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There are plenty of whole-grain crackers on store shelves, but none taste as good to me as those made at home. You can use a mix of grains and flours to make them, including gluten-free varieties like millet, buckwheat and rice flours, and top them with any number of seeds, herbs or spices. They're quick to mix together and very easy to roll out. "Healthy" crackers can be hard and dry, but this week's offerings are not. I use olive oil in all of them, and some work best with a small amount of butter. I've been making sesame crackers for decades, tweaking my recipe over the years. They have a wholesome, rich, nutty flavor.

Provided by Martha Rose Shulman

Categories     easy, quick, appetizer

Time 20m

Yield About four dozen crackers

Number Of Ingredients 5

1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil
4 to 5 tablespoons water, as needed


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the racks positioned in the middle and upper third. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Mix together the flour, sesame seeds and salt in a mixing bowl, in the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. If using a mixing bowl, add the oil and cut in with a fork. If using a stand mixer, mix at medium speed. In a food processor, pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Add the water, and mix with your hands, or at medium speed in a mixer or in the food processor, until you can gather the dough into a ball.
  • Lightly dust your work surface and roll out the dough, or roll out between pieces of parchment, plastic or wax paper. Cut into desired shapes -- squares, diamonds or cookie-cutter shapes -- and place on the baking sheet, close together but not touching.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned, switching the sheet trays front to back and top to middle halfway through. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool on racks.

Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 32, UnsaturatedFat 2 grams, Carbohydrate 3 grams, Fat 2 grams, Fiber 1 gram, Protein 1 gram, SaturatedFat 0 grams, Sodium 17 milligrams, Sugar 0 grams

Ivone Mirassol
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These crackers are the best I've ever had!

Rahul Mehta
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I'm so glad I found this recipe. It's a keeper!

Arshad Liskani
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These crackers are a great way to get my kids to eat whole grains.

Some Person
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I love that these crackers are made with healthy ingredients.

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These crackers are the perfect snack for on the go.

Inuyasha Higurashi
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I made these crackers for a party and they were a hit!

Sadeepa Lakmini
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These crackers are a lot of work to make, but they're worth it.

Ali Issah
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I'm not sure what I did wrong, but my crackers turned out really dry.

Rachael Waweru
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These crackers are a bit too expensive to make regularly.

Donnasia Smith
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I followed the recipe exactly, but my crackers didn't turn out crispy.

Miracle Milton
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These crackers are a bit bland for my taste.

Ciera Wilson
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I'm so glad I found this recipe. I'll definitely be making these crackers again.

Torikul Shohag
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These crackers are perfect for parties and gatherings.

Daily Dino Gaming
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I love the taste of these crackers. They're so much better than store-bought crackers.

Christian Paul
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These crackers are a great way to use up leftover whole grains.

ahmed sadin
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I wasn't sure how these crackers would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised. They're crispy and flavorful, and they're perfect for snacking.

Syed Hammad Ali Shah
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These crackers are a bit more time-consuming to make than some other recipes, but they're definitely worth the effort.

Ahsan Riasat
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I was really impressed with how easy these crackers were to make. I didn't have any special ingredients or equipment, and they turned out perfectly.

Leandrew Ambriz
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I love that these crackers are made with whole grains. They're a healthier alternative to traditional crackers, and they still taste great.

Jodianntucker Tucker
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These crackers are amazing! They're so crispy and flavorful, and they're perfect for snacking or serving with cheese and dips.