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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chili Cheese Spritz Crackers

These crackers are cute as can be and packed fulled of cheddar, chili and just a bit of kick.

flower shaped cheese crackers

      Chili season is upon us! That means there's a pot on the stove and a game on the TV almost every weekend. The back door is open, come on over!

       Most of the time I make a venison chili with a mix of lots of beans and whatever else strikes my fancy. No two pots are the exact same, but they are similar and my husband's favorite.

        Every once in a while I will throw in a batch of Maw-Maw's chili mac. It is a very mild hamburger chili that also has macaroni noodles in it. It is the chili variation I remember eating most when I was growing up.

bowl of chili and three flower shaped crackers

       Now every once in a while I like to switch it up even more with something like the Apple Ale Pumpkin Chili that is kissed with the taste of fall. I love a good white chili as well, but I can't call it chili around my husband. It doesn't meet the definition of chili in his eyes, but you are welcome to serve him a bowl as soup. 😉

     No matter which chili variation we are serving, it's really all about the toppings. If there isn't sour cream and cheese available there will likely be a revolt!

    Sometime we crunch up tortilla chips or corn chips in there as well. But we now have a new favorite, chili cheese crackers!

cookie press filled with cracker dough and some crackers pressed out onto cookie sheet

      MiMi shared a recipe for cheese crackers very early on in the blog.  I was tempted to remake those and update the pictures, but the cookie press was calling my name.  I have the cutest fall inserts and I've been dying to play with them. Of course cookies would be fun, but crackers would be too!

     I was tempted to just try MiMi's dough in the press, but I was feeling a little spicy. So I had to kick it up a notch! Some chili powder and hot sauce added the fun punch I was looking for.

     Little Dude had fun using the cookie press.  We did some as intended, but made most of the crackers with two pumps instead of one.

   We loved the way they looked and it made for a heartier cracker. I baked them off and put them in a container waiting for chili time to come.

bowl of pumpkin chili with crackers on top

     That's when my husband came in and snatched one. He thought they were some sort of spritz cookie so you can imagine the surprised look on his face when he bit into one!  He was expecting sweet and got a cheesy chili wallop instead.

     Ha! Poor guy, you'd think he'd expect the unexpected by now. But to be fair it is pretty common for me to have containers of sweets laying around!

     Have you ever made your own crackers? They are easier than you'd think! What flavor variations would you try first?

More fun cracker recipes:

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side dish
Yield: 60 crackers
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Chili Cheese Spritz Crackers

Chili Cheese Spritz Crackers

These crackers are cute as can be and packed fulled of cheddar, chili and just a bit of kick.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 25 M


  • 1 pound cheddar cheese, preferably block cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. In your food processor, pulse cheese until it is broken into small crumbs.
  3. Add butter and pulse a couple of times to mix
  4. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until the dough just comes together.
  5. Load into a cookie press and extrude onto baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes. (We did a lot of ours with two squeezes instead of one for heartier crackers. These needed baked for closer to 16 minutes.)
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These crackers are cute as can be and packed fulled of cheddar, chili and just a bit of kick.


  1. I would have loved to see the look on your husbands face when he bit into that cracker, ha ha! They are so pretty in the perfect fall soup complement! I bet they really pack a punch of flavor too!!

    1. He was surprised, that is for sure! They were perfect with the chili!

  2. I have never made crackers and these are so cute and sound wonderful!

  3. Hi Carlee, there are two different types of chilli I associate with winter chilli which I love and chilly which I hate. This weekend I really must get some beans soaking and make a nice pot of chilli. Your cheese and chilli crackers sound tasty and not just to go with chilli...

    I got a cookie press last year, but didn't have much success using it, I really must give it another go.


    1. I'm a bigger fan of chili than chilly as well! These will help warm you up with some soup for sure!

  4. I was hoping you would share this recipe when I saw them with the chili!!! Thank you :) :) And I will make a huge note for my husband to be forewarned that this is not a cookie!!

    1. Ha! Or he'll get the surprise of his life!

  5. These will be perfect crackers to go with your awesome chili! I really appreciate you sharing your awesome post and your talent with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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