavor
- 2 Tbsp. nondairy butter, softened
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 Tbsp. ice water
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In an electric mixer, combine butter and cheeze together until fully incorporated.
- Add flour, paprika, and salt into cheeze mixture. Combined with a wooden spoon until dough forms. Add ice water. This is make the dough form into a ball.
- Roll dough into a thin, thin layer between 2 pieces of wax paper. The thinner the better, really, because the crunchier they will be. Using a 1½"-2" round cookie cutter, cut out dough.
- Using a skewer, flat side, make 6 holes around the outer circle and 1 hole in the middle. Transfer to a cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges.
It’s been years since I have had a Better Cheddar but the homemade version, especially the particularly thinner crackers, packed that same cheezy, burnt crunch that I remembered so fondly. Yay for vegan Better Cheddars!
So if you haven’t already answered the question (or if you have more to add) I’d love to hear your answer to:
What are some of your favorite childhood snacks?