Course: Appetizer
Beer Style: Pale Ale

Cheddar Cheese Pale Ale Crackers

Recipe from the Beer Bitty for homemade cheddar cheese crackers made with your favorite pale ale.


  • 8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp pale ale, placed in freezer for 10 minutes

  • Directions

    1. To make these pale ale crackers, fit a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. On low speed, mix together cheese, butter and salt until well combined.
    2. Add the flour and continue mixing until small pea-sized pieces form, then slowly add one tablespoon of pale ale at a time until the dough begins to form into a ball (not all of the beer may be needed).
    3. Form the dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
    4. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    5. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and roll into a 1/8-inch thick rectangle. Cut dough into 1-inch squares using a fluted pastry wheel or pizza cutter.
    6. To create the trademark hole in the center, use the back of a wooden skewer. Transfer crackers to the prepared baking sheets, leaving a bit of space between each one.
    7. Bake on the center rack for 15 to 20 minutes, until puffed and beginning to brown at the edges. Transfer crackers to a wire rack to cool. Crackers will become crispy and flaky once fully cooled.

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