Shared By: Nicole @ Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.com

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Serves: 24 Gluten-free Buttery “Ritz” Crackers

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (I use Better Batter®)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if using Better Batter®)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika (preferably smoked, but that can be hard to find, so don’t sweat it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (or kosher salt), divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cold water, with ice (ice does not count in the volume measurement)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Line rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Chop 4 tablespoons of butter that is still cold from the refrigerator, and place it in the freezer to chill. Place the other 2 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl, and melt it in the microwave. Allow it to cool while you make the cracker dough.
  • In a large bowl, whisk well to combine the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, sugar, paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Remove the chopped butter from the freezer, and cut it in to the flour mixture (using either a pastry blender or two knives) until the mixture resembles small pebbles. Add the vegetable oil and stir to combine. Add the water a bit at a time, stirring constantly until the dough begins to come together, discarding the ice.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator to chill for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator, place between two large sheets of plastic wrap, and roll out about 1/8-inch thick (about the thickness of a nickel).
  • Using whichever shaped cookie or biscuit cutter you like (I like the scallop-edged kind, since that is what the real Ritz look like), cut into shapes. With a toothpick, poke 4 to 6 random holes in each cracker, toward the center of the cracker to help them rise.
  • Place evenly spaced on prepared baking sheets (they won’t spread, so you need not leave much space between them), and place one sheet at a time in the center of the prepared oven. Bake until just beginning to brown, about 7 to 10 minutes, depending upon how large your crackers are.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining salt.
  • They cool super speedy quick. Eat them.
  • Notes
  • Bean flour blends are NOT true all-purpose gluten-free flours. They do not behave like true all-purpose gluten-free flours. Pamela’s® Baking Mix is, similarly, NOT an all-purpose gluten-free flour. It is a multi-ingredient blend. Think of it like Bisquick®.

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