Thursday, March 17, 2011

Homemade Wheat Thins


Confession: I have a teensy obsession with wheat thin crackers. 

These crackers are like dessert to me, and I give myself permission to overeat them because they're classified as "healthy." Unfortunately, eating half a box goes WAY beyond healthy. But that's beside the point. 

I love the hint of sweetness. The salted top. The crispness. The melt-in-your-mouth-ness. 

When I saw this recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod, I knew right away I had to try it. These crackers are simple to make and totally worth it. They give you the whole wheat goodness that you can't get from the store-bought variety and you know exactly what you've put in each cracker. The only problem is keeping myself from eating half a batch.


Homemade Wheat Thins 
recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
Yields 6-7  dozen crackers

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt, plus extra for topping
1/4 tsp paprika
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup water (you might need to add a little more)
1/4 tsp vanilla
sea salt, for sprinkling 


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

Add the flour, sugar, salt and paprika to a medium bowl and whisk to combine.  Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl.  Using a pastry blender, mix the butter into the dry ingredients thoroughly. The dough should be evenly crumbly. Combine the water and vanilla in a small measuring cup or bowl.  Add to the butter/flour mixture and mix until a smooth dough forms. If the dough is still dry, add a little more water.

Divide the dough into 3 pieces.  Work with one piece at a time, keeping the others covered with a towel to keep them moist.  Lightly flour your work surface and the rolling pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle, sprinkling with additional flour as needed.  Be sure to keep the surface lightly floured to keep the dough from sticking. You want to roll the dough as thin as possible, try to make sure it’s 1/16-inch thick at most.  If you want all of your crackers to be perfect, trim the edges of the dough so you have a rectangle with even sides.  Use a pizza cutter to cut the rectangle into squares about 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide.

Transfer the dough squares to the prepared baking sheets. Arrange them close together as they will not spread. Sprinkle the squares lightly with sea salt.  Repeat the rolling and cutting process with the remaining 3 pieces of dough.  Save all of your scraps under the towel to keep the dough from drying out; reroll them all at once to create a final batch of crackers.

Bake the crackers, one sheet at a time, until crisp and browned, about 5-10 minutes.  Check the crackers at 5 minutes, and if some of the thinner ones are browning too quickly, remove them from the oven.  The crackers can burn quickly so you want to keep a close eye on them.  Remove crackers from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.  Store the crackers in an airtight container.

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1 comment:

  1. Homemade wheat thins?! I think I just fell over - 'cause Yum!!

    I just stumbled into your site and wow do you have a new follower in me!!

    I love the title "Adorkable". I have a pupper named Huck, who I refer to as my Labra-dork. So appropriate.

    Can't wait to see what else you whip up :) All the best ~Megan