Jalapeño Cheddar Crackers

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Here’s a random question: Are any of you fans of the show Gilmore Girls? I used to watch the program every week with my mom back when it started in 2000. Back then, we’d eat a big bowl of popcorn while we watched the show, but nowadays when I watch reruns on Netflix, I’ve got a big glass of wine with some jalapeño cheddar crackers. It’s a great show with a great snack to go along with it. Who can resist the witty, fast-paced dialogue of mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore? Or the sweet, yet tumultuous relationship between Lorelai and the local diner owner, Luke? And what about the charming town of Stars Hollow? Stars Hollow has always been everything I’ve ever wanted when it comes to the dream place to live. For those of you who may not have watched the show, Stars Hollow is the fictional town that the main characters reside in. It’s made to look like a New England-type small town located in Connecticut, about half an hour or so from the real-life town of Hartford. It’s the kind of town where everyone knows everyone; a place where cozy little coffee shops, bookstores, and picturesque inn’s can be found on every corner; a place where every holiday and random event that can be celebrated WILL be celebrated…by the entire community.  

jalapeno cheddar crackers

While re-watching the show on Netflix, I started to wonder more and more whether there was a real-life version of my favorite fictional town, and if so, where it was. I did a simple Google search and I was amazed at how many people shared my interest. There are pages and pages of people asking which real city was the inspiration behind Stars Hollow, or where one could find a city that’s similar. Answers varied, but most of the cities recommended were cities that were, of course, located in the New England region. I actually haven’t traveled to many of the states and cities located in upper East Coast region, so my little bit of Stars Hollow research really inspired me to make a trip. I thought I’d ask you guys too whether you recommend any particular cities that I must visit for some New England small town charm? Just a couple that have been thrown at me from friends are Kennebunkport, Maine and Woodstock, Vermont. I’d love to get your guys’ suggestions!

jalapeno cheddar crackers

In the meantime, I suggest you make these jalapeño cheddar crackers so that you have a snack to munch on while you watch the show too, or just for your next Friday night get-together. These jalapeño cheddar crackers are so marvelous in so many ways. First of all, how cool is it to make your own crackers? I served these jalapeño cheddar crackers to my French friends that visited me a few weeks ago from France, and they positively loved them. One of them told me he could just sit there and devour all the crackers on the plate in one sitting. And the weird thing is, he said he usually doesn’t like cheese! (I know, a French person that doesn’t like cheese? What??) Even though the crackers are loaded with sharp cheddar cheese, they’re also incredibly buttery, which is what makes them so irresistible. The cheese with the butter is what elevates these crackers into being gourmet crackers rather than a boxed cheese snack that lacks depth of flavor. The minced jalapeño is also a splendid way of cutting through the cheesy and buttery flavors of the crackers, giving them a little heat and pizzazz. 

jalapeno cheddar crackers

I love serving these jalapeño cheddar crackers with cocktails because they’re easy to nibble on, and they’re a wonderful salty alternative to a predictable bowl of nuts. I’m also a big fan of these crackers because the recipe yields a large batch. I usually end up with an extra half of crackers, which I just store in a ziplock bag and freeze until I want to use again. And unlike most items that are frozen, these don’t really require much time to thaw or bake before they’re ready to be enjoyed. I just spread the frozen crackers out on a baking sheet and pop them into an oven to warm up for a few minutes to release their tantalizing scent and flavors. I could imagine these jalapeño cheddar crackers would also go very well with a nice bowl of soup; maybe a nice bowl of New England clam chowder? 😉

jalapeno cheddar crackers

Jalapeño Cheddar Crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 14 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 5 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp minced seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 3 tbsp ice water
  • 1 tbsp egg beaten with 1 milk, for egg wash

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a large bowl. Add in the cubed butter and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour. Alternatively, you can do this entire step in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles course meal.
  2. Add the grated cheddar, minced jalapeño, and chili powder; mix with a spoon, or pulse in the food processor. Stream in a little bit of ice water, stirring the mixture until it begins to turn into a dough and form into a ball.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a floured board and roll it into a 14-inch log. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the log into 3/8 inch thick slices and place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the crackers with the egg wash before baking them approximately 15 minutes until the crackers are golden brown. Let them cool on a cooling rack until their firm up a bit.
  5. Serve barely warm.

