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Homemade Cheez-Its

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This Homemade Cheez-Its recipe is a viral sensation! If you’ve ever wondered how to make those crunchy, cheesy delights known as Cheez Its, you’re in luck!

With this homemade Cheez Its recipe, you can whip up a batch of your very own. All you need are a few simple ingredients, a little creativity, and a love for all things cheesy.

Over 4 million views, this afterschool snack and viral appetizer recipe have quickly made their TikTok trending rounds.

small cheese it cracker.

Why you will love making TikTok Cheese-Its

Homemade Crackers are awesome, so we made a Keto-Friendly Cheese Crisps recipe over on our other site, Salty Side Dish. Those crackers are made with shredded cheese and produce “cheese blobs” over “cheese squares,” but they are just as fun and addictive.

This TikTok Cheese cracker recipe may not be the same as store-bought crackers with an actual dough or flour mixture, but it maintains crispy little bites made of real cheddar cheese.

Plus, they can be flavored depending on the kind of cheese you use, making this recipe a customizable win and a low-carb cheese cracker substitute perfect for a charcuterie board. 

With only two simple ingredients, this keto-friendly version of the ever-popular Cheese-Its cracker is one of the best crunchy, crispy, salty, and cheesy snacks ever. 

Where did the Cheez-It Recipe come from?

We initially saw this on viral TikTok video creator @cooklikeimbook. He has some delicious recipe options, and his profile says he is a private chef! Make sure to follow him for more like this.

Check out the original inspo and video recipe below:  

Would we make this recipe again?


I don’t like that saying, but DANG, this cracker recipe is incredible! I want them just a little warm right off the pan, and they do start as a copycat cheese-it flavor, and then they taste like cooked cheese! HA! But they are good.

I love original cheez-its, and this recipe was a close second.


There are only two essential ingredients needed to create all these cheesy flavors. 

  • Ultra-Thin Sliced Deli Cheese: I saw the Sargento brand sharp cheddar cheese, but I tried the store-brand cheese, and it worked great! I just wanted to test that out because food is so expensive lately. I used six slices, and those fit on a pan well.
  • Salt: You cannot make chips without a little bit of fine or coarse salt.  
cheese slices.

How to make Homemade Cheez-Its

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F and line a cookie sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. 
  2. Cut each piece of cheese into four smaller squares and place them on the baking sheet, about 3/4″ apart. A pizza cutter can assist with this. 
  3. Once the baking sheet is complete, use a wooden skewer or straw to cut a hole in the center of the cheese. 
cheese it crackers getting ready to bake.
  1. Bake cheese for 20-22 minutes.
  2. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Let stand to cool before removing and enjoying.
viral tiktok cheese it crackers in a white bowl.

Going Keto? Try This Cheez It Crackers Recipe! Who says a keto diet has to be dull and flavorless? With this keto Cheez It recipe, you can enjoy your favorite snack without the guilt.

The low-carb ingredients ensure it fits your diet plan without sacrificing taste. Try it and see how this cheez it crackers recipe becomes a staple in your snack repertoire.

Expert Baking Tips

  • These baked cheese crackers are crispy and thin but greasy. If possible, I want to try to eliminate some of the grease after baking. Paper towels are likely the best thing to use. But I had no problem destroying them with my kids. 
  • I think you can omit the straw/cutting hole in these baked crackers—just a personal opinion. 

  • Test making homemade cheese crackers with other cheeses like sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, or any cheese.
  • Be careful because it’s easy to wolf down the entire batch of homemade snacks in a hot minute. 

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Homemade Cheez-Its (TikTok Viral)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Easy, Cheesy, and Crispy Homemade Cheez-Its recipe has been viewed over 4 million times. The perfect little snack, these crunchy appetizers are Keto Friendly and worth the make.


  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Sheet
  • straw


  • 6 slices Ultra Thin Sliced Deli Cheese
  • salt


  • Preheat the oven to 275 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Cut each piece of cheese into four smaller squares and place them onto the baking sheet, about 3/4" apart.
  • Once the baking sheet is full, use a straw to cut a hole into the center of the cheese. 
  • Bake cheese for 20-22 minutes.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven and sprinkle cheese crackers with salt.
  • Let stand to cool before removing and enjoying. 


Please note that the nutritional value and servings will largely depend on how many slices of cheese you use. 
  • These baked cheese crackers are crispy and thin but greasy. If possible, you may want to try to eliminate some of the greases after baking. Paper towels should work.
  • Try with any ultra-thin cheese.


Serving: 24crackers | Calories: 685kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 1099mg | Potassium: 129mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1683IU | Calcium: 1188mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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  1. Just tried it, and they stuck to the parchment paper after baking. So that was a waste! We tried to peel off the paper but it was cooked on. Tried a taste of what we could salvage which was like a quarter of a slice of cheese. Tasty, but how do we get the paper not to stick to the cheese?

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Nothing should stick to parchment. Are you sure you didn’t accidentally use wax paper, because its not the same thing. I have never had parchment stick before on anything.

  2. Amazing! I just made this quick and easy snack and it is hands down, a winner. I used thin cut mild cheddar slices found at my local grocery store, cut them into fourth’s with a pizza cutter, placed them on a parchment paper lined pan for 20 minutes at 275 and viola! Perfecto! Husband and kid approved.

  3. I just made them! Delicious! Did not stick to parchment paper. So good!

  4. Love this idea because my kiddos love cheese it’s, however, they came out chewy not crispy. The taste is there, but texture was way off.

  5. Nicole Skinner says:

    How long are these good for after making. They are so delicious 🫶

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