Chipotle-cheddar crisps


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time10 mins
  • Makes7 dozen crisps
*PLUS Refrigeration Time: 180 minutes, Baking Time: 8 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground coriander, optional

  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, packed in adobo sauce

  • 1 to 2 tsp adobo sauce

  • 250-g container MacLaren's Imperial Sharp cheddar, cut into chunks

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes

  • toppings, such as guacamole, salsa and herbed sour cream (optional)


  • In a medium-size bowl, using a fork, stir flour with salt and coriander. Place chipotle pepper, 1 tsp (5 mL) adobo sauce, cheese and butter in a food processor. Whirl until smooth, scraping down side as necessary. Taste and add remaining tsp (5 mL) adobo sauce, if you like it spicier. Add flour mixture. Pulse just until mixture comes together and starts to form a ball. Mixture will be wet.

  • Lightly flour hands, then divide dough into 4 portions. Shape each portion into a log about 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) wide and 6 inches (15 cm) long. Wrap in wax paper, then twist ends to seal tightly. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 1 week. Or place wrapped rolls in a sealed plastic bag and freeze up to 1 month.

  • To bake, position oven rack on bottom shelf. Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Remove a log from refrigerator and slice into 1/4-inch- (0.5-cm-) thick rounds. Spread out on ungreased baking sheets about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart.

  • Bake one sheet at a time on bottom rack of preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove crisps to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining logs. Once cooled, crisps will keep well, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, up to 2 weeks. Serve with guacamole, salsa and herbed sour cream.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 40, Protein 0.9g, Carbohydrates 2.6g, Fat 3g, Sodium 58mg.

Cheese and crackers have been party staples for years. So it's time for a modern makeover! We've rolled both into cheesy, crispy bites. Decorate them with dollops of guacamole, fiery salsa or herbed sour cream.