Homemade Cheddar Cheese Crisps Recipe

These cheddar cheese crisps are a homemade Southern tradition! Make them for your next party or wine tasting. They’re similar to classic cheese straws but are easier to make. Cheese crisps are a great afternoon snack or party appetizer. 

homemade cheddar cheese crisps in white bowls

Homemade cheddar cheese crisps are light and savory making them a terrific addition to an appetizer or wine party.

These homemade cheddar cheese crisps are the perfect nibble to add to your party table. I made these for my chocolate tasting party a while back and they were a delicious way to cleanse the palate between sweet bites.

These little crackers are something I love to make around the holidays for our Christmas cocktail party, and for bridal or baby showers. The great thing is that they can be made ahead of time for easy last-minute serving.

If you’re from the South you’re probably familiar with the classic cheese straws. I can remember those making an appearance at almost every party or event we attended. These are similar to those but have even more flavor with the addition of chopped pecans.

These homemade cheese crisps are reminiscent of the classic cheese straws found at every party in the South.

homemade cheddar cheese crisps recipe
These crackers are crispy and light like a savory shortbread, and are easily addictive.  They’re cheesy with a hint of heat from the pepper jack.  The addition of the toasted pecans makes it perfect in my book.

HOSTESS TIP: These make excellent hostess gifts or party favors. Make extra crackers to wrap up and give to guests. 

For more cheesy goodness check out these 2-ingredient cheese crisps or these 3 quick & easy cheese appetizers

Delicious Homemade Cheddar Cheese Crisps Recipe

Delicious Homemade Cheddar Cheese Crisps Recipe

Yield: about 8 dozen

Cheddar cheese crisps are like savory shortbread and totally addictive! These light snacks are filled with two kinds of cheese, and chopped pecans. They go great with wine too!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (4 oz) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded {don’t use pre-shredded}
  • 1 cup (4 oz) pepper jack cheese, shredded {don’t use pre-shredded}
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper


  1. Combine butter and cheese until well mixed.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients until a moist, thick dough is formed.
  3. Shape dough into several 6-8 inch logs, and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate for a few hours or over night.
  4. To bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice cheese logs into 1/4 inch rounds and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until cooked through.


Freeze dough logs for future occasions. Let stand at room temperature {or thaw in refrigerator} until you are able to slice through the logs, and bake as directed.

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