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Homemade 5-Ingredient Thin Wheat Crackers

Updated on July 16, 2014
Make your own thin wheat crackers at home with 5 ingredients!  For this recipe you'll need wheat germ, flour, salt, oil, and water.  A basic recipe that can be modified easily.
Make your own thin wheat crackers at home with 5 ingredients! For this recipe you'll need wheat germ, flour, salt, oil, and water. A basic recipe that can be modified easily. | Source

Want a Cracker?

When I'm craving something crunchy and salty, one of my favorite snacks is cheese and crackers. In an effort to lower our grocery budget a little, we have been trying to make as much as we can homemade. After trying a few different cracker recipes, this has become our favorite.

While these crackers have just 5 ingredients, the most essential is toasted wheat germ. It makes the cracker! You can also use raw wheat germ and toast it yourself for a few minutes on a skillet. The oil is up to your preference: canola, vegetable, olive, or even coconut (we generally use canola). You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the oil you use. The flour is up to your preference as well: all purpose, whole wheat, white whole wheat (we generally use all purpose). You can also experiment with adding in spices like garlic or rosemary!

Tip

Keep wheat germ in your refrigerator or freezer so the natural oils don't turn it rancid.

Why Wheat Germ is So Special

Wheat grows inside of a kernal. That kernal is made up of three parts: bran (the skin of the kernal), endosperm (the starchy and largest part used in flour), and germ. The germ contains the embryo, the part of the plant that grows a new plant, so it has lots of nutrients inside. It also contains oils which can go rancid and as such, are usually removed when white flour is processed. However, you can buy the germ part of the wheat kernal which we know as wheat germ. It is such a small part of the kernal that it takes 50 pounds of wheat to produce 1 pound of wheat germ, according to Dr. Oz.

Nutrients in Wheat Germ:

  • Vitamin E
  • Folic Acid (a type of B vitamin)
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Magnesium
  • Thiamin (a type of B vitamin)
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Fiber-Rich
  • High quality non-animal protein

In addition to all these nutrients, wheat germ actually has a yummy nutty flavor, especially when toasted. We like to add it into pancakes, oatmeal, smoothies, and our yummy energy balls!



What is Wheat Germ?

Ready to Get Started?

The first time we attempted to make crackers, we were not sure how it would turn out. They had to be crunchy and easy to make. After several trials, it seemed the most important tip was actually to roll the dough as thin as possible. We also preferred baking them on our pizza stones because they don't have edges to limit rolling the dough. However, it also worked to turn over a cookie sheet and roll the dough on the underside of the pan.

How To Make Thin Wheat Crackers: A Pictorial Guide

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Check out this pictorial guide to making your own crackers!  You can do this!First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Then, gather your five ingredients: 3/4 cup wheat germ, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons  oil, and 1/2 cup water. Mix all ingredients together. Roll dough onto two cookie sheets or pizza pans (we prefer pizza stones).  This is the most important part: Roll the dough VERY thin...as thin as you can roll it!  This makes the crackers crunchy.  If the dough keeps sticking to your rolling pin, sprinkle a little flour on top and try again!Score the crackers using a knife.  You do not need to cut all the way through the dough, just lightly run your knife along the top.  Then, prick with a fork all over. Once the dough is scored and pricked, sprinkle your desired amount of salt on top.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 11 minutes, then switch the trays.  Bake another 11 minutes.  After done baking, let cool a little until you can touch them.  Then you can use a spatula to help loosen the crackers and pick up small chunks at a time. If you scored your dough, the crackers should easily break apart! Let cool on cookie sheets/pizza stones.  Stack cooled crackers into a resealable container and keep sealed until ready to eat.  It is best to keep the crackers stacked so they do not break as easily.  Just a tip!
Check out this pictorial guide to making your own crackers!  You can do this!
Check out this pictorial guide to making your own crackers! You can do this! | Source
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Then, gather your five ingredients: 3/4 cup wheat germ, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons  oil, and 1/2 cup water.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, gather your five ingredients: 3/4 cup wheat germ, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons oil, and 1/2 cup water. | Source
Mix all ingredients together.
Mix all ingredients together. | Source
Roll dough onto two cookie sheets or pizza pans (we prefer pizza stones).  This is the most important part: Roll the dough VERY thin...as thin as you can roll it!  This makes the crackers crunchy.
Roll dough onto two cookie sheets or pizza pans (we prefer pizza stones). This is the most important part: Roll the dough VERY thin...as thin as you can roll it! This makes the crackers crunchy. | Source
If the dough keeps sticking to your rolling pin, sprinkle a little flour on top and try again!
If the dough keeps sticking to your rolling pin, sprinkle a little flour on top and try again! | Source
Score the crackers using a knife.  You do not need to cut all the way through the dough, just lightly run your knife along the top.  Then, prick with a fork all over.
Score the crackers using a knife. You do not need to cut all the way through the dough, just lightly run your knife along the top. Then, prick with a fork all over. | Source
Once the dough is scored and pricked, sprinkle your desired amount of salt on top.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 11 minutes, then switch the trays.  Bake another 11 minutes.
Once the dough is scored and pricked, sprinkle your desired amount of salt on top. Bake in 350 degree oven for 11 minutes, then switch the trays. Bake another 11 minutes. | Source
After done baking, let cool a little until you can touch them.  Then you can use a spatula to help loosen the crackers and pick up small chunks at a time.
After done baking, let cool a little until you can touch them. Then you can use a spatula to help loosen the crackers and pick up small chunks at a time. | Source
If you scored your dough, the crackers should easily break apart!
If you scored your dough, the crackers should easily break apart! | Source
 Let cool on cookie sheets/pizza stones.
Let cool on cookie sheets/pizza stones. | Source
Stack cooled crackers into a resealable container and keep sealed until ready to eat.  It is best to keep the crackers stacked so they do not break as easily.  Just a tip!
Stack cooled crackers into a resealable container and keep sealed until ready to eat. It is best to keep the crackers stacked so they do not break as easily. Just a tip! | Source