31 thoughts on “Jalapeño Cheddar Crackers”

  1. I’ve never watched Gilmore Girls, but have heard about it. It seems to be quite popular. New England sounds like a lovely diversion and although I’ve never been, It’s a place I’d love to visit. You know, depending on the experience you want, there are some quaint beach towns in North Carolina too. It’s been 12 years since I’ve been, but I have very fond memories. And there’s nothing wrong with binge watching Netflix. Sometimes in our hurried, hectic lives, we need that! I could definitely snack on these crackers while watching Netflix. The flavors, Beeta!! The cheese and jalapeño are ingredients that make my mouth water! Can you imagine these dipped in a cool ranch type dressing or like you mentioned, a big bowl of soup? OMGeee! Thank you for this! xx

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  2. Oh boy, do these look delicious. I can think of TOO many ways to serve these: with soup, with a simple salad, with Champagne, alongside a brothy soup….

    I’ve never seen Gilmore Girls, but you’ve piqued my interest.

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    • Thank you, Marissa! These crackers go well with all your ideas…which have also made me very hungry now!! :p Also, you must see Gilmore Girls – it’s a great show!! XO

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    • Thanks so much Louise! They are definitely dangerous!! 😉 and there are so many beautiful places in the U.S.! I have yet to see so many of them still too 🙂

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  3. Beeta, I love homemade cheese crackers so much (especially spicy ones) and your recipe looks delicious! Easy too, which is what I like 🙂 I moved to New England from my home state of Florida a few years ago and my favorite small town is Ogunquit (name means beautiful place by the sea) on the Maine seacoast. I was lucky enough to live there for a year before moving to New Hampshire. We lived right in town and right next door to the ocean, the best candy store in the world (all handmade and family owned for generations), bakery, old fashioned toy store, old movie theater, and some of the most fabulous restaurants I’ve ever been to (Five-O Shore was our favorite and I felt like Norm on Cheers every time I walked in). The town even has a quaint village market store where they sell local produce, wine, cheeses, etc. There’s Perkins Cove (an artist cove with tons of art galleries) and Marginal Way (a scenic walking trail along the rocky ocean cliffs) and the Ogunquit Playhouse is right down the street. You should Google it and look for videos on YouTube that people have taken of walking around the town. It gets crazy in the summer and the best time to visit is in the Spring or Fall so it’s less crowded. It was the best place for me to live during my first New England winter season because even if we had a really bad snow storm, places would still be open. We would walk to a restaurant and everyone knows each other so it was always like a big dinner party! AND it doesn’t matter how much wine you drink at dinner or how much it is snowing outside because you walk home!!! Yay!! I could go on and on! It was the best time ever and I would love to own a summer place there one day. Look it up and if you decide to come visit, please let me know if you have any questions about planning the trip. Also, I’ll come over to meet you for lunch one day 🙂

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    • Thank you SO much Karrie!! Wow I just looked up the town and I am in LOVE! It’s exactly the kind of town I would love to live in!! If you don’t mind, I am going to email you with questions!! Eeep I can’t wait!! I would love nothing more than to have lunch with you in NE! Xoxo

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  4. These look delicious and would be perfect for having friends over for a show or movie. Love the idea about freezing them so they are ready to bake when you need them.

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  5. Oh I love cheese crackers! Totally never thought to make them at home, I must try! Oh I am a huge gilmore girls fan! The closest thing I’ve ever seen on TV to Stars Hollow was Bluebell from Hart of Dixie! I just love that small town feel where everything is celebrated and there are so many quirky characters. I did a Warner Bros Studio tour a few years ago and got to walk through ‘Stars Hollow’ as it was. And also wander into Lorelai and Sookie’s house! So much fun!

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    • Thank you, Jess! That is sooo cool that you got to see the Stars Hollow set! It’s funny because I live about 1 hour away from the Warner Bros Studio and I never went to see the set! I should have 🙁 I also love Bluebell too (and Hart of Dixie). I agree, the best part is the fact that there are quirky people and everything is celebrated! :p

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  6. These crackers look so good Beeta. I love jalapenos almost too much! I would probably have to add more cheese on top of these. Naughty I know.

    Nice to see you used a good English cheese like Cheddar. x

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