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cheddar wafers

I don’t have fond memories of cheddar wafers.

Sure, they taste delicious and are pretty much the simplest thing ever to bake, but when I was doing my culinary externship at a fancy schmancy yacht club in Florida, I was put on cheddar wafer duty.

Yes, cheddar wafer duty.

Once a week, I would spend four hours making a batch of 500 quarter-sized wafers. All the cheese had to be grated by hand (obviously) and once, I almost grated my finger off in the process. But that’s a different story for a different post. I sweated. I groaned. I ate a lot of cheese.

I haven’t so much as thought about cheddar wafers for two years now. Until yesterday afternoon, that is.

I was defrosting a tupperware full of black eyed pea stew and really wanted some sort of cracker/bread/cheese/thing to go with it. I ran out of my beloved Central Market green chili hatch tortilla chips last month and have been crying ever since.

So while I was pulling out random eye pillows and fig newtons from my fridge, I saw that I had a LOT of cheddar cheese. And by a lot, I mean three 16-oz bags.

sidenote: Chef would kill me if he knew I didn’t grate the cheese by hand for these crackers, but I’m pretty sure he has completely forgotten about both me and the cheddar wafers by now. Gulp.

The little cheesy wafer I came up with isn’t exactly the same as the ones I broke my back cranking out two years ago. That would be too painful. These are delicious though! And ridiculously quick to make.

They taste like cheese-its in the best way possible, and it’s very easy to eat an entire stack and then wonder where your life has gone. That was just me five minutes ago.

Has it been five minutes already? Oops.

I would serve these cheddar wafers with creamy tomato soup, black eyed pea stew, cheddar cheese, buffalo chicken dip (hellooo super bowl parties!), creamy white chicken chili and more cheddar cheese. ‘Cause you haven’t really lived until you’ve topped a homemade cheddar wafer with a big chunk of sharp cheddar cheese.

It’s snack time.

Cheddar Wafers

makes about 3 dozen small wafers

Print this recipe!

1 stick butter, melted

2 eggs

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp ground white pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 cups all purpose flour

Preheat your oven to 350.

Whisk together the melted butter and eggs until creamy. Add the cheese and mix until combined. Add the baking powder, salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and flour and mix well.

Roll out dough onto a floured surface until it’s a little less than 1/4th inch thick. Cut out small circles with cookie cutters and place onto a parchment paper lined sheet tray.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden.

**cheddar wafers are also easily baked and then stuck in the freezer, where they’ll stay fresh for up to three months.

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    February 2, 2011 at 5:02 am

    My first thought was that I’d love to top a cheddar wafer with a big chunk of cheese. Glad to see that’s totally acceptable!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 2, 2011 at 5:03 am

    i feel like those would go perfectly with ranch…why? i don’t know…that’s just what we did in Texas! i like the cheese on the cheddar wafer idea though šŸ˜‰

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    February 2, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Wow. These look amazing. I only discovered cheddar in crackers/biscuits with Dr. Krackers and I’ve been a convert ever since. So good!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    February 2, 2011 at 5:13 am

    So cheddar goes in them…and on top right? Cause that’s how I do my cheese šŸ˜‰

    I always associate cheddar with only orange cheese – not white! I want to make buns with cheese. Seen a recipe for Goat Cheese Biscuits…mmm…do Cheddar Rolls please?!

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    February 2, 2011 at 5:13 am

    There’s definitely no shame in not grating your own cheese….or in topping a cheese cracker with more cheese. I would hold my head high and do both šŸ˜‰

    • jenna
      February 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

      if topping a cheese cracker with a ridiculously large amount of cheese is wrong, i never want to be right.

  • foodandfarm
    February 2, 2011 at 5:13 am

    These look amazing, and would go great with steak. or bacon.

  • Amanda (Eating Up)
    February 2, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Wafer is a funny word! These cheddar wafers are serious business though.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    February 2, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I love cheddar wafers! These look great šŸ™‚

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    February 2, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Yum, that would be a great snack for Super Bowl Sunday šŸ™‚

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    February 2, 2011 at 5:19 am

    oh goodness….these sound so great, as usual jenna!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    February 2, 2011 at 5:20 am

    These look so tasty and impressive! I can’t wait to make a big ol’ batch. And I think I would buy the pregrated cheese as well. šŸ˜‰

  • Meghan
    February 2, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Oh, I have to make these! I have a thing for any cheese cracker: goldfish, cheez-its, annie’s…at least there is real cheese in your recipe!

  • Blog is the New Black
    February 2, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Deeeeliicous! Must make ASAP!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    February 2, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I’d make a meal of the crackers and cheese, forget the soup!

