Homemade Saltine Crackers



When it comes to entertaining, I like to surprise family and friends with unexpected little treats. I think it's fun to serve something a little out-of-the-ordinary along with the usual suspects like veggie and fruit trays, on special occasions.  So, I look forward to including homemade dips, homemade bread and butter pickles, homemade potato chips, fancy (and sometimes stinky) cheeses and homemade jams on my snack table menu. However, one of my all-time favorite ways to spoil my guests is by whipping up a batch or two of these simple, homemade, saltine crackers!




Only four pantry-staple ingredients are needed to make these crispy saltine crackers and the method is super duper simple too. I'm not kidding, making a batch of these crackers is crazy easy and your guests will think you've just outdone yourself when you serve them at your next party!



Saltines are not the only variety of homemade cracker I like to make, but this is my base-recipe for most other variations. I simply change-up the ingredient mixture by adding different types of salts, peppers, herbs, spices and oils in to make a more gourmet-style cracker. It's a joy for me to get creative with the flavors in these homemade saltines, especially if a theme is in mind for a meal.

In fact, my plan is to share one of my favorite flavor variations of this recipe with you all next week!

But, if you are ready to get crackin' on a batch of these saltine crackers, you can check out my latest YouTube Video below for guidance. In this video, I make a batch of these rustic yet impressive goodies as you watch!

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Homemade Saltine Crackers                                    printable recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings: about 36-40 crackers

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup + 1 to 2 tbsps room temperature water
  • extra salt for the cracker tops (if desired)

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 400°.  In a large mixing bowl add salt to flour. Add in the shortening and use a pastry cutter (or blender, if that's the term you use!) to cut the shortening into the flour until the flour in grainy like sand. 

2. One half at a time, add in the water. Stir with a wooden spoon and eventually your hands until a shaggy dough forms. Turn the shaggy dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for 1 minute until it comes together and then shape it into a disk shape. 

3. Roll dough out until it is reasonably thin (like pie crust). Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Transfer rolled cracker dough to baking sheet. Use a pizza cutter to cut dough into long strips or squares. 

4. Use a fork to poke a couple of rows of holes into each cracker. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the tops of the crackers are are puffed and the edges are a light, golden brown color. Transfer baking sheet to a cooling rack and allow crackers to cool completely. 

5. Serve with your favorite dips, cheeses, soups, stew or chili. Enjoy!

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16 comments

  1. Cool! They look crispy and evenly thin. Good job, Marcelle!

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  2. What a great idea! They look delicious.

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  3. Wow such a great idea and especially to share this in the fall when the cooler weather is coming..I'd love to have homemade crackers with my homemade soup!

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    1. We do enjoy them a bunch with soups and chili! Thank you, Vicki! :)

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  4. I would hate to put anything on one of these crackers! It’s as if the cheese would ruin it… I do have a question, Marcelle, can you use butter instead of vegetable shortening? Have you ever tried that? I generally don’t have Crisco or the like in the house… What about lard?

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    1. Hi David, you absolutely could substitute butter for shortening to make these. I use butter for most everything else I bake, but I always use shortening to make pie crust and crackers! It's just how I learned those recipes :) I've even seen saltine cracker recipes where they add baking soda, hence "soda crackers", but I've never used that ingredient to make them. As far as using lard I'm sure it would work in crackers too. Although in my mind, lard is a pretty specialized ingredient and I use it only for tortillas because it's a traditional ingredient in that recipe. I hope you all enjoy them if you make some. Thank you!!

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    2. I will definitely try these with butter. Like you, I was brought up using Crisco or lard for piecrusts and pastries. However, as butter is one of the five major food groups, I’ve turned over to it for just about everything. I’ll let you know how they come out! Happy weekend.

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  5. never in my life have i considered making saltines from scratch! how ambitious and delicious. :)

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  6. I need to try these! I'll bet they taste so much better than store bought! Nice work :)

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  7. What a fun idea! I love the slightly rustic look and they would look amazing on a cheese board!!

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  8. Wow! One bite of these and I know I would never eat a Saltine from a package again.

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  9. Fun recipe! I haven't had Saltines for years -- decades! -- until this summer. Then we made some for a recipe. I should make these instead -- they look much better than the packaged ones. Thanks!

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  10. I love homemade crackers and Saltines are such a classic. Can't wait to try these!

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  11. Your guests must feel very pampered when they dine at your home. Your homemade crackers must be terrific.

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