DIY Oyster Crackers Recipe

Photograph: Molly Sheridan

Note: Rather than coat the surface of the crackers with an envelope of salad dressing mix, this is an excellent opportunity to make your own signature flavor with seasonings such as dried herbs or black pepper mixed right into the dough.

The recipe can be easily doubled. Spread pieces across two baking sheets. Add 5-10 minutes to total baking time, rotating sheets half way through.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 80 mins
Serves: 3 to 4 servings
Makes: 2 cups

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  •  5 ounces (1 cup) all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

  • 1/3 cup cold water, plus additional as needed


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Measure flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder into a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add butter and using a pastry cutter or fingertips, work into flour until it resembles coarse meal. Add water and lightly knead dough until it comes together into a ball.

  2. Set dough on a lightly floured surface and cover with an overturned mixing bowl. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.

  3. Roll dough out on a well floured surface to a thickness of 1/8th inch. Cut dough into 1/2-inch squares, rectangles, or diamonds. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and space the shapes out as much as possible.

  4. Bake until crackers are showing color around the bottom edges, about 15 minutes. Turn oven off and crack the door open about eight inches. Leave crackers inside to cool and continue to crisp, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, season with salt, and allow to cool completely. Crackers can be stored in a sealed container for up to a week

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
185 Calories
6g Fat
28g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 185
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 439mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 40mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)