Homemade Ritz Crackers Recipe
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Homemade Ritz Crackers Recipe

Homemade Ritz crackers are even better than the store-bought ones – and they’re easy to make!

I spent weeks developing the recipe so that it would taste as close to the original as possible and would use natural ingredients.

Tray of homemade Ritz crackers

Now, you can enjoy copycat Ritz crackers made without high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils.

Developing this recipe was a bit of a challenge. Take a look at what went into developing this snack recipe:

Columns of homemade Ritz cracker experiments on a cutting board
Each column on this cutting board resulted from a slightly different recipe for the crackers (and the board doesn’t show all of my trials).

I experimented with:

  • using only butter, only vegetable oil, and a combination
  • brushing with melted butter before baking, after baking, and partially through baking
  • sprinkling salt on top, mixing salt into the butter, using kosher salt and regular table salt
  • using different amount of baking powder

You get the idea.

A closeup of a cracked homemade Ritz cracker with a number of others in a serving dish
I came pretty close to getting the Ritz cracker right. The real cracker is slightly more fluffy, but the taste of mine is spot on (though most of my tasters thought that it was slightly better).

What You’ll Need

  • Food processor (Using a food processor lets you fully combine the ingredients without over-mixing. If you make them in a stand mixer, you could easily over mix them and the crackers would end up less flaky.)
  • Something to roll the dough with (A rolling pin is ideal, but you could also use a wine bottle in a pinch!)
  • Cookie cutters (I use scallop-edged cutters to create the Ritz cracker look, but you can make them any shape you like.)

How to Make Ritz Crackers

A serving dish with homemade Ritz crackersPulse flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a food processor.

Add butter a little bit at a time and pulse. The butter should be very cold – straight from the fridge. You want the dough to come together at the end, but ideally you’ll still see little specks of butter in it. It’s not totally smooth.

Add vegetable oil and pulse to combine.

Add water and pulse to combine until the dough forms a ball.

Roll out the dough as thinly as you can. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. If you have a pasta maker, then you can push the dough through to make it all even and thin. The cracker recipe will be fine without it.

Use cookie cutters to cut the dough out.

Ritz cracker dough cut out

Use a toothpick or a metal skewer to poke holes in each unbaked cracker. This makes it look more like the real deal, but the holes aren’t just for appearance; they help the crackers to bake more evenly.

Poking holes in Ritz crackersBake the crackers on a parchment- or silicone mat-lined cookie sheet until they just begin to brown.

Brush the crackers with salted butter while still hot.

Brushing Ritz crackers with butter

Cool on a cooling rack before eating!

Store in an airtight container at room temperature, and add a piece of toasted bread to your container to keep the moisture level regulated.

Serving Ideas

Once you have baked your homemade Ritz crackers, try serving them with:

Other Crackers to Try

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Homemade Ritz Crackers Recipe

Homemade Ritz crackers are even better than the store-bought ones and they are easy to make!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat Ritz crackers, ritz cracker recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 36 crackers
Calories 59kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cold
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Put the flour, baking powder, sugar, and 1/2 tsp of the salt in the food processor.
  • Pulse to combine.
  • Add cold butter a few small pats at a time, and pulse to combine.
  • Add vegetable oil. Pulse to combine.
  • Add water a little bit at a time. Pulse to combine after each addition. The dough should start to form a ball.
  • Roll dough out as thin as you can. Mine ended up being all different thicknesses. Don't sweat it; they are homemade crackers! If you are really concerned, use a pasta maker to make the dough all one thickness.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut the dough out. You can make them Ritz-shaped or any shape that you like.
  • Poke holes in the dough in the Ritz pattern or any pattern you like (smiley faces would be fun!). Keep in mind that the holes are not just decorative; they help the crackers to bake evenly - so be sure to poke some.
  • Bake the crackers on a parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheet for ten minutes or until the crackers just begin to brown.
  • While the crackers are baking, melt the remaining butter and mix in the remaining salt. (Some people said that my crackers weren't salty enough, so add more or less salt to your taste.)
  • As soon as you remove the crackers from the oven, brush them with the salty butter.
  • Cool and eat!

Video

Notes

Store crackers in an airtight container at room temperature, and add a piece of toasted bread to your container to keep the moisture level regulated.
While this homemade Ritz cracker recipe is a Cupcake Project original, I used Jeffrey's recipe from What's 4 Dinner Solutions as a starting point. Huge thanks go out to him.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Ritz Crackers Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 87IU2%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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