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Amaranth Crackers with Cheddar and Pepitas

Jennifer Altman

Yield: Yields 35 crackers

In these crispy, gluten-free crackers, amaranth flour is paired with the bold Southwestern flavors of chili powder, cumin, and garlic, and topped with Cheddar and hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas). Try them dunked in bold dips like Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa.

This recipe is excerpted from Crackers & Dips. Read our review.


  • 1 cup amaranth flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch, plus 2 tsp. for rolling
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup grated tightly packed Cheddar cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the amaranth flour, cornstarch, baking powder, sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, and garlic powder. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup water and the olive oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a crumbly dough, about 10 strokes. Knead and squeeze the dough in the bowl until it comes together into a smooth ball. (If the dough seems a bit crumbly and dry, add a sprinkle of water to bring the dough together.)
  • Dust a piece of parchment paper with 1 tsp. of the remaining cornstarch. Place the dough on the paper and pat it into a rectangle measuring 4 by 6 inches. Dust the dough with the remaining 1 tsp. cornstarch. Cover the dough with a piece of plastic wrap and roll out the dough until it is 1/16 inch thick.
  • Remove the plastic wrap on top, trim the edges of the dough, and cut the dough into rectangles measuring 2-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches. (Save and re-roll the scraps.) Using a bench scraper or spatula, transfer the crackers to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them closely together. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds and cheese over the crackers, pressing firmly to adhere the seeds and cheese to the dough.
  • Bake the crackers, rotating the baking sheets once from top to bottom and from front to back while cooking, until the crackers are browned at the edges and crisp to the touch (underdone crackers will be quite pliable when you try to bend one), 14 to 15 minutes. When crackers are completely cool, transfer them to an airtight container for up to 5 days.

    crackers & dips cookbook


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