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    February 2, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Ohh – these look incredible; they sort of remind me of biscuit tops, an appearance anyway!

    • jenna
      February 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

      they’re kinda flaky like biscuits too!

  • Teri @BeePie Runs
    February 2, 2011 at 5:29 am

    I usually make cheese straws (growing up in the south does that to you) but they can be tedious with all the piping and cutting…. I definitely like the wafer better!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 2, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Wow, that is a lot of cheddar wafers! They sound great though, and I’m going through a major soup phase so they’d be perfect!

  • Eliz@The Sweet Life
    February 2, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Oh my goodness those look almost like biscuits! Wow–heaven in the mouth.

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    February 2, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Oh I loveee cheesy crackers! I make parmesan cornmeal crackers from time to time (extra parmesan of course!), but next time I’ll try these instead!

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    February 2, 2011 at 5:54 am

    the only cheddar filled bread i have ever had are the cheddar bay biscuits at red lobster (haha not too gourmet and probably not homemade)……these wafers look delish though…..and i will have to try them out to expand my ‘cheddar filled’ repertoire!

  • Kristina
    February 2, 2011 at 5:57 am

    These look so delicious! I made Smitten Kitchen’s apple-cheddar scones a few months ago which was really my first foray into baking with cheddar cheese but it left me wanting more. These might have to be next.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    February 2, 2011 at 5:57 am

    These look great. I think I’d eat them with tomato soup. That sounds like the perfect pairing.

  • Camille
    February 2, 2011 at 6:04 am

    These look awesome! I made something similar about 2 months ago and I ate every single one. As great as these look, I probably shouldn’t make them šŸ™‚

  • The Blue-Eyed Bakers
    February 2, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Oooh we loooove cheddar wafers…! Usually with a fairly large cocktail…they’re just the perfect thing to snack on!

  • Maria
    February 2, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Cheddar makes everything better! Your recipes have been amazing lately!

    • jenna
      February 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

      thank you so much! And yes, cheese does make everything better!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    February 2, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Whenever a recipe calls for a lot of cheese I become lazy and buy it pre grated. I know it’s not the “right” way to do things but I swear there is no difference in taste! And time is money :).

  • Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    February 2, 2011 at 6:27 am

    What a total nightmare making 500 of those day in and day out.
    They’re so cute!

  • Sheri
    February 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Perfect for me to make today! I’m snowed in. These will be great for our Superbowl party.

    Thanks for posting this recipe!

    • jenna
      February 2, 2011 at 7:12 am

      I think I’m going to serve them with my buffalo chicken dip for the super bowl!

  • Megan
    February 2, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Those sound pretty fantastic!!
    One of my new years resolutions was to try new recipes and this definitely qualifies! I just posted about how my resolutions are going, actually!

  • stacey-healthylife
    February 2, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Those would be so impressive for a dinner party appetizer.

  • Sarah
    February 2, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Hi Jenna! I cant wait to make these. One question: Is 1 stick of butter a 1/2 cup or 1 cup? Thanks!

    • jenna
      February 2, 2011 at 7:45 am

      1/2 cup! šŸ™‚

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    February 2, 2011 at 7:46 am

    These look absolutely ridiculous! In a good way! I’m going to attempt to make the gluten free version, and see how it turns out! Wahoo!

  • Lori @ According to Gus
    February 2, 2011 at 7:49 am

    These sound amazing! I’m printing the recipe to give them a try this weekend.

    P.S. I live in San Antonio so luckily have a Central Market in the city. I LOVE their Hatch Chile Festival. In one visit we bought the actual hatch peppers, hatch scones, hatch bread, hatch popcorn, hatch tamales, hatch cheese and about 10 more hatch related items.!

  • Marie-JourneytoBodyZen
    February 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Omg! I wish I wasn’t snowed in right now! All I need is a stick of butter and I could make these. Dang!!! They would go perfect with my veggie spaghetti šŸ˜‰

    • Marie-JourneytoBodyZen
      February 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

      I ventured out and got the butter :). I’m making these right now!

  • Maria
    February 2, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I could eat the entire batch!

  • sarah (sarah learns)
    February 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

    i have a snow day today and i’m TOTALLY making these! i can’t wait!!

  • Coco
    February 2, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Not a fan of cheddar. However, I am a HUGE fan of YOU!

    • jenna
      February 2, 2011 at 8:13 am

      aww! well thank you!

  • Jess
    February 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

    i can never get enough cheddar cheese in my life. these will surely make an appearance in my kitchen soon.

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
    February 2, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Give me cheese, and I’m a happy girl! I would never even think about making something like this, so thanks for the inspiration…they look delicious!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    February 2, 2011 at 8:41 am

    These sound great!!! Perfect with soup šŸ˜€

  • sonia
    February 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

    These are truly amazing waffles…loving every single bit of it and wish it could fly to me !

