Tested till perfect Olive and Parmesan Crackers
Olive and Parmesan Crackers
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Olive and Parmesan Crackers

These slightly puffed, crisp crackers don't need to be dunked or spread with anything. They're perfectly delicious on their own and work well cut into festive shapes, such as trees, stars and snowmen.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2009

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  • Portion size 60 pieces


  • 1 cup 1cupgrated Parmesan cheese, (4 oz/125 g)
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupall-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupcornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspcrushed fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspbaking powder
  • 1/8 tsp 1/8tspcayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupcold salted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupcold water
  • 3 tbsp 3tbsppitted, drained oil-cured black olives, finely chopped
  • 1 1egg whiteegg whites, beaten
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In food processor or bowl, mix together Parmesan cheese, flour, cornmeal, fennel seeds, baking powder and cayenne pepper. Pulse or cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until in coarse crumbs. Add water; pulse just until dough starts to come together.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface; sprinkle with olives and knead to form smooth dough and incorporate olives. Cut in half; form into discs. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.

On lightly floured surface, roll out each disc into 12-inch (30 cm) circle. Using 2-1/2-inch (6 cm) round, star or other cookie cutter, cut out shapes, rerolling and cutting scraps. Transfer shapes to greased or parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Brush lightly with egg white.

Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional Information Per piece: about

cal 23 pro 1g total fat 1g sat. fat 1g
carb 2g fibre 0 chol 3mg sodium 45mg
potassium 6mg

% RDI:

calcium 2 iron 1 vit A 1 folate 2
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