Easy, Savory Crackers to Balance Out The Sweet

Sometimes you need a little savory to balance out the sweet, especially after holiday cookies, pies and cakes. These savory crackers fit the bill perfectly and they really couldn’t be easier. You can whip some up in just a few minutes to serve as appetizers or just to snack on.

Before you get started with the dough, collect your toppings in one place. I opted to keep things simple with salt, pepper, fresh thyme and parmesan cheese, with a little urfa pepper tossed in for color. Urfa biber is a dried Turkish chili pepper cultivated in the Urfa region of Turkey.  It is soooo smoky delicious.

Easy, Savory Crackers to Balance Out The Sweet

The only trick to making these crackers come out perfectly is to choose high-quality, fresh ingredients. The simplicity of this recipe will allow them to shine in all their glory.

Now for the dough. This is the part you will . Toss your flour and salt in a mixing bowl or the kitchen aid, then add the cold water until you get a soft little ball of dough.  But, you don’t have to knead.  You just want to bring this cracker dough together, but no need to get it smooth or elastic looking!  Save that for the bread doughs.  This is cracker time baby, and that means you don’t have to workout!

Easy, Savory Crackers to Balance Out The Sweet

Make sure to roll the dough out super, super thin and be liberal with the flour underneath so that it doesn’t stick. Stop rolling only when it looks like you might push right through the dough. You want to get it as thin as you can.

Easy, Savory Crackers to Balance Out The Sweet

Once you have your paper-thin dough on the parchment paper, drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil and top with fresh ingredients.  Easy, Savory Crackers to Balance Out The Sweet Easy, Savory Crackers to Balance Out The Sweet

Before you pop it in the oven, slice the dough into long, thin strips. Bake it just until the edges crisp up.
Easy, Savory Crackers to Balance Out The Sweet

These savory crackers are just the ticket post-holiday season. Bring some to your next get-together and watch them disappear off the plate.

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Spicy Country Crackers

By TheSweetNerd  

January 2, 2017

  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins


1 1/2 cups unbleached flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon cold water or more as needed



1 teaspoon Urfa Pepper

Pinch of salt

Diced salami


1/2 cup shredded parmesan


1In a mixing bowl or a kitchen aid, bring together the dries with a 1/2 cup water plus one tablespoon (or more as needed). Don't knead, just bring it together. Put in saran wrap, and place the disk in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2Dust a working area with flour.

3Roll the dough to 1/16 inch (super super super thin)

4Put on Parchment

5Layer with thin drizzle of EVOO, pepper, salt, diced salami, thyme, and cheese

6Slice into strips

7Bake until golden brown at 350



Easy, Savory Crackers to Balance Out The Sweet


  • I can’t wait to try these Cindy! I’m a total cracker addict! All kinds! I’d love to try these with some everything bagel topping too! Happy New Year!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      You and me both love crackers! Yum, love the bagel idea.

  • Bee
    5 years ago

    These look so wonderful! They must taste incredible with all those fresh ingredients. I’ll be trying these for sure. Thanks!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      Thanks Barb! So awesome seeing you today. I think the boys might like these. Trick is to roll them out thin.

  • Lorna
    5 years ago

    Dying to try these!!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      Thanks Lorna! I hope you like them. They are simple and delish.

  • Oh I LOOOOVE me some thin, crispy crackers, girlfriend! Obviously these beauties are just screaming my name! I’ll take mine with extra toppings, because I’m all about those garnishes! YUM! Cheers and happy New Year!!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      Awww, thanks Cheyanne. They are delicious and sinfully simple.

  • 5 years ago

    I’m not a big fan of peppers, but this looks so delicious. I’m thinking black olives to get that same savory goodness. I’ll let you know how it comes out. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      Oh I love black olives. That sounds great. Let me know if you give it a go – I would love to hear about it.

  • Kendall
    5 years ago

    These are so BEAUTIFUL. I feel like if I made these, they might be too pretty to eat.. I can only imagine the taste!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      Don’t worry… the compulsion of hunger will outweigh the beauty, every-time.

  • Joe
    5 years ago

    Looks like a good snack for the Super Bowl. Food is almost as important as the game!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      5 years ago

      Thanks Joe, totally agree. Usually I don’t even know who is playing, but I sure know what is being served!

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