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I live in a small town. I mean not that small, but small enough to not be able to find sesame crackers, sesame sticks or sesame anything for that matter! Anywhere!

Actually I take that back, occasionally I find a box at target. But that is it, just one box! I know, crazy right? So I wiped away my tears, turned my oven on, got my butter, sesame seeds, and flour. OMG you guys, let me tell you, the homemade version is good! Like really good. Way better than from a box with like 75 ingredients.

See they are the perfect cracker for the holidays. They are the perfect combination of crunchy, buttery and slightly sweet. You can serve them as an appetizer paired with a savory cheese, as a snack or even paired with coffee, tea, or maybe hot cocoa after dinner. These crackers are a triple threat!

I made a Mascarpone Cheese spread to sit on top of these guys. It is the perfect topping for these crackers! Really, is there a better snack than cheese and crackers? Yeah, that is what I thought.

Serve these at your next holiday party. Everybody goes crazy for cheese and crackers!

Sesame Crackers with Cranberry Cheese Spread

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 32 Cracker
Calories Per Serving: 139 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • Toast the sesame seeds in a large skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until golden, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.
  • Beat the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, salt and baking powder and beat until combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low; add the flour and 1/4 cup of the toasted sesame seeds and beat until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil and butter the parchment or foil. Form teaspoonfuls of dough into small balls, then roll in the remaining 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds, pressing to coat. Arrange the balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Gently flatten each ball with the palm of your hand.
  • Bake, switching the position of the pans halfway through, until dark golden around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool 1 minute on the baking sheets, then carefully remove the cookies with a thin metal spatula and transfer to racks to cool completely.
  • For the Cheese:
  • Combine the mascarpone cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, dried cranberries, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. MIx well.
  • Spread a thick layer on each cracker or serve along side crackers as a spread.
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I think I will grab some crackers for munching and cozy up to a Christmas movie….. such a nerd.

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  1. Wow, I was attracted to the cheese spread when I saw your post, but now I also want to bake the crackers. Yum!

  2. I’m all for homemade crackers and I love that you don’t need to roll them out! They look wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Oh, these look delicious, and original!! It’s so fun to see something brand new when perusing these recipe parties 🙂 My mom adores sesame crackers, I just might have to make some for her! Thanks for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays

  4. I love to make my own crackers. Love the sesame on yours and your search for them made me smile. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  5. YUM!! They look amazing! I’m stopping by from “All my Bloggy Friends” blog hop.

  6. I’ve never made crackers before, but yours look amazing and I may have to give it a try! They’d be perfect on an appetizer table for Christmas!

  7. These really sound great. Thanks for sharing. I am hosting a Merry Merry Munchies linky party @ Dining With Debbie and would love for you to join in. There are two great giveaways (1) a $50 gift card to my favorite jeweler, (go check her out) and (2) a signed copy of Arkansas Pie: A Slice of the Natural State written by my good friend and blogger buddy, Kat Robinson. Be sure to sign up through rafflecopter for a chance to win one of these.

  8. You made your own crackers??!! That’s so awesome! And I totally agree, why eat a store bought product with a zillion ingredients (half I can’t even pronounce!) when you can make it at home. This is great! I’m totally gonna try this!

  9. These look so good! The cheese spread sounds equally delicious, I can’t wait to try them:)

  10. Hey there! I’m new to your site and am so happy I found ya! Your crackers look awesome and I bet they’re fun to bake. I’ve never made crackers and have been meaning to try it out. The cheese spread also sounds wonderful – perfect for a holiday party appetizer!