black olive and parmesan cheese crackers

One of my all-time favorite snack foods is Cheez-Its. There's something about those small, square, bright orange crackers that just hits the spot. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, when it was too wet and nasty to go outside to buy a new box, I decided to investigate recipes for homemade cheese crackers. It turns out making your own crackers is fairly easy! Just a few ingredients, a quick chill in the freezer, and 15 minutes later, you have warm, crispy crackers that are even tastier than store-bought. This recipe combines the flavors of Parmesan, white Cheddar, and black olive, with just an extra hit of sea salt.


  • Parmesan cheese (4 ounces, shredded)

  • White cheddar cheese (4 ounces, shredded)

  • All-purpose flour (1 cup)

  • Butter (4 tablespoons, chilled)

  • Sea salt (1/2 teaspoon)

  • Black kalamata olives (1/3 cup, pitted)

  • Cold water (2 tablespoons)


  1. In a food processor, combine the two cheeses, flour, butter, sea salt, and olives until the mixture resembles tiny crumbs.

  2. Add the cold water through the top of the food processor in a slow stream, pulsing the food processor until the dough just comes together.

  3. Transfer the dough to plastic wrap and put in freezer for 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

  5. After 30 minutes of chilling, roll out the dough into a rectangle shape on parchment paper or a surface coated in flour, with thickness less than 1/4-inch. 

  6. Using a sharp knife or pastry cutter, cut the rectangle into small bite-sized squares.

  7. With a toothpick, prick each square in the center (this helps the crackers puff without retaining too much steam while baking).

  8. Transfer the squares to a silicone mat on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 17 to 18 minutes. 

  9. Remove and let cool on a wire rack. The crackers will still be somewhat soft. As the crackers cool, they will become more crispy but still soft and chewy inside.