Do you have an affection for Ritz crackers but know in your heart they are not good for you? The ingredient list reads like a chemical mixture rather than a food you should eat.
I have always liked the crackers but rarely buy them because I know that they have no nutritional value, are easy to eat a million of at a time, and have empty calories. However, when I make soup, the whole family gets a bit sad if there aren’t crackers to go with it.
So, I set about finding a way to make homemade Ritz crackers using whole wheat flour and wholesome ingredients.
Here’s the result and I have to say they are pretty tasty and cute to boot!
I used a food processor for these crackers and it was so fast it was ridiculous. I think it took me about 2 minutes to put everything together and mix it up.
Once you have the dough mixed, roll out your homemade Ritz cracker dough as thin as you can get it. I use dowel rods on either side of my long silicone rolling pin to get it perfectly even. You do not have to use the dowel rods but it makes it easier to get the dough thin.
Once you have the dough as thin as you like it, use a cookie cutter to make small round crackers. Then, using those same handy dowel rods or other sharp object, poke holes in each cracker. The holes allow air to circulate more freely when the crackers are baking.
Place each cracker on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. I test them at the 12 minute mark by picking one up (carefully) and breaking an edge off. It shouldn’t go “crunch” or else you’ve overcooked them. It should lightly break with a little resistance. If you get that consistency when done baking, when the cracker cools, it crisps up perfectly.
I sprinkle a little Kosher salt on them before I put them in the oven because I do not add salt to the recipe. Your choice though. 🙂
One batch makes me 110 crackers, but they are slightly smaller than traditional Ritz crackers. The nutrition information is at the bottom of the recipe.
- 175g self-raising flour
- 50g margarine
- 50g caster sugar
- 2 Medium eggs
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 200g chocolate
- sugar (a sprinkling for a crunchy top)
|Place the flour and caster sugar into a bowl and create a well in the middle for the other ingredients. |
Mix the eggs, vanilla extract, milk and margarine and then pour it into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
Mix well until it is lump free and then break the chocolate into small pieces and add them.
|Pour the muffin mixture into a muffin tin filling each mould up to two thirds full. |
Place a block of chocolate into the middle of each muffin. Then sprinkle some sugar over the top of each.
|Cook for around 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 200ºC / 390ºF / gas mark 5. After 18 minutes or so check to see if they are cooked enough. |
Insert a knife into one of the muffins and if no mixture is on the knife then they are cooked!
Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before eating.
Let me know if you try these – I think your family will love them and you will feel good about serving a homemade cracker that has only natural ingredients. If you are trying to lose weight, these are not low fat nor calorie free. But if you control your portion sizes you will be just fine. Diane