Cheddar Walnut Crackers for French Fridays

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie savory cracker recipe comes at a perfect time to bake for a holiday party, serve a stack of tender cheddar walnut crackers with small glasses of bubbly and you will have yourself a nice appetizer setup.  Buttery shortbread crackers with savory flavor would also be good added to a cheese plate and I would call that a meal, a very good meal.  I guess you could add fruit to your cheese plate to count in another food group but it’s not really necessary.  My husband and I enjoyed my homemade crackers filled with sharp cheddar cheese and toasted walnuts for a cozy shared appetizer.  For entertaining  I would bake these crackers off right before your company arrives because the fresh baked crackers will make the kitchen smell like a bakery and your guests will be happy and feel welcomed the second they walk in the door.

I am linking this post to French fridays with Dorie, an online group cooking and baking their way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan and sharing their results every Friday.  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday week with plenty of family and friends around your table.

Cheddar Walnut Crackers

Yield: 40 crackers

Adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • Pinch of Aleppo pepper, or cayenne
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Place the butter, cheese, walnuts, salt, white pepper and Aleppo pepper in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until mixture forms small curds.
  2. Add the flour and continue pulsing until the mixture forms small curds and looks moist, remove from the bowl.
  3. Turn the dough out onto the counter and knead a few times until smooth.
  4. Divide and form dough into 2 logs-wrap snuggly in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare 2 baking sheets lined with parchment or silpats.
  6. Slice 1/4" slices from the logs, press down to slightly flatten slices on the cutting board and place on the baking sheets, about 1" apart.
  7. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom and edges of each cracker.
  8. Cool on metal racks for a few minutes, remove crackers from baking sheets to metal racks and continue cooling.
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  1. I love the addition of walnuts, Patty! You’re such a California gal! I will definitely try this next time.

    Wishing you and your family every happiness at Christmastime and throughout the New Year! xoxo

  2. These crackers would make a wonderful appetizer, I love the cheddar and walnut pairing!

  3. Such an elegant presentation! Happy Holidays and have a wonderful 2013!

  4. Your tweaks are perfect, Patty! Just give me a couple pear slices and a glass of wine and it’s dinner! Wishing you and your family a most joyous holiday!!! xo

  5. Ooh yes, a little nutty flavor with the cheese … that would be good! I did make mine a meal with a little salame and herbed olives. :)

  6. OMG – these are right up my alley! Love, love these! I just might have to make these for my upcoming cocktail party! Lovely photos Patty!!!

  7. Beautiful work, as always. I like the addition of the walnuts – a nice way to make these that much more special. Happy holidays to you and your family!

  8. It’s so cold and windy outside…I would love to have several of these crackers on hand for comfort (and some champagne warmth too!). :D

  9. Walnuts are the next best addition, you´re right Patty. And your pics are gorgeous! As usual. I too would call it a whole meal. Have a great Christmas!

  10. These look fabulous, Patty! Love the walnut and cheddar combo! I’d love some right now with my glass of wine!

  11. Lovely presentation and the photos are great. We enjoyed these little crackers too. Have a Merry
    Christmas.

  12. You’re right about baking them off right before guests arrive. They are fantastic, warm and just out of the oven. WHen I made my first batch, I ate three of those little gems right off the hot cookie sheet! Adding walnuts to the dough is a great idea. I purchased several, several, several bags of fresh shelled walnuts from my grandchildren who live in California. A school fund-raising project. They are the best, best,best walnuts so I can understand your adding them to these crackers. Yes, these are wonderful and yours looked especially lovely. Happy, happy holidays to you and your family.

  13. I love that you not only topped your crackers with nuts, but used nuts in the dough too. They look amazing. I used cheddar like you, but can’t wait to make them (again and again) with something nutty. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Patty.

  14. Beautiful presentation Patty! I don’t know why but my dough didn’t come together. It was a struggle:(

  15. Just beautiful! I will make them exactly like you showed us here. Exactly!

  16. Walnuts are a lovely addition to this cracker, Patty, and your presentation is elegant (as usual). I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

  17. Your crackers look beautiful and I like the idea of the toasted walnuts in and on them. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Patty.

  18. Happy Holidays to you, Patty! These cheesy crackers with earthy walnuts look absolutely delish!

  19. These were wonderful right out of the oven – beautiful addition of the walnuts.
    I think they may show up at Christmas :-)
    Have a wonderful holiday.

  20. Hi Patty,
    Now these are my kind of crackers! The recipe sounds and looks delicious. I love your photographs too. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas! Hugs:)

  21. I know these crackers are tasty, homemade is always best and with cheddar and walnuts yum. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, xoxox!

  22. These were a huge hit in my house as well…thought my presentation didn’t look anything near as lovely as yours ! Your photos are truly gorgeous – awesome job with them. And love the addition of the walnuts- it all looks so perfect. Happy Holidays ~

  23. I’ve made an almost identical recipe from the Culinary Institute of America. They are delicious! I love how you’ve topped yours with a beautiful walnut half :)

    Wishing you a very happy holiday week!

  24. I love these, they look like perfect snacks and great for holiday parties :)

  25. I love, love the walnut and cheese combo. It looks like we were on the same wavelength, baking savory crackers. I’ll have to try these when we get back after the holidays.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Patty! Hope to see you soon in 2013!

  26. Lovely flavors Patty! I would enjoy them with a glass of wine. Thank you for sharing! And Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  27. These cheddar walnut crackers look so good. Your crackers turned out beautiful! I’m going to make these, for sure (and finally make something from my copy of Dorie’s book too!). Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, Patty!

  28. Patty, these are the prettiest crackers EVER! Not only that they sound simply amazing. I love your idea of baking them right before guests arrive, how perfect!

  29. Patty, these look fabulous! Merry Christmas!

  30. Hope you had a great Christmas Patty!

  31. wow you have been baking up a storm! These look so great! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas Patty! I finished off the last of your hazel nut bars that I had hidden away in the freezer today and I so miss them now :( they were just fantastic!

  32. What lovely crackers! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday.

  33. So these were the tasty crackers you were tempting me with. I wish I had been there to get a warm one out of the oven. Hope you and the family had a wonderful Christmas and the Happiest New Year.
    Hugs,
    -Gina-

  34. Patty, I skipped this one. I Just had too much to do…and I was really looking forward to making them. I plan on getting them done this week. Maybe even with the added nuts. Yours look wonderful and I can’t wait to give them a try!

  35. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I miss doing French Fridays so I could try the amazing recipes in the book. Your crackers look perfect and your photos are so pretty, Patty.

  36. Patty, your Cheddar Walnut Crackers look absolutely delectable – such a delicious addition to this wonderful recipe and utterly amazing photos! Thank you also for visiting my blog last Friday – sorry, I am running a bit late with my comments and posts this week but I wanted to make sure to stop by and let you know that you have a wonderful blog with so many terrific photos! And I would like to take the opportunity to send you and your family the very best wishes for the new year! Looking forward to many exciting cooking/baking adventures in 2013 ! “Happy New Year! – Frohes Neues Jahr!”

  37. Happy New Year!!!

    I’ve been wanting to make crackers for a while now…and made these for New Year’s Eve. They were delish! Thank you for the recipe!

  38. I know for sure that I will have a hard time keeping my hands away from these delicious crackers. Cheddar crackers sounds so yummy! I love the photography too – crackers in glass is nice idea!

  39. What a great recipe Patty! These would be great to serve at a sophisticated super bowl party this Sunday. Thank you for sharing another delightful post. What a bright and happy way to end my Tuesday! I hope you are having a blessed week.

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