Baked Cheese Crisps

Cheez-Its. They are my kryptonite. Can anyone relate?

Baked cheese is not my invention but I appreciate it, as I do snacks like “Just the Cheese.” But…I’m a single mom with two kids, a dog and a cat to feed all on one meager salary so…sometimes a Foodie’s gotta do what a Foodie’s gotta do.

So here’s how I get my Cheez-It fix on the cheap. This is the simplest thing I’ve probably ever posted on this blog. There are two ingredients. Cheese and cheese.

So here’s how it goes down.

Step One:

The beauty of these things is they work with a variety of cheese qualities. Here, as you can see, I’ve used budget ingredients 😉

Choose your cheese(s). You can use one type of cheese or several. You can also add things in. I like spicy stuff, so I’ve done Mexican blend with a pinch of ground Chipotle pepper in it. I’ve done Parmesan/Romano (with a teeny bit of mozzarella) with a pinch of Italian spices. Let your imagination go wild! Here I did Colby Jack and Parmesan. It’s an unlikely combo but then I’m an unlikely girl 🙂

I use full-fat cheese. I suspect this will still work with low-fat cheese but the cook times might be longer as reduced fat cheeses don’t tend to melt as fast as full-fat. I do not know about fat free cheese because, frankly, it frightens me. 🙂

If you are using one cheese, measure out a serving of it for each person who will partake. If you are using more than one cheese, use equal parts of each.

Step Two:




Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. While it’s heating up, line a baking sheet with parchment paper (not aluminum foil, not non-stick cooking spray on the cookie sheet…parchment paper). Lay out your cheese however you want. I like to mix mine up a bit. You may like it layered. It’s yo’ thang. Do what you wanna do!

You can also do one big cheese crisp and break it up or do little rounds (I’m showing both ways in this post). Or heck…get creative. Make cheesy hearts if you wanna!

Step Three:


This is where the journey gets highly personal. When I researched how to make this, most sources said bake for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is very browned around the edges and lightly browned in the middle. In my oven, however, this took more like 13 minutes. Your mileage may vary. I’d say start checking on it at 7 minutes and let it go until it looks like this:

Or like this if you are doing rounds:

I love you too  much to lie to you, Foodies. The rounds got made because I made the big one…and the kids ate it before I could take a final pic!!!

Step Four:


This is, by far, the hardest part. Turn off the oven and walk away! The cheese crisps will continue to cook a bit on the hot cookie sheet but that will just contribute to them being crispier. But they MUST cool to be crispy. So you want crisps? Walk away!

Step Five:


When you come back you should have little pieces of cheesy heaven! And one note: If you overcook the cheese, no worries! (Unless it’s burnt black…that tends to be…yucky…). When trying to get down exactly how long it took for these to cook I overcooked quite a few batches and both the divas and I still loved them!

Now, since you’ve only used one portion of cheese (which is what I’d use in any recipe where I  use cheese) to me these could be a snack. But most of the time, in my eternal weirdness) I find myself doing other things with them. Like dipping them in Greek yogurt ranch dip. Or crumbling over a salad. Or tossing atop a bowl of soup (that didn’t work out so well for me by the way).

Whatever way you choose to do it, this will definitely give you your cheesy fix. Enjoy!

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7 comments

  1. I'm pretty sure I'll hate you for posting this…. just show a cheese addict more ways to eat cheese…. now, I just need to get myself together and NOT walk over to the fridge and get the cheese out 🙂
    Still, thanks for sharing 🙂
    CJ

  2. I love cheese! I saw a news report that cheese is addictive because it has a natural type of an opoid in . But it wont harm you.

  3. And you will love this Target has their brand cheese in taco flavor. It is cheese with taco seasoning, so if you like it a bit spicy, then that might be for you. Hmm I will have to try this. I have ummm some cheese in the fridge.

  4. You can make them in the microwave as well

  5. Also can make pizza flavored cheese crackers by putting pizza toppings in the mix! YUM!

  6. My first time on this site! It is great!
    Johnna
    johnnakennedy@hotmail.com

  7. I do a similar breakfast “burrito”…in a heated 6″ non stick skillet, I tear up half of a 6” whole wheat burrito shell into pieces and spread over bottom of skillet. Cover with shredded cheese, Colby Jack, cheddar, or whatever your preference. Then I sprinkle 2tbsp of bacon bits or Turkey bacon bits over cheese. Let cook and brown until all cheese is melted and edges are crispy …the longer it Brown’s, the crisper it gets. Slide onto parchment paper and let cool slightly…cut into wedges with pizza wheel and cool completely or until you are ready to eat them. Grandsons like these and half of the six inch round is a serving…