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Homemade Wheat Thins

Homemade Wheat Thins

Wheat Thins remind me of my high school days. They were my favorite snack. I used to keep a box in my locker, car, and munched on them when my dad forced me to do my math homework. We haven’t bought them in a long time, but when I saw a recipe for Homemade Wheat Thins, I knew I had to try them.

Josh loves working with dough, so he volunteered to make the homemade crackers for me. I didn’t object:) He mixed the dough, rolled out the dough, and cut the dough into squares. The Wheat Thins only have to bake for 5-10 minutes. They were golden brown and looked almost identical to the store bought version.

Now, it was time for the taste test. I was surprised at how close they tasted to the “real” Wheat Thins. The flavor and texture were very similar. I ate a few plain and then tried them with slices of cheese. I really enjoyed my snack. I think I like the Homemade Wheat Thins even better than the original version.

If you like Wheat Thins, you have to try making your own. Homemade Wheat Thins are easy to make and don’t take long at all. It would take you longer to go to the store and buy a box. Plus, everything made at home, with love, tastes better. Enjoy!

Homemade Wheat Thins

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

2. 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.  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.

3. Divide the dough into 4 pieces.  Work with one piece at a time, keeping the others covered with a towel so they don't dry out.  Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle.  Lift the dough and turn it as you roll to ensure it's not 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.

4. Transfer the dough squares to the prepared baking sheets. You can place them close together because they will not spread.  Sprinkle the squares lightly with 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.

5. 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.

Recipe from King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Cookbook

If you like these Homemade Wheat Thins, you  might also like:

Homemade Graham Crackers from Two Peas and Their Pod
Homemade Crackers and Hummus from Eat Drink Pretty
Parmesan & Thyme Crackers from Brown Eyed Baker
Spicy Cheese Crackers from Honey and Jam

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110 Responses to “Homemade Wheat Thins”

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    Every where I turn, I am seeing homemade crackers in the sphere…I love it!

    I have made my own “Mary’s Crackers”…vegan, GF, seed-based, no nuts.

    I need to make your Wheat Thins next!!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 4, 2011 @ 4:23 am

    I used to eat wheat thins and tuna fish as a weekend lunch. Wheat thins were always so good and addicting, I’d love to try your homemade version!

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    VeggieGirl — March 4, 2011 @ 4:24 am

    Used to LOVE Wheat Thins as a kid! Love this homemade version.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — March 4, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    I love homemade crackers! And I can’t imagine my husband making crackers, or anything that requires making and rolling dough. That would be a sight to see!

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — March 4, 2011 @ 4:51 am

    I love the idea of making wheat things at home! :)

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    Erica — March 4, 2011 @ 4:53 am

    oh my gosh! I totally grew up eating wheat thins on the regular. What a fun recipe. They look perfect. Love this one :)

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — March 4, 2011 @ 5:10 am

    I love Wheat Thins! Especially with cream cheese spread on top :)

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    I made homemade crackers for the first time last week and was surprised at how easy it was. I love Wheat Thins but never thought to make them at home.

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    Blog is the New Black — March 4, 2011 @ 6:02 am

    I saw Tracy’s recipe, too, and wanted to try it. Looks awesome!

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    Katrina — March 4, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    I seriously eat wheat thins every day! i’m so excited to try this :)

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    Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — March 4, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    I love wheat thins but I never feel great after eating them so I’m happy to have this recipe!

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    Heather (heather's dish) — March 4, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    i really need to make these…i could eat wheat thins all day every day!

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    Brooke (Baking with Basil) — March 4, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    I still eat Wheat Thins about every day. I love those little crackers! Must give these a try!

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    Marci — March 4, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    i always say homemade things taste better because they’re made with love. means more than buying a box.

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    Ooooh I love Wheat Thins! These look so good, and even better that Josh made them for you :) Can’t wait to try these, plus I have that cookbook! :)

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    Kalynskitchen — March 4, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Very fun! I love the idea of making your own crackers.

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    Melanie:::Adorkable — March 4, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    wheat thins are one of my favorite snacks, too! I can’t wait to try these!

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    you two are always so creative with your recipes! these look GREAT! and much healthier! i want to try those pretzels soon!

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    I love Wheat Thins, those are so addicting, once you start to much it’s hard to stop. I’d love to make my own version without all those unnecessary additives the store bought ones have.

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    Tracey — March 4, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    Yours look great Maria! These were gobbled up quickly at my house.

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    susan — March 4, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    what a great idea. these are the perfect snack!

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    Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet — March 4, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Wheat thins were a part of our pantry when I was growing up and we loved them much to my Mom’s dismay because there were never any left for her. Lately I have been avoiding most crackers because of the trans-, hydrogenated and additives you find in them. Your wheat thins look awesome. I love the King Arthur Whole Grain cookbook and have been using it for years with great results.

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    stephchows — March 4, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    oh wow! I always loved them too, making them at home is even more exciting. Bookmarked!

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    Lesley Lifting Life — March 4, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Homemade is always better than store bought! These look like no exception :)

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    Krista — March 4, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    These look delicious! Wheat Thins are still one of my favorite snacks after all these years :)

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    Pam — March 4, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I need to make these! I love wheat thins.

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    natalie (the sweets life) — March 4, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    I’ve been dying to make these–hopefully this weekend!

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    Katie — March 4, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    I saw this recipe this morning and I am currently cooking them up. I LOVE Wheat Thins. I was out of paprika so I decided to use finely ground pepper instead. They look amazing! I can’t wait to try some with the roasted red pepper hummus I have.

    • twopeas replied: — March 4th, 2011 @ 10:47 am

      Enjoy!

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    Love these homemade wheat thins Maria!! Gotta try them over here.

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    Anne @ Baking Me — March 4, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    I love how simple the ingredients are, all things I already have on hand :)

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    Joanne — March 4, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    I try not to keep much snack food on hand but I would definitely have to make an exception for these babies! They look delicious!

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    I know party guests, including me, would be super impressed if you pulled these out! Wonderful, easy recipe for one of my favorite little snacks. Thanks, Maria!

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — March 4, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    I love wheat thins, too! Thanks for a great idea!

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    Eliana — March 4, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    Love is that special ingredient that makes EVERYTHING taste better. These even look better than the store-bought kind.

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    Sharlene — March 4, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I love wheat thins so much that I don’t even buy them anymore because I polish off a box in one sitting. But if you make it yourself it’s completely guilt-free it’s guilt-free right? That’s what I’ll tell myself.

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    Wenderly — March 4, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    I’ve loved wheat thins for as long as I can remember. Now I can make them? this day just keeps on getting better! Thanks love!

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    Jeanette — March 4, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Great idea making your own crackers! That way you know exactly what goes into them.

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    Jenny Flake — March 4, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    How fun is this?! Love wheat thins, I bet yours are waaaaaay better and better for you! Fun post :)

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    Amanda — March 4, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    Homemade wheat thins, how fun! These look just perfect. :)

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    Tracy — March 4, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    I love wheat thins! I’ll have to try these homemade ones!

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