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Trouble-Shooting

From experience, these are the two issues I've had on occasion. Hopefully these tips will help you too!

They didn't turn out crispy.

  • Try again, but this time roll the dough a little more. Use the palm of your hands to help.
  • Also try cooking a little longer.
  • Generally, the crackers seem to be crispiest when we use canola oil and all purpose flour.

They stuck to the pan.

  • Make sure to use enough oil. While you can use other oils, I found the most success with canola oil. Consider trying that.
  • If using a sheet (as opposed to a stone), try spraying with non-stick spray to see if that helps.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: About 60 crackers

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Toasted Wheat Germ
  • 3/4 Cup Flour, (All Purpose or White Whole Wheat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Oil, (Canola, Vegetable, Olive, or Coconut)
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. When the dough forms, separate into two balls onto two pizza stones. If you do not have pizza stones, use a pizza or cookie sheet, but flip it upside down.
  3. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough as thin as you can. If the dough sticks to the pin, add a little flour.
  4. Score the dough into squares or rectangles. Prick the dough with a fork all over. Sprinkle salt on top.
  5. Bake 350 degrees for 11 minutes. Then, switch the pans and bake another 11 minutes. Total cooking time 22-25 minutes.
  6. Let cool to the touch, then use a spatula to loosen the cracker from the stone or pan. Lift up a chunk of the cracker and gently break apart with your hands. Let cool completely, then place in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6 crackers
Calories 95
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 1 g
Protein 4 g8%
Sodium 233 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

These nutrition facts are based off using white whole wheat flour, canola oil, and sprinkling 1/2 teaspoon of salt on top of the crackers. Additionally, these facts are based on one serving size of 6 crackers out of a total of 60 crackers per recipe. If your crackers are smaller or larger, the nutrition would vary slightly.

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      @Hendrika, that's okay. Totally understandable. Thank you for leaving a comment anyway!

      @Glimmer Twin Fan, they are! Although nothing is quite the same as the boxed Wheat Thins, these are a great alternative!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Intriguing recipe and more healthy than the boxed version. I am pinning to save for later.

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      Hendrika 3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I wish I could really try this, but with the high electricity costs in South Africa it will work out way more than the store bought ones. pity, as I would love trying them. I am always looking for something new to try. Maybe one month the money position will be better and than I will try them.

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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      @Choosetolive, thank you. They are great to try sometime.

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      Ravi and Swastha 3 years ago from London, Canada

      Looks so awesome. I wonder if I can make it in home !

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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      @MsDora, it's one of those things that after you've done it once, you wonder why you hadn't thought of doing it before. I always appreciate your kind comments!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      You make this seem so easy. Don't remember ever thinking of homemade crackers, but the nutrients in the wheat germ are appealing. Thank you for sharing. Voted up!