Homemade Saltines

by Merissa on December 30, 2010

in Recipes

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I think I'm on a mission lately to figure out how to make all my favorite crackers from scratch. What I'm discovering is that they are so easy to do and so cheap! Even with coupons I most of the time I could purchase crackers for this cheap unless they were free. For example, these saltines take only 4 ingredients, one cup of flour costs me .12, the water is free, the salt is minimal, and the butter costs pennies. So about .20 for a quart of saltines that are fresh and buttery with no preservatives, sounds like a good deal to me!

What you need:

  • 1 c. flour
  • 2 T butter
  • 6-7 T water
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • plus a little more salt and butter for the tops
Melt the butter and mix it well with the flour and salt.
Add the tablespoons of water slowly, one at a time, and mix them in well. Don't add too much water so the dough is too sticky. You want a nice smooth dough.
Roll out the dough until it very thin, about 1/8in. Transfer the rolled out dough to a greased cookie sheet.
Score with a pizza cutter. Brush the tops very lightly with butter and sprinkle with a little salt. You can leave out this step if you want unsalted crackers. Bake these at 400F for about 15 minutes. They will harden more once they start to cool.
Enjoy these plain or with a dip. The hubby has informed me that they aren't quite like saltines but they are pretty yummy for crackers!

What's next? You could make some yummy Cheese Dip to go along with your crackers or maybe just go ahead and make Homemade Cheese It's instead! We've also got a great recipe for Homemade Wheat Thins too!

Homemade Saltines
Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Merissa
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These homemade Saltine Crackers are easy and quick to make!
  • 1 c. flour
  • 2 T butter
  • 6-7 T water
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • plus a little more salt and butter for the tops (optional)
  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt.
  2. Add in the melted butter and water.
  3. Mix well, you may have to use your hands.
  4. Roll out and cut into cracker shapes.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until crispy.
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1 Georgette December 31, 2010 at 12:54 am

Thanks! I can't wait to makes these & the homemade cheese its!

Love all you do! Happy Healthy New Year!!


2 Bonnie Cole January 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Thank you so much Sweet Merissa for sharing your simple recipes. I cannot wait to try these crackers. Much cheaper than the store
Have a lovely day.


3 Brenda March 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

i made these tonight, between my hubby and i, we ate them all with in minutes lol


4 Merissa March 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I always have to make a double batch!


5 Angi September 21, 2011 at 12:44 am

I love this! Our saltines always go stale before we get them eaten and that is such a waste.


6 Daryl December 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

Quick fix for stale crackers and other items like tortilla chips:
Place crackers, etc. on a baking tray and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 2-5 minutes. (Slight browning is OK, but don’t let them burn.) They are just like brand new, or better. I use my toaster oven for small amounts to save energy.


7 John November 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Just wanted to let you know, we are stuck on your recipes!! They are all soo yummm! Also wanted to tell you, the crackers are awesome.. I felt like experimenting in the kitchen, and if you add 1/2 cup of finely shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of parmesan into the crackers, you end up with a unbelievable clone taste of Goldfish, or cheese nips, you could even add a little garlic!!! on that if you want dorito look alikes without the MSG, you could mix equal parts of onion powder and garlic powder, a pinch of salt, and pinch of cayenne powder… use that as a sprinkle on them for as close as you can get to dorito’s, they are even tastier then what you buy! Keep up the good work, and recipes, and please don’t ever go away from the net πŸ™‚


8 Kristin January 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

Thank you for your recipe’s πŸ™‚ I do wonder if anyone has tried this with an all purpose gluten free flour???


9 Heather Jolley Bridenstine January 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Neat! Love your page!


10 Elizabeth McGuire Little January 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Oh I can’t wait to try these.


11 Amy Irish January 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I will try these too. Looks quick and simple.


12 Mel Free January 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

And, I bet they taste a whole lot better than Saltines, do, too!


13 Little House on the Prairie Living January 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

They taste kind of like a mixture between a ritz and a saltine cracker. I little more buttery like a ritz.