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    February 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Cheese on cheese? As if nutella on chocolate didn’t give me reason enough to live, now I have this. Perfect. šŸ™‚

  • Ashley @ perfectleypeared
    February 2, 2011 at 10:09 am

    these look absolutely amazing – and so light that you can pop one (or five) in your mouth at once! šŸ™‚ could you substitute black pepper for the white pepper though?

    • jenna
      February 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

      you totally can!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    February 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    This reminds me of the cheddar biscuits you get at red lobster but in cracker form. I love it.

  • Moni'sMeals
    February 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    SERIOUSLY! I love this idea. I have not made homemade anything like this and I would love to try this recipe. cheese and 1 stick of butter, how can it go wrong. šŸ™‚

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    February 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

    wayyyyyy cooler looking than ritz crackers! wow you can even see the little cheesy bits in there!!! damn, pack them up and get them on store shelves asap- theyre THAT good <3


  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    February 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

    cheddar wafer duty = sounds like you can laugh now, but back in the day, making them for fancy schmancy yacht people and nearly grating off your finger doesnt sound fun!

    this recipe and the fact that they can be frozen….very nice!

  • Joanne
    February 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I might have to eat these ritz bitz style. WIth PB in between them. Or PB and an apple slice. How fantastical would that be….

    • jenna
      February 2, 2011 at 11:45 am


  • Lu @ Done Dieting
    February 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Could there be anything more perfect than these? I think not. I bet they would taste awesome with just a shmear of apple butter.

    • jenna
      February 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

      apple butter! I love apples and cheddar..that sounds divine!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    February 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I saw everyone on the FB page saying they were going to make your “Cheddar Wafers” for the Superbowl and I thought I had somehow missed the recipe. So happy that I didn’t šŸ™‚

  • Gracie
    February 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Interesting! I’ll have to try this and compare it to a Cheddar Biscuit Recipe I found a while back in the NYTimes.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    February 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I’m a disaster around graters. I’m always grating my knuckles/nails/finger tips. These wafers look worth the risk though. Or maybe I’ll cheat and buy pregrated cheese. šŸ˜›

  • britt
    February 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    i LOVE cheddar wafers. i made some that were similar to these a few months back but they had worstershire sauce in them and tasted like a vegetarian version of sausage cheese balls. yumm!! i will have to try your version now.

  • Vegolicious
    February 3, 2011 at 3:08 am

    These wafers look delicious….and I am sure they are addictive too.

    Iā€™d love for your to submit them to Vegolicious, a vegetarian food photo gallery where readers can browse beautiful photos to discover new recipes and wonderful blogs. If you would like to share this recipe with our readers please submit a photo along with a link to this post.

  • Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    February 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

    What a perfect biscuit to pair with soups and such when bread is too much. Reminds me of a cracker.

  • lea w.
    February 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    my name is lea and i love your blog those look so good my mom and i might have to make my dad some while he watches super bowl tomorrow………

  • Ashley @ YogaVet
    February 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Just gotta say, I made these delightful little wafers last night, and they are everything you promised! Kinda spicy, and cheesey, and crunchy… yum! My boyfriend took a bag of them with him this morning to go to a Brew Fest in Buffalo (rough life, I know… I’m on call, alas, and can’t go with him)… I think they will be a perfect snack with some good microbrews.
    Thanks for all the great recipes, Jenna!

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  • Yelena
    February 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I just tried making these wafers and unfortunately the dough came out super crumbly and dry. Are you using a 4 oz stick of butter? Am I missing something? They look great!

    • MaCee
      June 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      i just melted a little extra butter (tub butter) to pick up the leftover flour in the bowl.

  • Gaby
    March 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I just made these and I have no idea what I did wrong, they didn’t turn out very good šŸ™
    I’ve been reading and reading the recipe all over again trying to figure out what went wrong but have no clue šŸ™
    Damn!! I was so looking forward to eating them!

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  • MaCee
    June 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    oh my. šŸ™‚ this was delicious. i found this recipe a long time ago but just made it for the first time today. i had a little trouble in the beginning because my butter wasn’t melted enough so it looked like some awful cottage cheese. i went ahead anyway & it still worked.

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  • Gretchen
    November 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

    If I freeze these, how would I serve them?
    Just defrosted or warmed up in the oven, if so, what temp & time?
    Thank you for your post, I am trying to be ready in advance for hosting Thanksgiving this year. Here’s praying!

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    I hope this site is still active…………. Do you think it would be possible to use almond flour? Trying to avoid grain. These look and sound so interesting……..and good. Would appreciate your opinion. Thank you