homemade cheez its with dip

My kiddos love these… and who am I kidding?  So do I!

These are a super fun project to make at home with the kids and they are delicious!  You can make these in any shape you like using cookie cutters.  Perfect to pack along in a lunch bag!



homemade cheez its with dip
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Homemade Cheez-Its

These are a super fun project to make at home with the kids and they are delicious! You can make these in any shape you like using cookie cutters. Perfect to pack along in a lunch bag!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
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  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon butter cold, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons ice cold water
  • teaspoon paprika


  • With a mixer in medium, combine cheese, butter, shortening and salt. Add in flour and paprkia and mix on low (the dough will be dry). Add the water in a slow stream just until dough forms a ball (you don't want it wet). Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a well floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin square (less than ⅛"). With a pastry wheel, cut into 1" squares and use a skewer or toothpick to poke a hole in the center of each.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until light brown at the edges. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 299 | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 59mg | Vitamin A: 495IU | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Snack
Cuisine American




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  1. These are fantastic and I’m sure much better for you than store bought cheez-it’s! Will make often as our family likes to snack! (Will probably experiment with different cheeses as well just for fun)!5 stars

    1. Shortening is vegetable shortening, a white fat made from vegetables. You can see what it looks like here on Amazon. In the UK, you may find it known as “vegetable fat” branded as Trex. Hope that helps!

  2. It’s not fair as all our grandkids are big now & it’s no fun fixing special stuff for my husband & I