Dilly Ranch Cheez-Its are a three-ingredient snack that will have you covered for every binge-watch, football game, and poolside party.
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Dilly Ranch Cheez-Its could possibly be the snack of all snacks. Combining two favorite flavors with crunchy, cheesy Cheez-Its. Cool ranch seasoning + fresh dill coat these cheesy snack crackers and create an irresistible snack for any season.
Dilly Ranch Cheez-Its require four ingredients in total:
- Cheez-It crackers
- Ranch Seasoning
- Fresh Dill
A little time and patience are also required, but it won’t be long until a crunchy snack perfect for binge-watching Netflix is ready.
Let’s chat about this process…
While this is a very simple recipe, there are a few key techniques you’ll need to master in order to make this the best recipe you’ve ever made!
The key to any delicious crunchy snack is riding the flavor train! In order to do this, you need to use a neutral flavored oil so whatever you add will stick and get cozy with the crackers. I use plain vegetable oil and gently stir for about a minute and a half. You want every cracker to get coated in the oil, so when you add the ranch and dill it sticks really well.
Sprinkle some ranch seasoning mix into your bowl of cheese crackers. If you’re making one box of crackers, use half the package of ranch seasoning. For two boxes, use the whole package. Set a timer for 1:30 minutes, and stir for that long. You really want to gently scoop and stir the crackers while you are moving your bowl a quarter turn each time. This helps evenly coat each cracker, spreading the flavor all the way through!
This Dilly Ranch Cheez-Its recipe is great to make for teacher gifts, hostess gifts, or holiday neighbor packages. You can just put into a mason jar, add a ribbon and gift tag, and you’re good to go!
Now, add your chopped fresh dill. And once again, stir gently. You want every cracker to have a piece of dill – so spend some time stirring well!
Spread the seasoned crackers onto a half sheet pan and create as even a layer as possible. Don’t crowd the pan too much, use as many pans as you need to. You’ll be stirring this every 6 minutes in the oven, so you definitely want some space to be able to move without crackers falling overboard!
After 6 minutes in a 300-degree oven, give a good stir. You’ll do this step 2-3 more times, depending on how hot or cool your oven is.
You can serve these hot out of the oven, or let them cool. Store in an air-tight container for a couple of weeks — but, there is no way they will last that long! 😉 When you get to the end of the container, put the broken pieces and crumbs into a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to create a cracker coating for chicken or fish! It’s just delicious!
Here is what you will need:
- 1 box Cheez Its (just the plain, regular, original ones!)
- 1/8 cup Canola Oil
- 1/2 package Ranch Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon Minced Fresh Dill
- Dump cheez it crackers into a large bowl
- Pour oil over top, and gently stir, until all crackers are coated
- Sprinkle ranch seasoning and dill over top, and gently stir again
- Pour onto a half sheet pan
- Place in a COLD oven
- Turn oven to 225*
- Set a timer for 10 minutes - stirring at the 4 and 8 minute mark
- After 10 minutes, remove from oven, and allow to cool
These cheesy, ranchy, dilly snack crackers don't last long! Be sure to store in an airtight container for as long as they'll last. Dilly Ranch Cheez Its make a great food gift anytime of the year, but especially at Christmas!
Bring Dilly Ranch Cheez-Its to your next tailgate, your next meeting. Serve them on your front porch with a glass of tea while the kiddos play.
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