Homemade Crackers That Are Better Than Store Bought Saltines

This homemade crackers recipe tastes so much better than store bought saltines. It’s very easy to make and uses just 5 ingredients.

homemade crackers topped with veggies and cream cheese

I made it for the first time to create this post for all of you, and I’m certain I’ll be making it on the regular from now on.

Why These Homemade Crackers Are Better Than Saltines

I usually tout the benefits of being able to hand choose the ingredients that are in the food you make at home, when comparing a recipe to a store bought version of the same.

With saltine crackers it’s not really all that reasonable to make that argument. In my opinion, the ingredients I’ve used in this recipe are better than those in store bought saltines.

However, the difference is close to negligible. The big offender in store bought saltines is the oils. They use palm, soy, and/or canola oil; all pretty poor choices for optimum nutrition.

I’ve used lard for my recipe. Some will find that a poor choice. Others will not. I am sitting on the same side of the fence as those who do not.

The reason I claim that these homemade crackers are better than store bought saltines is the flavor. They are exponentially more flavorful. And that matters almost as much as their nutritional value.

Ingredients For This Recipe

The ingredients used in this homemade cracker recipe are all common kitchen staples.

ingredients for a recipe sitting on a cutting board

Chances are you probably already have everything you need to make yourself a stash of homemade crackers for the week.

Here’s a list of ingredients needed to put this recipe together …

  • FLOUR – All-purpose flour is perfect for this recipe. Organic is always preferred.
  • BAKING POWDER – Baking powder provides these crackers with a little rise.
  • SALT – I use real salt for this recipe. Any salt will work.
  • LARD – Lard provides a great texture for these crackers.
  • VEGETABLE BROTH – Vegetable broth adds some flavor to this cracker recipe.

How To Make Homemade Crackers

This homemade cracker recipe is very easy to make. And it doesn’t require much hands on time at all.

To start, mix flour, baking powder, and salt together well in a small mixing bowl.

mixing ingredients in a bowl with a whisk

Then cut in some lard. Be sure that it is cold when you put it in the bowl.

cutting lard into dough with a fork

Add the vegetable broth in increments. Mix well after each addition of broth. Mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

dough ball in a bowl

Shape the dough into a disk and place it on a well floured surface. Flour the dough disk as well. Roll it out with a rolling pin until it is just a bit thinner than you want your crackers to be.

rolling dough with a rolling pin

Use a pastry wheel (or a pizza cutter) to cut the dough into rectangular shapes.

cutting rolled out dough into squares

Use the tip of a fork to poke 3-4 sets of holes in each cracker (rectangle).

poking holes in rolled out dough with a fork

Place the crackers on a parchment lined baking sheet.

homemade crackers ready to go in the oven on a parchment lined baking sheet

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to lightly brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

freshly baked homemade crackers on a parchment lined baking sheet

Variations For This Recipe

I haven’t tested ways to make substitutions in this recipe. I’m sure there are different flour substitutions that can be made.

homemade crackers displayed on a slate board

However, all flour is not created equal. So, if you want to use another flour you would have to experiment a little with the ratios.

Herbs can be added to this recipe very successfully. I suggest trying a little dill, rosemary, sage, or oregano.

And you can change the flavor of these crackers by switching out the vegetable broth for a different flavor broth.

You could use any broth that appeals to you. I would try chicken or shrimp if I were going to give another flavor a try.

You can also just use water instead of broth if you wanted the crackers to be even more similar to store bought saltines.

How To Serve Homemade Crackers

These homemade crackers can be used in all the same ways you would use a store bought saltine.

homemade crackers with sandwich toppings on a slate board

Load them up with all your favorite toppings. Crush them into a bowl of soup. Or serve them with a platter of cheese.

You can use them to scoop up your favorite dip too. They’re delicious! They’re even tasty just as they are, no other accompaniments needed.

How To Store Homemade Crackers

You’ll want to store your homemade crackers in an airtight container.

homemade crackers in a bowl on a table with topped crackers next to it

Like any other cracker they will go stale in no time if exposed to air. I know some people who store their crackers in the fridge.

If you are one of those people, these crackers will do just fine stored that way. I personally don’t like the texture that a cracker takes on after being refrigerated. So, I never store my crackers this way.

This recipe does not really have any ingredients in it that promote preservation properties. It is best eaten in just a few days.

As I mentioned earlier, this was the first batch I ever made and they were gone in just a few days. So, quite honestly, I’m not sure exactly how long they will stay fresh.

pinnable image for homemade crackers

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homemade crackers displayed on a slate board
Yield: 30 CRACKERS


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

This recipe makes a tasty, crisp homemade cracker that's better than store bought. It is easy to do and doesn't require much hands on time at all.


  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbls lard, cold
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c vegetable broth, cold


  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Cut in lard with a fork. Once it is partially mixed in you can cut it in completely by tapping a mini whisk into the mixture. Or simply use your fingers.
  3. Add the veggie broth in 4 increments. Stirring between each addition.
  4. Once all the broth is in, and the dough is pulling away from the bowl, remove it from the bowl and form it into a disk. Do not overwork the dough.
  5. Flour both sides of the dough disk.
  6. Use a rolling pin to roll it out until it is just a little thinner than you want your crackers to be.
  7. Using a pastry wheel (or a pizza cutter) cut the dough into rectangular shapes.
  8. Use the tines of a fork to press 3-4 series of holes in each shape (cracker).
  9. Lay the crackers out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  11. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to lightly brown.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  13. Serve. ENJOY every bite!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 397mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/1/2023. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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