French Fridays with Dorie: Cheez-it-ish crackers

When I saw this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Cheez-it-ish crackers, p 10), I actually had to Google what a “Cheez-it” was. Ok, then, it’s like a version of a Goldfish cracker. Though Dorie’s book shows a picture where they look a little more shortbread-y than cracker-y….

I baked these on a day when I needed some quiet time in the kitchen. They took no time to whip up. The dough came together quickly and sat in the fridge for an hour or so. I *only* have a star shaped cookie cutter (I know, what’s wrong with me?) but felt these were pretty and festive in star-shapes.

I used an Emmenthal cheese in this but feel they could have benefited from something a little sharper – like a Cheddar. Next time, I’ll do that.  These are also much smaller than Dorie’s suggested size – so, think bite sized like Goldfish.

Have to say I was super impressed with this recipe – it’s one of those things that you can serve at a gathering and then casually mention that you made them. It’s a fact that’s bound to impress your guests! And hey, noone has to know just how easy it really is!

Pretty. Tasty. You can’t really go wrong.

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52 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Cheez-it-ish crackers

  1. Mary Hirsch December 21, 2012 at 05:21 #

    Oh, Mardi, your little cheez-it–ish Stars are much prettier than any little Goldfish that Pepperidge Farm ever sent down the conveyor belt. I thought “cheez-it-ish” was a word Dorie made up. Didn’t even think about it actually being real. I agree with you – making these little nibbles and then just casually mentioning this to your guests, would be great fun. Sorta like the olives. Who has time to make this stuff? Answer, we do. You went tiny crackers. I went bigger crackers. I honestly love your little stars, perfect for any occasion. Happy Holidays.

    • Mardi Michels January 26, 2013 at 08:01 #

      Yes these are the perfect cracker for a lot of occasions!

  2. Liz December 21, 2012 at 06:21 #

    Yours puffed up beautifully, Mardi. And the stars are perfect for the holidays! Merry, merry Christmas, my friend!

  3. Cakelaw December 21, 2012 at 06:27 #

    I like your cute little stars. I thought this was a good recipe too, although definitely more shortbread than cracker.

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen December 21, 2012 at 06:29 #

    They are the cutest size Mardi. I copied your star shape idea! Weren´t this wonderful? Have a great Christmas!

  5. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen December 21, 2012 at 06:41 #

    I am very fond of Cheese-its. Okay, more than a little fond. I’m addicted to them and they are my snack downfall. I have wanted to make these since I saw them in Dorie’s book, but have never gotten around to it. Yours are so pretty and I just want to jump in the screen and have a taste with that glass of red wine.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  6. Cher December 21, 2012 at 06:45 #

    Awww – baby stars 🙂 And how do you keep your silpat so shiny and new looking?????

    Merry Christmas and safe travels.

  7. Eileen December 21, 2012 at 07:11 #

    Those stars are too cute! Very festive.

  8. Paula December 21, 2012 at 09:03 #

    You may only have one cookie cutter but it was the perfect one for this recipe. These little star shaped appetizer crackers are adorable.

  9. Laurel December 21, 2012 at 09:06 #

    They look just lovely ! Merry Christmas !

  10. Sarah, Maison Cupcake December 21, 2012 at 09:11 #

    Dangerous! I just know I would hoover these up. Just as well you’re in Canada!

    Happy Christmas xx

  11. Maggie December 21, 2012 at 09:47 #

    Wow! Your little stars are way too cute! They DO look puffy but Goldfish crackers are puffy so I think you were totally channeling that. They look so adorable next to that little cocktail. Also, your silpat is amazingly clean and nice looking. Mine is five years old and looking it so I think I need a new one stat. My old crusty one is too embarrassed to be featured on my blog again I think.

    • Mardi Michels January 26, 2013 at 07:59 #

      My Silpats are relatively new but I am sure in a few months…

  12. Sara December 21, 2012 at 10:12 #

    Awesome little cheese stars! Those would be so cool to have at a holiday party. Mine came out a little puffy too, and not at all like shortbread. Still tasty though! Mine were one-bite also, so maybe that was it? Either way, yours look terrific! Merry Christmas to you, Mardi!

  13. Susan December 21, 2012 at 12:31 #

    I love your puffy stars! They’re very festive.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

  14. Patty December 21, 2012 at 13:47 #

    Love your baby stars..such a fun take on a wonderful recipe;-)
    Have a very happy holiday season;-)

  15. Tammy December 21, 2012 at 14:30 #

    Ooh … I love your tiny, puffy stars. Some of mine puffed, but “fell” when they were cooling and overall they were flaky, and crunchy. I loved them.

  16. Winnie December 21, 2012 at 14:31 #

    These are so adorable. Maddie loves cheez-its and I know she’d love these. Happy Holidays, my friend!

    • Mardi Michels January 26, 2013 at 07:56 #

      You should make them with her – so easy and fun!

  17. Nana December 21, 2012 at 15:55 #

    Your stars look so perfect and flakey. We loved these little crackers. Have a great
    Christmas holiday.

  18. Colette @ JFF! December 21, 2012 at 17:51 #

    Those cheesy li’l stars wouldn’t last 1/2 an hour in my house. YUM

  19. Betsy December 21, 2012 at 21:34 #

    I love how your crackers are so puffy. And the tiny stars are so perfect for the holiday! Lovely treats.

    • Mardi Michels January 26, 2013 at 07:55 #

      Yes, not sure they were meant to be puffy but they look pretty!

  20. Geoff December 22, 2012 at 00:50 #

    Mardi – a small star in the culinary firmament

  21. Teresa December 22, 2012 at 01:13 #

    Those stars are just perfect, Mardi! They really do look professional. I’d never heard of a Cheez-it, either, but I’m glad to have been introduced to this recipe. I hope your holiday is lovely.

    • Mardi Michels January 26, 2013 at 07:55 #

      Me too – I’ll definitely make them again!

  22. Elaine December 22, 2012 at 02:15 #

    I agree that you can’t go wrong with these. Your stars have the goldfish color! They would be great with tomato soup. Have a Merry Christmas!

  23. idiosyncratic eye December 22, 2012 at 07:28 #

    They look beautiful and cheesy! Perfect combo. 🙂

  24. Tricia S. December 22, 2012 at 21:58 #

    Love the stars and love the gorgeous color you got ! I was so happy to find out how easy this recipe was- the fact that they tasted so awesome was a delight 🙂 I did have to chuckle that you were not familiar with “Cheez Its”. I wish I could say the same but I have done some serious diet damage over the years with those red boxes……happiest of holidays to you and yours !!!

    • Mardi Michels January 26, 2013 at 07:54 #

      Oh I am SO glad I am not familiar with Cheez-its. Except now I apparently am!

  25. Andrea December 24, 2012 at 05:38 #

    Mardi, you were right “great minds…” – of course, I love the star shape of your Cheese Crackers quite a bit – and they do have such a lovely warm, “cheesy” color! I am running a little behind with my comments but I would also like to take the opportunity to whish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the upcoming year! And I would like to wish you safe travels!

    • Mardi Michels January 26, 2013 at 07:53 #

      I couldn’t NOT make stars for the holidays!

  26. cat January 2, 2013 at 00:24 #

    so pretty for a cocktail party!

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