Cheddar Shortbread Bites (Crackers)

Total Time
Prep 12 mins
Cook 12 mins

From Land-o-Lakes: "These flaky, cheesy bites are easy to make and store well." These are our favorite. The possibilities are endless: sesame seed topped, more heat (spices), no salt, garlic-flavored, etc. NOTE: Chill time of 2 hours+ has not been added to preparation nor bake time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Cracker ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 12 cup land-o-lakes butter, softened
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 2 cups land-o-lakes sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 8-ounce package)
  • Optional Topping Ingredients

  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon water (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Combine flour, butter, salt and red pepper in medium bowl; beat at medium speed until dough forms.
  2. Add cheese; mix until a ball forms.
  3. Shape dough into circle; wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Heat oven to 350.
  6. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. (It will be hard to roll at first, but will soften. Press together any cracks that form on edges of dough.).
  7. Cut dough with 1 1/2-inch cookie cutters or pizza cutter into desired shapes.
  8. Place onto ungreased baking sheets.
  9. If toppings wanted:.
  10. Beat one egg white and water together in small bowl. Brush cut-outs with egg wash; sprinkle with seeds.
  11. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until very lightly browned around edges. Immediately loosen from pan; let cool on pan.
  12. Variations: Shortbread bites can be topped with variety of other ingredients such as chili powder, seasoned salt, fennel seed or herbs.
Most Helpful

4 5

Very tasty. I made this without the topping. I used less cheese (maybe 1 cup, but of a really old tasty cheddar), but they are a tiny bit greasy already and plenty cheesy, so I would probably not want to use any more. I think they would be nice with some herbs added. Will probably make again.

Second time making: the dough was way too dry so I added an egg and some milk. Slightly different result, but still tasty. Added some minced peppers and they had a nice bite.