If you have missed those crispy Cheez It crackers since going gluten free, I am so excited to share my newest recipe with you. These cheesy crispy Gluten Free Cheez It Crackers taste just like the the real thing! They are flaky and light and full of flavor!

Who used to love eating Cheez Its Crackers? I remember loving them way back when before we went gluten free. My kids would snack on Cheez Its and Goldfish! They are the perfect finger food for snacking!! You can dip them into a hot cream cheese dip, or enjoy them plain!

This cheese cracker recipe is also great for making gluten free goldfish crackers! Check out the directions to make this classic kid snack!

Why these crackers are great:

I can’t say enough about these homemade gluten free cheese crackers! They are buttery with flaky layers, crispy, and full of sharp cheddar cheese flavors!

This dough is really good for using cookie cutters! I used my small star cookie cutter to make some star shaped crackers too! This dough is not that sticky so it easy to work with!

I also have a delicious gluten free sourdough discard crackers recipe to try if you love to make crackers!

Ingredient notes:

Photos of the gluten free cheez its ingredients.
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You are seriously going to love how easy this gluten free cheese crackers recipe is to make! I have only recently started to make crackers because I had this image in my mind that they were difficult to make…I wish I had tried sooner because I was so wrong! Crackers are easy to make, and it is easy to customize flavors!

How to Make Gluten Free Cheez Its:

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Step 1: Add all of your ingredients to a food processor. You want the cheese to get cut up into fine pieces, so mixing by hand will not have the same effect.

Step 2: Mix on medium speed for 30 seconds. This is what your dough will look like. If your dough isn’t easy to work with, your gluten free flour blend may be starchier than what I used. If that is the case, a tiny bit more water will help.

Cheez its steps 3 and 4 photos.

Step 3: Preheat your oven to 375º F. Place your cheese cracker dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Dust your rolling pin with some gluten free flour to prevent sticking.

Step 4: Roll the dough out as thinly as you can, where you can still move the cut pieces of cracker. Use a pizza cutting wheel or pasta cutter to make cracker shapes.

Cheez its steps 5 and 6 photos.

Step 5: After you cut the crackers out, use the pizza wheel to gently move each cracker, so there is a distance between them all. This will prevent them from sticking together as they bake.

Step 6: Use a chopstick to poke a hole into each unbaked cracker. Sprinkle the crackers with coarse salt. You can skip this step if you are trying to be low in sodium.

Cutting out star shapes out of the cheese cracker dough.

Don’t forget; you can use a mini cookie cutter if you prefer to make shapes like stars and goldfish.

Step 7: Bake the crackers for 15 minutes or until golden.

If you love these crackers, you will also love these crispy Gluten Free Cheese Straws!

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Are Cheez Its gluten free?

Regular store-bought Cheez Its are not gluten free, which is why I am so excited about this new recipe for gluten free Cheez Its!

Are the ingredients of Cheez Its healthy?

Unfortunately, besides gluten, regular Cheez Its has many unhealthy ingredients. That is a bonus with my recipe. I use healthy, simple gluten free ingredients.

Is shredded cheese gluten free?

Most shredded cheese is gluten free, but it is very important to always read the labels to verify the shredded cheese you buy is gluten free.

How do you store these gluten free cheese crackers?

I store the crackers in an air-tight container.

How long will these crackers keep fresh?

These crackers should last for up to 3 days. These crackers do not have preservatives like regular store-bought mass-produced crackers, so they will not keep fresh as long.

Star shaped gluten free cheez its in a white bowl.

Here are the baked cheese crackers in star shape!

More delicious gluten free snacks:

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Gluten Free Cheez Its

Sandi Gaertner
Crispy gluten free cheese crackers that are a copycat flavor to Cheez Its. Easy step by step directions to make this popular snack.
4.97 from 76 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Gluten Free Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 286 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese mild or sharp
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt for sprinkling over the crackers

Optional Additional Seasoning:

  • teaspoon onion powder

Instructions
 

  • Add all of your ingredients to a food processor. You want the cheese to get cut up into fine pieces so mixing by hand is not going to have the same effect.
  • Blend the ingredients on medium speed for about 30 seconds. If your dough isn't easy to work with, it is possible your gluten free flour blend is starchier than what I used. If that is the case a tiny bit more water will help.
  • Preheat your oven to 375º F.
  • Place your cheese cracker dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Dust your rolling pin with some gluten free flour to prevent sticking.
  • Roll the dough out as thinly as you can where you can still move the cut pieces of cracker. Use a pizza cutting wheel or pasta cutter to make cracker square or rectangle shapes.
  • You can also use mini sized cookie cutters to cut out shapes like goldfish!
  • After you cut the crackers out, use the pizza wheel to gently move each cracker so there is distance between them all. This will prevent them from sticking together as they bake.
  • Use a chopstick to poke a hole into each unbaked cracker. Sprinkle the crackers with coarse salt. If you are trying to be low sodium, you can skip this step.
  • Bake the crackers for 12-15 minutes, or until golden.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add ½ teaspoon.
  3. I love using sharp cheddar best, but you can use mild. White cheddar will give a slightly different flavor, and it will not turn out with that famous Cheez It orange color.
  4. Because these crackers have no preservatives, they should keep around 2-3 days in an air-tight container. My guess is they will be eaten up much quicker than that though :-).

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1personCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 12gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 883mgPotassium: 41mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 612IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 289mgIron: 1mg
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107 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Awesome and easy. Whole family loves them. Our college aged daughter is newly diagnosed Celiac this summer. She’s been sad about lots of her favorite foods not being easily available – and store bought gluten free “copy cat” version of things like this are very pricy and only so-so on flavor. But we’ve made lots of amazing GF homemade food since her diagnosis and these are among the best – will definitely try more of your recipes.

    Unlike another commenter, the only tweak for us was not going as thin as possible – rather keeping some thickness to them, as the thinnest ones turned into flattened deconstructed cheese crisps (Also super tasty though!).

  2. 5 stars
    Made these today! Doubled the recipe I was so excited to have a cheezeit cracker again. Made them slightly bigger to use as dippers for an olive cream cheese dip! They came together in the food processor so quickly and held together perfectly. I did need to add about a half tbsp extra water. So so good thank you for this recipe!

      1. 5 stars
        These were so easy to make and taste amazing!!! This recipe is one that I will make over and over!!! Thank you!!!

  3. Does your gluten free for flour have to be a type of self rising flour? I don’t see soda or baking powder listed.

  4. 5 stars
    This is just what I wanted. When I had to go gluten free Cheese Itz were something I really missed. I made these last night and they were so easy. I didn’t feel like getting out my food processor, but I used a microplane to grate the cheese and butter really fine and then used a pastry cutter to blend everything like I would when making a pie crust. It worked perfectly. I can’t wait to try these again using different kinds of cheese.

    1. Thank you so much for coming back to let me know you loved this recipe! I love your idea to use a microplane. I am sure it is helpful for readers who don’t own a food processor.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe tastes JUST like regular cheese itz!! I love it, am about to make it for the third time. How long will extra dough last in the fridge / freezer?

  6. 5 stars
    Yum!! Thank you for sharing!! My 2yr old daughter has a gluten allergy and she LOVES cheese crackers!! This is absolutely perfect!!

    *note.. make sure you roll them out thin enough! I made a few thicker ones and it’s like a mini puff pastry and the taste is a little different but still yummy! I used Great Value gf flour and sharp cheddar!!