Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Parmesan Almond Crackers

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These are the perfect little something to savor when you’re having friends for dinner but don’t want to overdo it before the main event. Sometimes the nibbles before dinner can overwhelm the meal itself. Not so with these delicious and buttery parmesan cheese crackers. They shine on their own, but try not to put too many out at once. They’re really addictive and you’ll have people coming back for seconds, thirds, fourths and more.

They’re like slice and bake cookies – except they’re not sweet. Easy to make ahead and bake at the last minute too.

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The recipe is from a delightful book called “Antipasti – Fabulous Appetizers and Small Plates” by Joyce Goldstein.

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They’re flecked with parmesan cheese and bits of almonds.

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Parmesan Cheese Crackers

Printable Recipe Here

(From “Antipasti” by Joyce Goldstein)

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 egg

1/2 cup slivered almonds

Place the flour, cheese, salt and nutmeg into a food processor. Add 1/2 cup (1/4 pound) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1-tablespoon slices, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1 egg, lightly beaten, and pulse just until the dough starts to come together. Add 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds and pulse briefly just to combine. Pat into a log 2 inches in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours. Slice and bake on buttered baking sheets at 375 degrees until the crackers are firm but still pale, 15 to 18 minutes.


  1. I love Joyce Goldstein...
    These look fabulous...I make one similar with pecans and asiago but these actually sound better to me. I will give them a try.
    Thanks :)

  2. Che buoni questi crackers, complimenti anche per la ricetta del'osso buco.
    Ciao Daniela.

  3. li faccio ! li preparo sabato per i miei amici! semplici e gustosi, brava! ottima idea.
    Un bacione

  4. I love the ease of these. (Oh what a poet I am) I'll go anywhere for Parmesan - really - am a Parmesan slut. Now with the almonds, who needs dinner?

  5. I love the vintage glasses.
    Beautifully composed photo!

  6. What time will drinks be served? These look wonderful and would be perfect to serve before a meal. I'm especially drawn to the ease with which they can be made. Very nice, indeed.

  7. How delicious. Perfect for my husband who likes a glass of wine while waiting for dinner.

  8. Very smart snack before the main meal. I tend to overdo all the goodies beforehand but these would be perfect instead.

  9. They look pretty nice! I love almonds!

    Best regards,

    Doña Masita

  10. I'm always on the lookout for new appetizers. I can't wait to try these crackers.

  11. These crackers look so good, I'll be making them within the next few days.

  12. Oh, I adore Parmesan crackers, Linda, but I have never made them with slivered almonds. I can't wait to give this recipe a try. I can make a meal out of antipasti!

  13. Yum! What I wonderful recipe. These crackers look like something that would be a hit with my family. I think the dough would freeze well so you could freeze and bake them fresh when you need them.

  14. I can see myself popping a few of these on my mouth, yum! I'm curious, what wine did you pair these with?

  15. Those are really appetizing! Perfect little snacks with drinks!

  16. MMMMMMMM,..they look so tasty!!!

    Yum Yum Yum,...

  17. Cheese crackers, yum! Simple and delicious, thanks for posting!

  18. Hi Linda,

    Just printed this one to make today. Homemade crackers are so much fun.

    Oh and you have me completely hording a Lidia cookbook I borrowed from the library. Now I have all her books on my Amazon wish list.

    I'm not so sure this is good for my wallet lol.


  19. I'm on your blog making your crackers. I can't wait to taste them!

  20. I've never made a homemade cracker before and I can't wait to try out your recipe. Thank you for another great idea!

  21. YUM! and with a glass of wine? sounds perfect

  22. These look like they would make a wonderful gift. Thanks for posting them. Your photos are so beautiful.

  23. What a tasty appetizer cracker! Nice and easy and delicious!

  24. Perfect - I'm bookmarking this one.

  25. So good! I love savory crackers!

    I hope Rocky will get better!



  26. Linda,
    These look great. I've clipped to add to my database. Found you through Stacey who lives just a few blocks from me. Great stuff here. Adding you to my sidebar. Hope you visit.

  27. YUM! We make these a lot in our house (sans almonds)! They are called "frico" in Italian! Love your addition of the almonds, though. Adds even more flavor and crunch!