Homemade Wheat Thins

by amy on 23 February 2014

Homemade Wheat Thins

Today, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

I was assigned the blog Enriching Your Kid by Shirley. She has a ton of wonderful recipes, but her Homemade Wheat Thins caught my eye immediately. I’ve made Homemade Cheez-Its before, + they turned out SO wonderful (really, put ‘em on your to-make list!), so I was intrigued to try another homemade cracker. I had all of the ingredients already in the house, so I got bakin’. The dough came together super quickly, it was simple to roll out + cut, + they baked up in no time. And y’all, the end result was delicious. A crisp, flavorful, hearty little cracker with a teeny bit of sweetness + a burst of salty bite. We absolutely loved them! As you can see in the picture below, I made half with the traditional Wheat Thin shape (flat edges) + half with crinkled edges. Both were delicious, but I prefer the slightly fancier-looking crinkled edges. =)

Thank you to Shirley for introducing me to this super scrumptious snack + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

Homemade Wheat Thins

Homemade Wheat Thins

makes about 80 crackers, adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures + Enriching Your Kid

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for topping
1/4 teaspoon paprika
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Add the flour, sugar, salt and paprika to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl. Then, using a pastry blender, mix the butter into the dry ingredients thoroughly. Combine the water and vanilla in a small measuring cup. Add to the butter/flour mixture and mix until a smooth dough forms. Add a bit more water if your dough seems too dry.

Divide dough into 4 pieces. Work with one piece at a time, keeping the others covered with a towel so they don’t dry out. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle, rolling the dough as thin as possible (1/16-inch thick at most). Use a pizza cutter or pastry wheel to cut the rectangle into squares about 1 – 1 .5 inches wide.

Transfer the dough squares to the prepared baking sheets. You don’t need to leave much space in between the crackers. Sprinkle the squares lightly with salt. Repeat the rolling and cutting process with the remaining 3 pieces of dough.

Bake the crackers, one sheet at a time, until crisp and lightly browned, about 5-10 minutes. The crackers can burn quickly so you want to keep a close eye on them. Once lightly browned and crisp, transfer to a plate to cool. Store the crackers in an airtight container.

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes February 24, 2014 at 1:05 am

Secret recipe club?? Sounds like so much fun! Love that you made wheat thins at home.. I used to eat these all the time and haven’t had them in a while.

2 Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

Wheat Thins are my secret addiction. (Well, not so secret anymore!). Your version looks fantastic, and I like the fancy edges, too. Nicely done for SRC!

3 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 24, 2014 at 7:58 am

I made wheat thins once and they were so good. Love that you used a sawtooth cutter.

4 Renee - Kudos Kitchen February 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

I love making homemade crackers and these look yummy. I’m surprised by the addition of vanilla but am intrigued. I must try making these ASAP. Nice choice for SRC!

5 amy February 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

Renee, i was surprised by the addition of vanilla, too, but I just went with it! Since whole wheat flour can be quite ‘earthy,’ I think that tiny bit of sweetness helps cut through it.

6 SallyBR February 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

What a fun project for a weekend, I must absolutely make crackers more often…

Loved your choice for Reveal Day, hope you are enjoying the day!

7 danielle February 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

I love wheat thins but unfortunately I made the mistake of reading the ingredients and learning that they are not as healthy as I thought. This sounds like a perfect fix for my wheat thin craving.

8 amy February 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

Absolutely, Danielle! This way you get the same awesome flavor, but with none of the preservatives/artificial stuff. =)

9 Leah | So, How's It Taste? February 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

I like the crinkled edges, too! I’m such a fan of wheat thins and I haven’t attempted homemade crackers yet. Gotta make these!

10 Natalie @ The Sweets Life February 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

Thinking this will be a naptime project sometime this week! I’ve had them bookmarked since Tracey made them and now you reminded me :)

11 amy February 24, 2014 at 10:34 am

They were a naptime project for me, too, Natalie! =) Hope you try ‘em soon and love ‘em as much as we did!

12 Rebekah @ Making Miracles February 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

I love the idea of homemade snacks like this – what a great pick this month!

13 easyfoodsmith February 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

Wheat thins are so addictive and I love to munch and snack on them with some hummus or a dip.

14 Beth February 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

What a great snack recipe! I love the crinkled edges too.

