Sometimes, you want snack time to be more than just goldfish crackers, you know? If you have little ones, then you know that snack time at play dates usually hits all the major kid food groups… crackers, juice boxes, and grapes. While that’s menu gold for the kids, I think the adults deserve something a little more special.
For example, maybe something with parmesan cheese, and butter, and with delicious hints of lemon and pepper. Now that sounds like a grownup snack worthy of any play date. Even better, the dough for these crunchy little gems can be made made the night before the get together and baked right before everyone arrives. So whip together a batch of these crackers and be the star of your next playgroup. These are so tasty that you might just have to wrestle them away from the kids.
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking
1 1/2 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
3/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
4 tbls cold butter, cut into small cubes
1 1/2 tbls water
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Whisk together the parmesan, flour, lemon zest, and black pepper in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and toss in the cheese-flour mixture. Using a pastry blender (or two knives), work the butter into the cheese flour mixture until the result looks like coarse bread crumbs. Add in the water and lemon juice. Use a fork to mix thoroughly until a dough ball is formed. Transfer the dough to a sheet of wax paper. Handling the wax paper (not the dough), roll the out the dough to a uniform log, about 11 inches long. Wrap tightly in the wax paper and refrigerate for at least one hour, or up to two days.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Cut the log into 1/4 inch slices and place on a baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Cook only one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes, or until the edges start to turn to a golden color. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
These make yummy little vessels for your favorite dip. Or just eat them plain and enjoy their cheesy, mildly lemon flavor. Makes about 40 crackers.