Parmesan Whole Wheat Crackers

Whole Wheat Parmesan Crackers arranged on a marbled background
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Recipe At-A-Glance
Vegetarian, Whole Grain45 minutes
Skip the box and instead try your hand at making these whole grain Parmesan Whole Wheat Crackers at home. You'll never go back to the box!

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Back before I had a little nugget running around the house, I was the queen of all things homemade. I made my own marshmallows for s’mores when we went camping. I sewed all my own baby wipes before Juniper was born. There were a few years where I even handmade all the Christmas gifts for my large family.

And like all super naive first-time-parents-to-be (there is literally nothing that can prepare you for it—nothing), I assumed I’d just go along in my happy homemaking ways after the ball of cuteness that is Juniper arrived. I even bought a pattern and some new fabric to sew a new travel bag during my maternity leave, because I thought I would have so much free time!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Baked parmesan whole wheat crackers are scattered on a marbled background

It took me a good six months after Juniper was born to accept that I wasn’t going to be the homemade-everything kinda girl I was before. Another six months to not feel guilty about using jarred pasta sauce and buying burp cloths and handing out gift cards to my nieces at Christmas. And another six months to feel proud for doing what was best for me and my family at the time. And now, slowly, a few months after that, I’m beginning to incorporate back in some of my handmaking ways.

The truth is, I still crave homemade. I still desperately love my back to basics tendencies, but I’ve also come to grips with the fact that in order for me to be a good mom, a good wife, a good businessperson, and still take care of myself, I have to let go of some of those desires to be all from scratch all the time. There are some moms who can juggle it all and do it beautifully, and I am so happy for them. I am not one of those moms. So, at least for now, I still buy jarred pasta sauce and my nieces and nephews still get gift cards for birthdays and holidays. And it’s fine.

Crackers sit scattered around a bowl of dip. One cracker sits inside the dip.

But, like I said, now that the nugget is closing in on two (!), some of my old ways are making a return. She’s a little bit more independent, and I (sometimes) get to (almost) sleep through the night, which means I (sometimes) have enough energy to do crazy things like grind my own flour, bake my own whole wheat crackers, and make my own hummus. Which makes my heart very, very happy. My heart sings when I can live a from-scratch life!

Now that I’m back to some of my homemaking ways, I’m back to loving some of my favorite from-scratch-friendly brands. Today, I’m working with one of them—Palouse Brand—to talk about all things wheat berries and hummus!

A rolling pin sits near formed cracker dough.

Palouse is a family farm out of Washington state that focuses on sustainably growing lentils, beans, and wheat berries. I’ve been buying Palouse Brand wheat berries for years (they sell them right on Amazon—even with Prime shipping!) for eating and grinding into flour. Grinding your own flour is one of those things that is something I think everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Freshly ground flour has such a wonderful nutty, fresh flavor to it!

If you get really into grinding your own flour, you can invest in your own flour mill, but if you just want to try it out for funsies, most high-powered blenders or food processors will do the trick. Even a coffee grinder will do it (albeit a tiny bit at a time). Without a highly quality flour mill, don’t expect to get really fine flour—but you can get flour that is ground enough to make a nice rustic loaf of bread. And know that you made it from scratch!

Wheat kernels and ground flour sit in two piles on a marble background.

Let me talk a little bit about these whole wheat crackers! If you’ve never made crackers at home before, you HAVE to try it sometime. The ingredient list is short, it doesn’t take long to make, and they are so much tastier than crackers from the store. I love this recipe because they are 100% whole wheat (using white whole wheat flour that you either grind yourself or grab pre-ground from the store), and have a nice, light cheese flavor. Perfect for dipping in all your favorite hummus recipes!

Whole wheat crackers sit scattered on a marbled background
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These whole wheat crackers will stay good in an airtight container for upwards of a week or two—honestly, you’ll probably eat them all before they even come close to going stale. This recipe makes a decent-sized batch (about four dozen crackers), but I tend to double it so we can snack on them for weeks at a time. Enjoy!

 
Parmesan Whole Wheat Crackers

Parmesan Whole Wheat Crackers

Yield: 4 dozen crackers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Skip the box and instead try your hand at making these whole grain Parmesan Whole Wheat Crackers at home. You'll never go back to the box!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/3–1/2 cup ice cold water
  • Additional salt for topping

Instructions

  1. In the basin of a food processor or in a bowl by hand, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cheese. Pulse or stir until just combined.
  2. Add in the butter and pulse until the butter is chopped a bit smaller than the size of a pea. If doing it by hand, you can cut the butter in using forks or a pastry blender.
  3. Add the water, two tablespoons at a time to the mixture. Pulse or stir until well-distributed. Keep adding water until the mixture holds together into a dough when squeezed.
  4. Dump the mixture onto a floured work surface. Divide into three piles, and then form into discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap, and chill for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°.
  5. Working with one disc at a time, unwrap and discard the plastic wrap. Place the disc on a large piece of parchment paper and roll out until paper thin.
  6. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut dough into 1 1/2" squares. Using a toothpick, dot the tops of the crackers. Then sprinkle with salt.
  7. Transfer the parchment paper, with crackers on top, to a large baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until crispy and golden. Let cool completely.

Notes

You want to roll your dough as thin as possible. It should almost be see-through kind of thin. The final cooking time depends a lot on the thickness of your crackers, so watch the first pan-full closely.

Poking holes in top of the dough isn't just for the cuteness factor, it helps any air pockets from bubbling up and causing bumpy crackers.

When baking, the crackers on the outside of the pan might be done before the others. If you see some that are finished, you can scoop them off the parchment with a spatula and set them out to cool.

These crackers only crisp up when completely cool. They'll still be a bit chewy straight out of the oven.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 8 crackers
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 28Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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9 Responses
  1. The crackers sound really good. I am going to try making them.

    I find that I am able to get back to more of a ‘normal’ routine when my kids are 2 or 2 1/2. By then they are able to play independently for a decent amount of time. That is, unless I have another baby on the hip- which is often 🙂

    1. Cassie

      I keep hearing that most people feel “normal” again starting right around that 2 year mark. The fact that Juni can pretty much keep herself entertained while I workout for a half hour is LIFE-CHANGING!

  2. Carrie

    This might b a silly question (I know you won’t judge), but can I use a fork to make the holes instead of a tooth pick? Just looking to save even more time. 🙂

  3. Kim

    Yay for Palouse Brand! I’m a farm girl from Eastern Wa/Northern Idaho who grew up on a farm that produces these exact things, along with green peas, and barley. Love to see a shout out from one of fave bloggers all the way from the Midwest. 🙂

    1. Cassie

      I feel like one of these farms that grow pulses (I just learned that word the other day!) out West would be my dream vacation spot. Can I go visit your family for vacation? Ha! Is that weird?

      1. Kim

        If you guys ever make it out to Northern Idaho, we’d host ya in a heartbeat. August/September is harvest time around these parts. 🙂

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