15 Lesley Eats February 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Huh, that recipe looks easier than I thought it would. I might try that after all!

16 amy February 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

It was surprisingly easy – I was able to knock it out in one naptime. =)

17 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction February 24, 2014 at 3:08 pm

My husband goes through so many boxes of wheat thins! I’m going to have to give these a try!

18 Adri February 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I always enjoy your Secret Recipe Club posts, but this one rocks my world. I adore Wheat Thins! Thanks!

19 amy February 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Awww, thanks Adri! =)

20 sarah k @ the pajama chef February 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm

these look so good amy! great src recipe :) i need to make homemade crackers more often.

21 Melissa February 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Wheat Thins are my favorite kind of cracker. I’ve tried to make something similar before and have forgotten how simple it is. Thanks for reminding me! Great pick this month :)

22 Tara February 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm

These look great! I made soda crackers for the first time last month. Need to give these a try too!

23 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel February 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I LOVE making my own wheat thins! I add olive oil and rosemary for a little flavor twist– so yummy! I love the pretty edges on yours!

24 amy February 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Oooh, love your idea of adding rosemary!

25 avril February 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Hi Amy!

Fabulous SRC pick! Not only do your crackers look yummy but completely adorable too! I had your blog as my SRC assignment this month. I loved every moment that I have spent at your blog. Unfortunately, between having a terrible head cold and commitments that were unexpected today I have been quite late in posting my blog post. FINALLY it’s up! I am so sorry about my tardiness. I apologize profusely!!
HUGS,
~avril :-)
p.s. I made your Caramel Nutella Crumb Bars :-)

26 amy February 24, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Don’t you worry one bit about it! I hope you’re feeling lots better + got all your commitments taken care of. Cheers!

27 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories February 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Oh my gosh those are so cute!! I definitely need to make these!!! Awesome photo too.

28 Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen February 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Yesssss, one of my FAVORITE snack foods! You are amazing!

29 Kirstin February 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Yum. I’ve tried making homemade crackers and they are so good!

30 Shirley February 25, 2014 at 1:04 am

Super! Well done! I can see that its a hit!

31 Jess February 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Mmmmm I’m a sucker for wheat thins! I’ll have to give these a try when Oliver is a little older!

32 Amy (Savory Moments) February 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Oooohhh I used to LOVE wheat thins, but I haven’t had them in years. I love this homemade version – they look delicious!

33 Kelly February 26, 2014 at 5:35 am

These look great Amy, so pretty with the crinkled edges! I love homemade cheez-its and can’t wait to try these homemade wheat thins! I just have to learn to pace myself and not eat the entire batch at once cuz it sounds so good :)

34 Sammie February 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

I’ve never thought of making my own wheat thins! This is a great idea! And your crinkled edges are too cute!

35 girl by the lake February 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm

oh these look so fun! I’ve been toying with the idea of making some more homemade snacks (outside of my current dip phase), and these don’t look too difficult! I’m not sure I’d be able to resist creating different flavors with fun seasonings (similar to what the Wheat Thins brand does today). I could see a sriracha flavor being interesting…or pesto…or (dare I say it) truffle??? The possibilities are endless!

36 amy February 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Ooh, love the idea of playing around with different flavors! Pesto or sundried tomato would be faaaaabulous. YUM!

37 Anna (Hidden Ponies) February 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I’ve had homemade wheat thins on my to-do list for quite awhile – thanks for the reminder! Yours turned out perfectly!

38 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

I’ve always wanted to try homemade crackers, and these look super easy, Amy! I love that they’re all whole wheat, too. So delish and perfect for dipping!

39 Donalyn@The Creekside Cook February 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Oh, so tasty looking! I love making my own crackers and this recipe looks like it will have the taste we like so well – thanks!

40 Karen (Back Road Journal) February 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Delicious without having preservatives.

41 The Wimpy Vegetarian March 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I love that you made wheat-thins! What a great SRC pick this month!!

42 Monet March 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

What a great way to make one of my favorite snacks even better. I always hate reading the back of a wheat thin box. So many ingredients that I’m not happy about! I’m eager to make my own!

43 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm

This is such a awesome idea because goodness I can eat a whole lot of wheat thins.

44 JJ - 84thand3rd March 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I missed these on reveal day – I love homemade crackers! Great pick :)

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