14 Sherri January 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Made two batches tonight, one regular and one with 1/2 cup Romano cheese, delicious!


15 Becca C May 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

What kind of flour do you use?


16 Merissa May 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Unbleached White.


17 Rhonda Jensen April 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Made my first batch tonight. Turned out well. Next time more tweaking–double batch, more butter on the tops and salt for my taste. Maybe make more tomorrow.


18 Dawn in Spokane November 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Just thought I’d offer the idea that you can brush these with water, then sprinkle with salt, if you want plain saltines. They are yummy any way you make them.


19 Linda November 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

I have been on a similar mission! I have made lots of yummy whole grain crackers using my grain mill. These are very good and it’s extra rewarding to make when I use our own sorghum grain from our garden…but they are harder to make. I had fallen into the habit of buying store bought saltines to have around for those times I didn’t have the time to make crackers, but these were so easy and tasty I don’t think I’ll have to do that anymore. I want to try your graham cracker recipe next. Thanks!


20 Kassi December 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I was just wondering about how many crackers does each batch make?


21 Merissa December 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

About a quart bag full.


22 Kassi December 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Great! I just finished the first batch and I can’t believe how good they turned out. They were different than saltines, but in a good way; they have so much more flavor and you can flavor them with different spices. Thanks for such an easy and delicious recipe!


23 Merissa December 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed them! Yes, not quite “saltines” but a good basic cracker πŸ™‚


24 Twila January 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe. They look like the ones that are sold as chips. Can’t wait to make them. I am on a salt reduced/free diet and this is a God send.


25 Angela January 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I tried it with white whole wheat unbleached flour and they were super yummy!


26 Merissa January 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed them!


27 Brenda January 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Hi, these crackers sound awesome! All the recipes sound great, will be trying them all. I was wondering, would these freeze well?


28 Merissa January 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Yes they will πŸ™‚


29 Pamela February 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

This looks awesome… Do you think they would freeze well?


30 Pamela February 6, 2014 at 8:54 am

Sorry… I didn’t see the post before mine that you already answered. Lol!


31 Angie (@angiesrecipess) February 17, 2014 at 2:32 am

These look so evenly thin and crisp!


32 Dina February 17, 2014 at 8:41 am

i love store-bought saltines, and i’m so disappointed that they have soy in them. so i’d love to try to make my own!


33 Paula February 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I wonder if you poked them with a fork before baking if that would keep them from bubbling up and keep them flat. They would have that saltine look too. πŸ™‚ I haven’t tried the recipe yet…..just a thought I had.


34 lissa June 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I cannot wait to taste these, they are in the oven now….. I can’t wait to make them again, and explore the rest of the sight. Today they are going to go well with my homemade cream of veggie soup I have made for lunch.


35 Merissa June 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

That sounds like a yummy lunch…I want some!


36 Elizabeth August 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Hubby and I are going to try these. I love crackers, and cheese, and we go through organic crackers like nothing. These would be much cheaper.


37 Merissa August 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I hope you enjoy them!


38 Alisha December 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Thank you so much for this. My husband’s cousin has celiacs and hasn’t been able to have saltines in years. She’s looking forward to them coming out of the oven as I type.


39 Brandy February 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Just tried your crackers and they were great! I added a 1/2 tsp baking soda and poked holes with a fork for even venting and they’re very close to saltines now!.


40 Merissa February 8, 2016 at 7:14 pm

Awesome! Thanks for sharing those tips with us!


41 Patty W April 9, 2016 at 9:57 am

Just found your recipe for homemade crackers!!! I have to be on this low-iodine diet for 3 weeks before I have a Radioactive Iodine Uptake (RAI) procedure for my thyroid cancer. So, I can’t eat anything that is commercially made, and no dairy. I was really missong SNACK CRACKERS!!! I made your recipe and used my homemade “butter” (using coconut oil and buttery flavoring) and my non-iodized salt. I like savory, so added a little onion powder and a little dried oregano to the dough and sprinkled sesame seeds on top before baking! These are outstanding crackers. Thhank oyu sooo much!!!!!


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