Saltine Cracker Recipe (Soda Crackers) (2023)

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This homemade saltine crackers recipe takes under 30 minutes to make and you only need 5 basic ingredients plus salt! They're buttery, crispy, and absolutely the best!

Total time 25 minutes

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Whether you call them soda crackers or saltines, you've got to admit that a crispy cracker is the best accompaniment to homemade soup ever created! Learn how to make your own!

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❤️ Why you'll love this recipe

  • Homemade saltine crackers are SO buttery and crispy delicious
  • They're super easy to make
  • They take less than 30 minutes
  • You can cut them into any shape you want
  • If there's a zombie apocalypse and you can't leave the house you'll still be able to have crackers with your soup
  • I've seen several recipes that call for a long list of ingredients, including yeast. Not this one!

Will trash Mark Bitman's crackers recipe. This is our new go-to recipe for saltines ~ Ed

🧾 Ingredients

I love being able to have a fresh supply of crackers in the house.

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You'll also need a heavy cookie sheet, silpat or parchment, and cutters in any shape or size that you want your crackers to be.


Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the green recipe card below.

Keep an eye on these as they bake. You don't want them to get too brown.

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  1. Stir the flour and baking powder together along with any seasonings you'll be adding.
  2. Cut in the butter.
  3. Continue cutting in the butter until it looks pebbly.
  4. Add milk.
  5. Stir well to make a dough that holds together.
  6. Gently knead the dough.
  7. Roll out in a rectangle.
  8. Cut and prick with a toothpick or fork.
  9. Brush with egg and sprinkle with salt.
  10. Bake, let cool, and enjoy those homemade crackers!!

🥫 Storage

This saltine cracker recipe is my favorite of all the ones I've tried.

It's fabulous, and they last a long time, but they do require airtight storage or they'll lose their crispness. Zipper bags are o.k. but for the best storage get a good quality, air tight food grade storage container.

Store crackersin a dark, cool pantry. They may get soft and need to be crisped up a few minutes in the oven.

You can freeze the dough for up to 3 months but don't freeze the finished crackers - they'll get soggy.

💭 Things to know

Expert tip: Throw away the scraps of dough after cutting - they will be tough if you re-roll them. Or, bake it for little, uniquely shaped snacks.

  • Use all-purpose flour. Bread flour has too much protein for this saltine cracker recipe and the texture won't be right.
  • Cut saltine crackers into uniform shapes so that they cook evenly. A cookie cutter is great for this.
  • You don't have to prick the crackers as much as the store bought ones but a few well placed jabs with a fork or toothpick will help them bake crisp.
  • A quick brush of egg white wash (egg white + ½ teaspoon of water beaten) will help salt and other toppings stick.
  • The egg wash helps the cracker crisp in the oven and also hold the salt on. If you have an egg allergy try this: Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch and ⅓ cup water in a small pan and bring to a boil. Simmer until thick. Brush on the crackers in place of the egg.
  • Leave a little room between each cracker when you bake to keep them crispy all over.
  • Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet. There's enough butter in them to keep them from sticking once they've baked completely... or...
  • Roll out and bake on parchment paper.
  • Store in an airtight container. Homemade crackers can get soft easier than commercial crackers, so...
  • Crisp them up in the oven for a few minutes if necessary.
  • Once the crackers begin to brown watch them carefully!
  • They are done when they are a golden brown on the edges and will crisp as they cool.

👩🏻‍🍳 Frequently asked questions

Here are the questions I am most frequently asked about this recipe.

Why are there holes in saltine crackers?

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You poke holes in them before baking to keep the crackers from bubbling up - it keeps them crisp.

How do you crisp soda crackers up?

Preheat the oven to 400F and spread the crackers in a single layer on a heavy cookie sheet. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes, watching carefully.

What's the difference between soda crackers and saltines?

There's really no difference. They are most often called saltines in the United States and soda crackers in the United Kingdom.

  • Stuffed Pepper Soup gives you all the flavor of classic stuffed peppers but in a hearty soup that you can make on top of the stove or in your slow cooker!
  • Gramma's Potato Soup is an old fashioned favorite. Chunks of tender, buttery potato in a creamy, onion scented base will have the family waiting impatiently at the table, spoons in hand!
  • Mom's Chili Soup is another great dish to serve with these crackers! Ground beef, beans, tomatoes - it's SO good!

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🫓 A little cracker history

Do you call them soda crackers or saltine crackers?

My mom called them soda crackers so I always thought it was a Midwest thing (she was born in Michigan) but I've read recently that they are saltine crackers in the United States and soda crackers in Great Britain.

Personally I don't care what they are called, hand me a stick of butter and a plateful of them and I'll be happy.

Serious comfort food for me!

Crackers have had a place in history since well before the Israelites headed out of Egypt with all of their earthly goods and a couple of matzahs.

There were variations on that theme for centuries but it was in 1801 that they finally got a name.

Josiah Bent of Massachusetts was baking biscuits one day when he got distracted. By the time he returned to his oven the biscuits were crispy.

Josiah did not want to admit he'd screwed up so he called them crackers because of the crackling sound they made. And that, my friends, is how crackers came to be— the result of one man's pride.

Of course, those crackers of long ago were nothing like their bland namesakes that line the store shelves today.

