I saw Ina make these on her cooking show. The episode was entitled "Bed and Breakfast". I made them and my husband said they are like a savory Parmesan cookie, because they are thicker than a cracker. They were super easy to make and taste nice! The house smelled of yummy parmesan, while they were baking.
- Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix until creamy. (**I think this is where personal preference and maybe even altitude will effect the outcome of these crackers. I started out with 1 stick of butter, then blended all the other ingredients together. The "dough" was too crumbly and looked like a struesel topping that you would put on top of muffins or a coffee cake. The one stick of butter is what Ina calls for in her recipe. I think this is a typo. I added another 1/2 stick of butter to the flour mixture, and then beat it with the paddle attachment on my mixer. This is when the "dough" balled up and looked right. So, I think this recipe needs between 1 stick and 1 1/2 sticks. You might even get by with 1 1/4 sticks.).
- Add the Parmesan, flour, salt, thyme and pepper and combine.
- Dump the dough on a lightly floured board and roll into a 13-inch long log.
- Wrap the log in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut the log crosswise into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick slices.
- Place the slices on a sheet pan and bake for 22-25 minutes.
- **Cook time does not include freezing the dough for between 15-30 minutes (mine were hard enough to easily cut at 15 minutes).