Buttery Sesame Crackers

Sesame Crackers

It’s funny, but I have never thought of making crackers.  When I am entertaining, I go out and buy them.  I will make crostini, but never crackers.  I was working on appetizer recipes the last couple of months, and started thinking about it.  I remembered these great little Greek butter and sesame crackers I had once, and decided to make the plunge.  It turns out making crackers is not much different from making biscuits or pie dough.  It took a few times to get my recipe where I wanted it, but now it is a breeze to make them.  I made them for Thanksgiving and they were a big hit.  I am so excited to start making them and possibly other crackers when I entertain.  It gives a little something extra to an appetizer spread.  These crackers are delicious, unique, buttery, and have a great cookie/cracker texture.  They are great by themselves and also pair nicely with cheese dips, especially my Garlic Feta Cheese Dip.  I hope you get a chance to try them and make them part of your holidays or next appetizer spread.

Buttery Sesame Crackers

45 crackers

Buttery Sesame Crackers


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (cold)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/8 cup sesame seeds
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • If you don't have cold water, place the water in the freezer to cool down. I put the water in a stainless measuring cup, to bring the temperature down faster. Grease a baking pan and beat the egg white, and set aside.
  • Sift the flour and mix well with the salt. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour. 'Cut' the butter into the flour, until well incorporated and only small pieces of butter are seen within the flour. I use a pastry blender and manually perform this step. Once this is complete, add the cold water and stir until incorporated. Mix it with your hands until it forms a dough. It will be dense and a little shaggy, like a biscuit or pie dough. You don't want to over mix it, just bring it together.
  • Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness, and cut with a round cookie or biscuit cutter, which is 2 in. in diameter. Place on a greased baking sheet and brush each cracker with the egg white and sprinkle sesame seeds on each cracker.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. They are done when golden brown on the bottom and just turning golden brown on the top. If there are areas where the egg white was brushed on thicker, it will be a little darker.
  • Place on a cooling rack. Once cool, store in a sealed container for several days.
  • Enjoy!
  • Notes

    These are a great make-ahead item and can be made 2 days before an event.

    Try pairing with these cheese dips:

    Garlic and Feta Cheese Dip roasted red pepper dip3 Thanksgiving Appetizer

    25 Responses to“Buttery Sesame Crackers”

    1. 12/17/2015 at 10:15 am #

      I have never made crackers but this sounds wonderful! Yumm

      • Zoale.com
        12/17/2015 at 10:19 am #

        Thanks Lynn! This is my first time and I think I am hooked 😉

        • 12/17/2015 at 10:20 am #

          I don’t know why I never tried, it sounds like a great thing to make!

        • Zoale.com
          12/17/2015 at 10:22 am #

          So funny…me either! They really are!

        • 12/17/2015 at 10:51 am #


    2. 12/17/2015 at 3:28 pm #

      Delicious looking crackers Antonia. I tried my hand at making crackers for the first time earlier this year and was pleasantly surprised. It’s one of those things you don’t think to make from scratch but then are pleasantly surprised when they turn out well. The sesame seeds are a wonderful touch!

      • Zoale.com
        12/17/2015 at 8:32 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Heather! You are so right…it is definitely not something you think of making from scratch. I was pleasantly surprised too 🙂 I can’t wait to try different varieties.

    3. Sandhya
      12/17/2015 at 5:07 pm #

      These sesame crackers look so yummy Antonia! Love your pictures with the beautiful embroidered tablecloth too!

      • Zoale.com
        12/17/2015 at 8:34 pm #

        Thanks Sandhya! I appreciate the compliments! I thought the tablecloth was so pretty, I just had to use it 🙂

    4. 12/17/2015 at 7:24 pm #

      I want to have some right now. Looks so YUMMY!

      • Zoale.com
        12/17/2015 at 8:35 pm #

        I wish I could send you some Kushi! Thank you 🙂

    5. 12/17/2015 at 10:03 pm #

      Cracker with sesame seed sounds awesome

      • Zoale.com
        12/19/2015 at 11:12 am #

        Thanks Vidya 🙂

    6. 12/21/2015 at 10:04 am #

      They look fantastic, Antonia! The sesame addition is great! I bet they are like cherries … once you start … 🙂
      I love your tablecloth. Lovely and yet very festive!

      • Zoale.com
        12/22/2015 at 10:32 am #

        Thanks Francesca! So true…they are hard to stop eating! Thank you, I was happy to be able to use it in a photo 🙂

    7. 12/23/2015 at 9:54 am #

      Crackers with sesame seeds looks fantastic….

      • Zoale.com
        12/23/2015 at 4:08 pm #

        Thanks so much Swapna!

    8. 12/31/2015 at 9:01 am #

      What a great idea to make your own crackers. Like you, I’ve always bought them in the past, but this lovely recipe has inspired me to have a go! I love a nice buttery flavour, too. They sound, and look, delicious. 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        12/31/2015 at 10:06 am #

        Thank you Millie! It’s funny, isn’t it? Crackers are usually an afterthought. I am so happy I have inspired you 🙂 If you make these, I hope you enjoy them. These are really tasty and have a great cookie/cracker texture. I am excited to try and make more traditional crackers sometime too. Happy New Year!

    9. 12/31/2015 at 11:34 am #

      I’ve never made my own crackers either, but it sounds easy!

      • Zoale.com
        12/31/2015 at 12:20 pm #

        It is super easy! I hope you get a chance to try them 🙂

        • 12/31/2015 at 1:06 pm #

          Thanks, I will try to do that soon! I have some pumpernickel flour, I wonder if I can make some kind of cracker with that.

        • Zoale.com
          12/31/2015 at 4:18 pm #

          Awesome 🙂 I bet you can. You may need a little extra moisture. I hope it turns out yummy!

        • 12/31/2015 at 5:28 pm #

          Thanks! If it turns out well, I’ll post. If not, then I’ll just keep it to myself lol 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          01/01/2016 at 10:07 am #

          Haha 🙂 Happy New Year!

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