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Homemade Oyster Crackers

Homemade Oyster Crackers

These homemade oyster crackers are a spot-on stunt double for the real thing.  Why make homemade oyster crackers?  I make homemade oyster crackers, homemade Ritz crackers, homemade graham crackers, and homemade Oreo cookies because it’s fun to do and it gives me complete control over the food that I’m eating.  Making anything from scratch – like oyster crackers – is something I particularly love to do with my son.  I want him to understand that food doesn’t magically appear in a bag.

When I began the project of making homemade oyster crackers, I decided that I wanted them to be hexagonal like the ones sold in stores.  I couldn’t find a cookie cutter small enough, so I made my own.

Homemade Oyster Crackers

I used folded over tin foil to make the cookie cutter, but I would not recommend this technique.  It wasn’t sharp enough to make a clean edge and it didn’t hold up.

R & M International Design Your Own Cookie Cutter Gift Set

If you really want to make your own cookie cutter, I suggest trying this cookie cutter kit.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it has great reviews.

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Ateco 6 Piece Plain Hexagon Cutter Set

If you don’t mind the hexagons being slightly larger, you can use this cookie cutter set.

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Kuchenprofi Ravioli Cutter in 18/10 Stainless Steel

When I make homemade oyster crackers again, I’ll probably just take the easy route and cut them into cute tiny squares using this tool.  The crackers won’t have the classic oyster cracker look, but they will taste the same.

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Other Products Used to Make Homemade Oyster Crackers

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin Plus, 16.5-Inch, Multi-Color

You’ll need a rolling pin.  This is my favorite one!

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Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat, 11 5/8 x 16 1/2-inches, Half Sheet Size

You absolutely do not need a Silpat, but my life hasn’t been the same since I bought one.  No more buying rolls of parchment paper or trying to scrub cookie sheets clean.

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Homemade Oyster Cracker Recipe

One of the best parts about making homemade oyster crackers was discovering Molly Sheridan’s blog, Wonderland Kitchen.  It’s a whole blog full of DIY projects that I am itching to try!  I have a new blog crush – big time!  The recipe for homemade oyster crackers that I used is a recipe that she developed for Serious Eats.  The recipe below is Molly’s, but I added in my own notes along the way.

Homemade Oyster Crackers

Yield: About 2 cups of oyster crackers

Homemade Oyster Crackers


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/3 cup cold water, plus additional as needed
  • table salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl.
  4. Using your hands, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse meal.
  5. Add water and lightly knead the dough together to form a ball.
  6. Cover bowl and let rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Roll the dough to as close to 1/8" as you can get. (I did some thicker crackers and they didn't come out as well.)
  8. Use cookie cutters, a ravioli cutter, or a butter knife to cut dough into tiny shapes (hexagons, squares, or whatever you'd like).
  9. Place cut dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat, leaving a tiny bit of space between each piece.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crackers are just beginning to brown on the bottom.
  11. Turn the oven off and crack the door open.
  12. Leave the crackers in the oven to cool for another twenty minutes.
  13. Sprinkle cooled crackers with salt.


Crackers can be stored in a sealed container for up to one week.


A Fun Use for Your Oyster Crackers

Although oyster crackers are traditionally used in soup, they are a fun snack all on their own.  Kimberly of the lovely Rhubarb and Honey (who happens to be a great friend of mine and co-conspirator for the upcoming Food Media Forum) has a recipe for baked oyster crackers with ranch, lemon pepper, and garlic powder that would be a hit at a summer BBQ.   I discovered her recipe when she won my most recent Facebook game of Cupcake Roulette!  I was tasked with finding something on her blog to inspire cupcakes.  When I saw her baked oyster crackers, I got all kinds of oyster crackery ideas!  A cupcake related to oyster crackers is coming soon!

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22 Responses to Homemade Oyster Crackers

  1. Molly @WonderlandK May 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Stefani, you are such a sweetheart. But yes, I gave up on stressing over the shape of things. In my case, I first tried using a frosting tip so that they would be small and round (and cute!). People already think I’m DIY crazy–no reason to prove them right. Squares taste just as good!

    And in “the food blog world is very small,” I actually got hooked on your site while doing research on crackers for my Serious Eats column. Your Ritz analysis seemed exhaustive, so I ended up skipping my own.

    • Stef May 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

      Yeah, any shape works for these. But, speaking of crazy and shapes, did you see my post on Lucky Charms?

      • Molly @WonderlandK May 30, 2013 at 8:51 am #

        That post is actually one of the reasons I asked my Serious Eats editor to stop me if I ever got involved in hacking Cheerios. The other was from someone who did rows and rows of Goldfish Crackers. Yikes! I was able to stop at Grape Nuts as far as the cereal aisle was concerned, thanks goodness.

  2. sheryl knuth May 30, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    I decorate cakes and there are a lot of shapes you can purchase for a small amount to use to cut the crackers. I think I will use my little flower cutter and then they will really be cute little crackers! Wilton has sets for about 3.00

  3. Gina May 30, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    FABULOUS!!! I love those & making my own would make me really happy.

  4. nessa May 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    I love oyster crackers! I bet homemade ones will taste even better!

  5. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl June 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    I am telling you from my husband – THANK YOU!
    These are going to cause him the greatest joy in the world!

  6. inspirational July 3, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Thank you for sharing it with us

  7. Sandy September 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Made chili, had no oyster crackers (which are a requirement by my husband’s standard). Didn’t want to go out. Made these and got a “Wow” these taste exactly like oyster crackers. Only difference is that mine are round not hexagon. Thanks so much for the recipe. These are now going into my permanent file of winners. I know they are so much better than commercial – real butter, no crazy chemicals to keep them fresh.

  8. Kellie October 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Lovely site. Just one issue for me with it. When viewing it on my phone it opens the App Store after loading the page which gets annoying. And the floating add at the bottom tends to get in the way fairly often causing the App Store to open again.

  9. Heather July 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    My kids just made “coins” using a flour/ salt/water recipe. To cut out their coins they used a cap from a small plastic water bottle. The coins were baked and they look a lot like oyster crackers. That got me searching for a DIY oyster cracker recipe. The kids will love being able to cut these out AND eat them!

    • Stef July 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

      Fun! Love the idea of using a water bottle cap!

    • Laurie September 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

      If you use the bottle opening you can still get a little cutout and then squeeze the bottle and pop out the dough if it gets stuck.

  10. Kim Wilson September 18, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Instead of just using foil, you could take one of these three things and bend it in the shape you want and cover with aluminum foil:

    – hardware cloth
    – chicken wire
    – paper clips

  11. Lynda November 13, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Thanks for a great tasting and easy recipe! Thanks to your trial and comments I used the fluted pastry wheel and all went well. Very little wasted dough.

  12. Dawn November 26, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    I was wondering how long these would keep if I was able to use an air bag sealer. I was thinking about making lots of crackers for my son when he off at school.

  13. FF December 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    The ingdient list here is an exact duplicate of the recipe that appeared at Serious Eats about 6 months prior:


    One or more someones need a better editor.

    • Stef December 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

      Yes, I gave them credit and there is even a comment from the author above.


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