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Homemade Cheez-Its

Author Jen


  • 8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tbsp cold Butter cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp Shortening
  • 1 tsp Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp Ice Cold Water


  • Blend the cheese, butter, shortening and salt together on medium low speed in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.
  • Add the flour and mix on low to incorporate (the dough will be dry).
  • Slowly add the water just until the dough comes together in a lump.
  • Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Flour your work area and roll out the dough very thin (less than 1/8").
  • Use a pastry cutter to cut into 1" squares and use a skewer or toothpick to put a hole in the center of each.
  • Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until light brown at the edges.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool.