Sweet potatoes, cheddar cheese, and whole wheat flour come together in these simple homemade crackers that are sure to please adults and kids alike.
Can I tell you a secret?
Homemade crackers are just about the easiest thing to bake.
When I posted the photo below to Instagram, a member of my family commented “Oh, fancy!” But the truth is these sweet potato and cheddar cheese crackers are about as simple as you can get.
Just mix the dough either by hand or with a food processor, roll it out, slice, and bake! Okay, maybe the slicing can get a little tedious, but the crunch of a freshly-baked homemade cracker will make it all worth it. Promise.
So skip the overly processed stuffed at the grocery store, and bake your own instead. Better yet, get the kids involved too. They’re going to love ’em!
baking tip:How to measure flour
Too much flour can cause problems in your baked goods. Baking is a science after all! Since flour has a tendency to compact over time as it sits in the supermarket and in your pantry, if you simply dip your measuring cup into the flour and scoop it out, you’ll end up with more than you should. Instead, follow these steps:
1. Fluff flour a little with a spoon.
2. Spoon flour into measuring cup until it’s overflowing.
3. Drag your finger or a butter knife across the top of the measuring cup, sweeping away the excess.
And to get even more precise, use a kitchen scale!
Sweet Potato Crackers
- 1 cup (113 grams) whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1/4 cup (56 grams) butter, cold and cut into cubes
- 1 cup (113 grams) cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup (106 grams) mashed sweet potato (see note)
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Coarse salt, for sprinkling
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and rosemary. Add the butter and grated cheese and toss lightly until coated in the flour mixture. Pulse in short bursts until the butter is the size of small peas.
- Add the mashed sweet potato and pulse until combined. With the food processor running, add the milk. After a few moments, the dough will come together in a ball. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. If the dough becomes sticky, add more flour. Cut the dough into 1-inch squares and transfer to the prepared sheet pan.
- Use a toothpick to poke a hole into the center of each square. Sprinkle with the coarse salt and bake until the edges are just starting to turn brown, about 12-15 minutes.
- Let cool, then store in an airtight container. Crackers are most crisp fresh from the oven.
- For mashed sweet potato, wash one small sweet potato and pierce a few times with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees until soft, about 1 hour. Peel off skin and remove any discolored spots. Mash with a fork or in a food processor.
- To keep crackers crisp during storage, place a slice of sandwich bread in with the crackers. The bread will absorb any moisture in the air and the crackers will remain relatively crisp.
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Note: This recipe was originally published October 2013 in partnership with Wisconsin Cheese. Thank you for continually supporting partnerships with brands I love. All opinions are always my own.