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Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-Its Crackers Recipe

Are you searching for a crunchy, cheesy, and salty snack that won’t derail your health journey? Then look no further, I got you! My Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe is guaranteed to hit the spot! You don’t have to give up everything that resembles chips or crackers, you just have to find substitutions that give you the flavors and textures that you are missing so that you don’t feel like you are missing out.

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I don’t mind limiting the gluten in my life, but I don’t have a health condition that demands that I do. However, I have other people in my life who have expressed a need for gluten-free recipes for health and medical reasons because they must follow a strict gluten-free diet. The texture of gluten-free items seems to be the BIGGEST issue for these people who just want to be able to enjoy some of the most basic foods that the rest of us get to enjoy. So, whenever I try to tackle a gluten-free recipe, I pay close attention, not only to the flavor but also to the texture of the finished product. 

This gluten-free cheese crackers recipe has a WONDERFUL TEXTURE and flavor. And I would like to point out that the textures (and flavors obviously) are different with every different kind of cheese that you choose to use. But in our quest to get as close to the real thing as possible, I think this recipe delivers. 

Two pictures of the Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe close up. Cheddar on the right and pepperjack on the left.

The block of sharp cheddar cheese in this recipe produces a super thin and crispy cracker that is a lot more like a chip. The crunch is insane, and it is so satisfying. The block of pepperjack cheese produces a cracker that has a bit more chew to it. It’s more like a cracker. And there is a nice little spice at the end of the bite. 

After the gluten-free crackers came out of the oven my dad, myself, and my daughter all tried one of each and although we enjoyed both of them, we all agreed that the pepperjack crackers were NUMBER ONE. And that’s probably because they are the closest to a homemade Cheez-it. 

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I feel like every week and every meal prep I’m bringing up the Keto diet or low-carb recipes in general and there’s a good reason for that. You see, not only have I been trying to help my dad, but I’ve also tried to get my eating under control and lose some weight. When I was younger, counting calories was what worked for me, and it worked well. And even now I know that a calorie deficit is the way to go.

But something did change for me as I got older and more importantly after I had a hysterectomy in my mid-thirties. My body changed in more ways than one and so did my body’s response to exercise and eating. So, I recognized that it would be a good idea for my thought process about losing weight and eating change too.

A closeup photo of the Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe on a white dish towel.

I said all of that to say this, low-carb coupled with a low-calorie diet seems to be the most effective for me at this stage of my life. It’s been quite an adjustment and I find myself trying to find the perfect snack, recipes, and meals that will keep me full and satisfied while also meeting those criteria. And so… here we are. We are on this journey together and trying to succeed inside and outside of the kitchen.

These gluten-free cheese crackers are healthy in more ways than one. They are relatively low in calories and have no carbs. So they will appeal to a wider audience in the “healthy” eating world. I love recipes that check more than one box. If I can find something delicious that’s not only low-carb, but it’s low-calorie AND gluten-free…

that’s a JACKPOT RECIPE for sure! (It’s very difficult to get all three)

As far as meal prep goes, it doesn’t get any better than this! These gluten-free Cheez-Its are a favorite snack of mine and it’s such an easy recipe. It’s one ingredient, baked in the oven, and very hands-off. While I was baking the crackers, I simply went about my day getting other things done. The 20-minute timer was the perfect bake time for the crispiest cracker and because I knew that each batch would turn out perfectly, I didn’t have to babysit them.

Now because I wanted to make enough of these delicious cheese crackers for the entire week, I did two blocks of cheese. And because I didn’t want the cheese to be crowded on the baking sheet, it took me several batches to get them all done. Now, you could certainly do multiple baking sheets to make this process go a lot easier. I didn’t choose to do more than one baking sheet because I wasn’t in a hurry and I chose to find other things around the house that needed to be done while I was waiting, namely more meal prep. 

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Tips for the Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe:

  • One of the greatest tips I can offer is about the type of cheese you use. Sargento thins are perfect for this recipe for a couple of different reasons. 
    •  They are already sliced thinly. You just need to cut them into squares.
    •  All of the crackers will be the same level of thickness, so the homemade cheese crackers will seem a little less homemade by having uniformity in their size, shape, and texture.
    • You can also use a pizza cutter to cut the thin slices of cheese into squares. (Now, I don’t recommend using a pizza cutter for the blocks of cheese. That would almost be impossible.)
    • You can poke a hole in the center of the thin slices of cheese to make these crackers look exactly like a copycat recipe. I tried to do that with my cheese slices, but unfortunately, the hole closed in once the cheese melted in the oven. I think that is less likely to happen if you have thinner cheese. Or you could always do it when you take them out of the oven.