Once you get this recipe down you will never, I repeat never, want to go back. You can vary the flour, herbs, and other ingredients to create unique flavors.

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Homemade Saltine Crackers

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This homemade saltine crackers recipe takes under 30 minutes to make and you only need 5 basic ingredients plus salt! They're buttery, crispy, and absolutely the best!

Course Bread

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Cuisine American

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes



Author:Marye Audet-White

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Equipment Needed


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ⅓ cup milk, you can substitute non dairy milk if you need to
  • coarse salt, for sprinkling
  • 1 egg white, OR egg yolk. The whites make them crisper.
  • 1 tablespoon water

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  • Blend the egg white with the water to make an egg wash. Set aside.

  • Mix together the flour and baking powder.

  • If you are adding seasonings mix those in with the dry ingredients.

  • Cut butter into flour mixture until it forms coarse crumbs.

  • Add the milk and knead gently to form a ball.

  • Divide in 4 parts and roll out paper thin on a floured surface. The thinner they are the crisper they will be.

  • Cut the dough into squares or desired shapes. (a pizza wheel works great for that!)

  • Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and prick all over with a fork.

  • Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with salt (or cracked pepper ..or..)

  • Bake at 325 until golden brown..about 15- 20 minutes. (check after 10 minutes)

  • Let cool before serving. They crisp as they cool.

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The yield of this recipe is largely dependent on how you cut the crackers. The nutrition information is based on cutting them into 36 large crackers.

  1. Use all-purpose flour.
  2. Throw away the scraps of dough after cutting - they will be tough if you re-roll them. Or, bake them for little snacks.
  3. Cut saltine crackers into uniform shapes so that they cook evenly.
  4. Egg is to help the cracker crisp in the oven and also hold the salt on. If you have an egg allergy try this: Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch and ⅓ cup water in a small pan and bring to a boil. Simmer until thick. Brush on the crackers in place of the egg.
  5. Leave a little room between each cracker when you bake to keep them crispy all over.
  6. Bake the crackers on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Store in an airtight container.
  8. Crisp them up in the oven for a few minutes if necessary.
  9. Once the crackers begin to brown watch them carefully!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1cracker | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

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First published February 2012. Last updated March 24, 2021 for better instructions and readability.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Michelle

    Saltine Cracker Recipe (Soda Crackers) (10)
    Can't wait to try this out. Thank you for posting. All Ryan and others have to do is screenshot and boom no more ad aggravation!!! Have a wonderful day!


  2. Sherri Lynn Blanchard

    Saltine Cracker Recipe (Soda Crackers) (11)
    Can this dough be made in the bread machine??


    • Marye

      I have no clue. I don't have a bread machine and probably wouldn't think to use one on this recipe if I did.

  3. Kylie

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    These are so delicious. Thank you! I dumbly forgot to put salt in, so I brushed them with egg wash and sprinkled flaky salt on top halfway through the baking time, and I think I may always make them that way 🙂 the egg wash made them nice and shiny. Also I made half twists, half just square sliced crackers. Both were lovely.

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    These are really good dipped in pepper jelly or baked feta 😊


    • Marye

      The egg was is a great idea

  4. Cindy

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    It is amazing how quickly you can have delicious, healthy homemade saltines! This is such a great FREE recipe 💖 Thank you! I like how you can customize the servings! I had saltines ready in under 20 mins! 🤗


  5. Esther

    Saltine Cracker Recipe (Soda Crackers) (14)
    I’m going to try it with gluten free flour. I realize that that might not work. And that’s okay. But the recipe itself sounds like it holds together really well! So I will find a flour that works lol!


  6. Ryan

    Saltine Cracker Recipe (Soda Crackers) (15)
    I want to say first off recipe is good. Makes really nice crackers and I added my own flavors and such. But, just like most blogs, I must give 3 stars because of the constant refreshing I had to do to get ads off of my entire screen. The "x" doesn't work and I can't see anything while the ad follows my screen when scrolling. Not to mention the consistent stream of video ads I have to click out of just to read the post and to write this, as they cover the screen when I'm typing. Not sure why people insist on covering their hard work and passion with ads. Even if they pertained to food or something it'd manageable but I'm cursed looking at Walgreens and car ads on a recipe blog. Just some perspective.


    • Marye

      Ryan - so honestly... you came to my site for a free recipe. Free. Gratis. No strings attached. I work approximately 60-80 hours a week and my cost JUST to keep this blog with FREE recipes on the internet is approximately 5500.00 a month. There are ads in magazines, on podcasts, on tv...billboards... and I'm sure that when you go to work you expect to be paid, yes? Ah Ryan, Ryan, Ryan...those pesky ads are on most blogs because, although we do love our readers, the idea of providing you with FREE recipes while living in a tent outside of Starbucks so I can snag their wifi just isn't appealing to me. However I AM open to creating an ad-free membership only blog if you are willing to pay $150.00 a month for ad-free. Let me know... and have a great day.

    • Wes

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      Ryan, your rating and response show a lack of maturity and a sense of entitlement. To settle your frustration all you needed to do was use the print button.
      Thanks for sharing and doing what you do. I tried this recipe today using vegan butter and the cornstarch wash. Simple and tasty just the way I like to bake/cook.

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