Gluten Free Crackers: The Different Varieties & Our Favorite Schär Cracker Recipes
When you think about crackers, do you picture a plain white square with a light dusting of salt? Many people mistakenly believe that crackers are boring and bland by definition, but that is simply not true. Crackers come in a wide variety of delicious textures and flavors, each with their own perfect pairing when it comes to dips, spreads, and toppings.
In this article, we’ll be exploring the different types of gluten free crackers and talk about some of our favorites you can find in stores and on our online store. We’ll also provide a collection of five tasty recipes to transform your favorite gluten free cracker into a snack you’ll love.
Exploring Different Types of Crackers
A cracker is, by definition, a flat, dry baked good made with some type of flour. They are often seasoned with salt, herbs, and/or cheese and may have seeds or other ingredients mixed in or sprinkled on top before baking. Though crackers can be enjoyed alone, they are often served with dips, spreads, and other toppings such as cream cheese, hummus, bruschetta, and more.
Here are some of the most popular types of crackers you may be familiar with:
- Classic crackers – Often baked in a round shape, classic crackers are usually known for their light, flaky texture and buttery flavor.
- Cheese crackers – These snack crackers are usually bite-sized and can be flavored with a variety of cheeses including parmesan and cheddar.
- Water crackers – This type of cracker is usually very thin and light with a crisp texture and minimal flavoring – they are designed to be served with toppings.
- Matzo crackers – A flat, cracker-like bread, matzo crackers are part of the Jewish tradition and are usually eaten during Passover.
- Saltine crackers – A thin, crisp cracker also known as a soda cracker; saltines are sprinkled with salt as the primary flavoring.
- Oyster crackers – These are small, round soda crackers that are typically served with soups, stews, and chilis.
- Multiseed crackers – Typically made with sesame, flax, and other small seeds, these crackers have a richer flavor than many crackers.
Most of the crackers you see on grocery store shelves are made with wheat flour and other gluten-containing ingredients. If you’re in the market for a gluten free cracker, you’ve got to try Schär’s selection. Use the Store Locator to find Schär gluten free products at a store near you or purchase directly on our gluten free shop here.
The Best Gluten Free Crackers
Whether you’re a fan of a buttery cracker with a flakey texture or a crispy, crunchy cracker, Schär gluten free has something sure to suit your tastes. As a dedicated gluten free brand, you can trust Schär to deliver premium quality and amazing taste in every cracker they sell.
Here is an overview of some of the best gluten free crackers Schär has to offer:
- Entertainment Crackers – A crowd-pleasing favorite, these salty, savory crackers have a slightly flaky texture and are lightly salted for a hint of flavor.
- Table Crackers – These versatile crackers have a light, crispy texture that works well with savory toppings. They are also perfect for dipping into soups and chilis.
- Italian Breadsticks – Baked to crispy perfection, these crunchy breadsticks are great for dipping or simply to enjoy as a side with your favorite Italian dish.
- Snacker Thins – Perfectly sized for your favorite dip or spread, these lightly salted crackers work well with toppings but can also be enjoyed on their own.
- Honeygrams – Though some describe them as a cookie, honeygrams are the gluten free equivalent of graham crackers and are perfect for making s’mores and gluten free pie crusts. They also come in a chocolate variety.
- Italian Crostini – Pair these crackers with robust toppings like bruschetta or pesto and serve them as an appetizer before your favorite Italian-style entrée.
Now that you know more about the delicious gluten free crackers available to you, you’re ready to start thinking about creative ways to enjoy them. Read on to see some of our favorite recipes.
Tasty Recipes Using Gluten Free Crackers
The best way to enjoy a nice crisp cracker is with a batch of homemade dip, but that certainly isn’t the only way. Even the simplest store-bought crackers can be transformed with the right ingredients. Here are some tasty recipes we’ve compiled using gluten free crackers:
1. Banana Split Ice Box Cake
Servings: 10 to 12
- 16 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 (3.4-oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
- 24 Schär gluten free honeygrams
- 2 medium bananas, sliced thin
- Sliced strawberries, to serve
- Gluten free chocolate syrup, to serve
- Whisk together the whipped topping, sour cream and vanilla pudding mix in a large bowl.
- Fold in the pineapple then spoon the mixture into a large piping bag.
- Place four honeygrams on a plate in a rectangle shape.
- Cut the tip off the bag and pipe the pudding mix onto the crackers.
- Top with banana slices and repeat the layers five times, ending with a layer of whipped topping.
- Cover and chill overnight then top with strawberries and chocolate syrup to serve.
2. Goat Cheese and Sweet Pepper Bruschetta
Servings: 4 dozen
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint
- 3 medium sweet peppers, cored and seeded
- 6 ounces fresh goat cheese
- 2/3 cup whipped cream cheese
- 48 Schär gluten free Italian crostini
- Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, and mint in a large bowl.
- Finely chop the peppers and toss with the olive oil mixture – let stand 15 minutes.
- Combine the goat cheese and cream cheese in a small bowl and stir well.
- Spread a teaspoon of the cheese mixture on each cracker.
- Spoon the marinated peppers onto the crackers, draining the excess liquid.
- Serve immediately.
3. Salted Toffee Bark
- 20 Schär gluten free table crackers
- 1 cup cold butter, chopped
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 (8-ounce) package chocolate English toffee bits
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a rimmed 15x10-inch baking sheet with foil.
- Arrange the crackers in the baking sheet in a single layer.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir in the sugar.
- Bring to a boil and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the melted butter over the crackers and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips and allow them to soften for a few minutes.
- Spread the melted chocolate and sprinkle with toffee bits.
- Set aside to cool then refrigerate for 1 hour until set.
- Break the toffee bark into pieces by hand and store in an airtight container.
4. Olive and Goat Cheese Spread
- 1 cup finely diced tomato
- ¼ cup pitted olives, diced
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
- 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- 16 Schär gluten free Snacker Thins
- ¼ cup fresh goat cheese
- Combine the tomatoes, olives, basil, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
- Toss well to combine then set aside to rest for 10 minutes.
- Spread the goat cheese over the Schär gluten free snacker thins in a thin layer.
- Spoon the olive mixture over the goat cheese and serve.
5. Chocolate-Dipped Sandwich Cookies
- 30 Schär gluten free entertainment crackers
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
- Lay half the Schär entertainment crackers out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Spread the peanut butter evenly over the crackers.
- Top each with another cracker and chill until the peanut butter is firm.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler over simmering water.
- Stir in the shortening until smooth then dip the sandwiches in the chocolate.
- Place the sandwiches on the baking sheet and chill until the chocolate hardens.
6. Blueberry Cheesecake Trifle
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup milk, cold
- 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 12 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 ½ cups crushed Schär gluten free entertainment crackers
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 (21-ounce) cans blueberry pie filling
- Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth.
- Add the sour cream and beat until well combined.
- In a small bowl, beat together the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes on low speed.
- Stir the pudding into the cream cheese mixture then fold in the whipped topping.
- Toss together the crushed crackers and melted butter.
- Spoon half the cream cheese mixture into a trifle bowl and sprinkle with cracker crumbs.
- Spread half the blueberry pie filling over the cracker crumbs.
- Repeat the layers and refrigerate until ready to serve.
When it comes to enjoying gluten free crackers, the options are endless! Don’t be afraid to get creative with your dips, spreads, and cracker toppings – there are no wrong answers!