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Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe Ingredients:

A picture of the blocks of cheese used to make the Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe.
  • 8 oz. block of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. block of pepper jack cheese

Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe Instructions:

  • ​First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • Second, put a piece of parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  • Third, cut the blocks of cheese in half.
A woman cutting the block of cheese in half lengthwise.
  • Next, slice the 2 blocks of cheese into little squares with a sharp knife.
A picture of the cheddar block cut in half lengthwise and a picture of the thickness of each slice.
  • Then, place the square slices of cheese onto the parchment paper. (Make sure that the squares of cheese aren’t too close together because they will melt together. I did 4×4 on the tray and it was perfect.)
A picture of the uncooked Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the baking sheet with the cheese squares into the 300-degree oven for 20 minutes.
  • ​Remove the cheese crackers from the oven after 20 minutes and they are crispy and golden brown.
Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe just out of the oven on parchment paper and crispy.
  • Slide the sheet of parchment paper with the cooked cheese crackers on it off of the baking sheet and onto your table or countertop to cool.
  • Then, place another piece of parchment paper onto the baking sheet and do another layer of cheese squares to bake. (You will alternate the pieces of parchment paper in between each batch.)
A baking sheet with squares of cheddar cheese on parchment paper ready to bake.
  • Bake the second batch of cheesy crackers for 20 minutes.
  • By the time the next batch of crackers is done, the previous crackers should be cooled enough to handle and placed into a bowl or directly into a Ziplock bag. (You can see this better in the video)
  • Repeat this process until all of the crackers have been baked and cooled.
  • Finally, place the crunchy crackers into a Ziplock bag or an airtight container to enjoy for the week!
A woman tasting the Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe and placing them into a Ziploc bag.

Variations for the Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe:

  • Try different types of cheese: White cheddar Cheese, Colby Jack, etc… 
  • Season your cheese with a sprinkling of:
    • black pepper – a little bit goes a long way. It will add a little spice.
    • garlic powder – Who doesn’t love garlic and cheese together? 
    • coarse salt – Salt will bring out the real cheese flavor even more.
    • onion powder – This seasoning is good on everything… just think of seasoned gf crackers. Sounds good to me!

Storage for the Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe:

  • Store the crackers in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

What are the Macros for the Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe:

Makes 123 servings (Nutritional information below is for 1 serving = 1 cracker)

  • Calories – 13.6
  • Protein –.8 grams
  • Carbs – 0 (net)
  • Fat – 1.1 grams

Check out some of my other healthy recipes!

Whipped Cottage Cheese Dip Recipe – French Onion

Low-Calorie Chocolate Oreo Fluff

Gluten-Free Lemon Pound Cake

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Jessie Thompson
Are you searching for a crunchy, cheesy, and salty snack that won't derail your health journey? Then look no further, I got you! My Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe is guaranteed to hit the spot! You don't have to give up everything that resembles chips or crackers, you just have to find substitutions that give you the flavors and textures that you are missing so that you don't feel like you are missing out.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 123 crackers
Calories 13.6 kcal

Equipment

  • 1` Baking tray (if you want this to go faster, I would use more than one so that you can cook more than one batch at a time.)
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. block of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. block of pepper jack cheese

Instructions
 

  • First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • Second, put a piece of parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  • Third, cut the blocks of cheese in half.
  • Next, slice the 2 blocks of cheese into little squares with a sharp knife.
  • Then, place the square slices of cheese onto the parchment paper. (Make sure that the squares of cheese aren’t too close together because they will melt together. I did 4×4 on the tray and it was perfect.)
  • Place the baking sheet with the cheese squares into the 300-degree oven for 20 minutes.
  • ​Remove the cheese crackers from the oven after 20 minutes and they are crispy and golden brown.
  • Slide the sheet of parchment paper with the cooked cheese crackers on it off of the baking sheet and onto your table or countertop to cool.
  • Then, place another piece of parchment paper onto the baking sheet and do another layer of cheese squares to bake. (You will alternate the pieces of parchment paper in between each batch.)
  • Bake the second batch of cheesy crackers for 20 minutes.
  • By the time the next batch of crackers is done, the previous crackers should be cooled enough to handle and placed into a bowl or directly into a Ziplock bag. (You can see this better in the video)
  • Repeat this process until all of the crackers have been baked and cooled.
  • Finally, place the crunchy crackers into a Ziplock bag or an airtight container to enjoy for the week!

Notes

What are the Macros for the Gluten-Free Copycat Cheez-its Crackers Recipe:
Makes 123 servings (Nutritional information below is for 1 serving = 1 cracker)
Calories – 13.6
Protein –.8 grams
Carbs – 0 (net)
Fat – 1.1 grams
Keyword Baked, Healthy, High Protein, Low calorie, low carb

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