’08 Advent Calendar, Day 13

I’ve got a girl-crush on Ina Garten. Her parmesan and thyme crackers are perfection — rich, savory, and altogether delicious. I suggest making a double batch: Give half as gifts and freeze the other half to bake a few whenever you get the craving.

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recipe after the jump

Parmesan Thyme Crackers from Ina Garten, via Lottie + Doof

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter for 1 minute. With the mixer on low speed add the Parmesan, thyme, salt, and black pepper and combine. With the mixer still on low, add the flour and combine until the mixture is in large crumbles, about 1 minute. If the dough is too dry, add 1 teaspoon water.

Dump the dough onto a floured board, press it into a ball, and roll into a 9-inch log. Wrap in plastic and refridgerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 4 days.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350° F. Cut the log into 3/8-inch-thick rounds with a small, sharp knife and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 22 minutes, until very lightly browned. Rotate the pan once during baking. Cool and serve at room temperature.

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10 Replies to “’08 Advent Calendar, Day 13”

  1. I’ve seen these on her show and now I seen them here and I must make them. I have to admit they look so much better here! lol

  2. Yes! You must make these! Esi, how many have you eaten? I had to put them away before I consumed half a stick of butter. 🙂

  3. This recipe totally jumped out at me when I was looking at Ina’s new book at the store. I added it to my christmas list. Now I can make these before christmas!

  4. I managed to restrain myself and only have 3…my friends loved them though!! I wish I had made a double batch. 🙂

  5. Thanks, everyone! I’m so happy I mixed up extra and put the rest in the freezer.

    Jen, how did you like them? Isn’t Ina the best?

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