Cheese Crisps ~ Gluten Free, Low Carb & Paleo!

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on December 17, 2013

Looking for a different snack to bring to your next Christmas, New Years or other party?  These Cheese Crisps are super easy.  They have a single ingredient-cheese-and while they are not low calorie they ARE gluten free, low carb and paleo.  They are crispy and crunchy and fill a void that other sweet / starchy treats leave on the party snack tray.

Cheese Crisps Recipe Gluten Free Paleo

When Walmart asked me to share a holiday party recipe, I asked the Frugal Upstate Facebook page what type of snack they would like to see–and there were several requests for something low carb or gluten free.  There are so many folks (including members of my own family) who are limiting their carbs and gluten lately, so I though this would be a perfect time to share my recipe!

Cheese Crisp Ingredients

There really is only one necessary ingredient.  Cheese.   A hard cheese such as Parmesan, Romano or Asiago works the best, a hard cheddar will be ok.  If you use something soft like a mozzarella you are just going to have a pile of goo–not a crisp.  And that powdered stuff?  Don’t even think about it.

The second necessary item really is parchment paper.  You do not want to skip this or you will be scraping rock hard cheese off of your cookie sheets.  It has to be parchment paper–not wax paper or freezer paper.  If you don’t want to go disposable you can always use a reusable baking liner (like the Wilton Silicon Baking Mat or the Silpat Liner)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.    Shred / grate your cheese–I like to use my rotary cheese grater.

Parmesan Cheese for Cheese Crisps

Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Place tablespoons of grated cheese (this is parm in the pictures) about 1 inch apart.  Bake for 6-8 minutes.  The time will depend on your oven, your cheese, how thick  your little pile is.  Keep an eye on the first set and you’ll get a good idea of what you need.

How they look when the Cheese Crisps are done

Here’s a little tip–they will start to look like crisps before they are actually ready.  In the picture above you can see that I initally took the crisps out at the 6 min mark.  They were a solid piece and looked “lacy”–but they were still greasy and the color wasn’t quite right.  After popping them back in a for a few minutes (and watching carefully) they looked done– a light golden brown and no longer greasy.

Cheese Crisps Recipe

While these crisps are amazing fresh, they will keep in an airtight container for several days.  How many days? I’m not sure-they always disappear almost immediately!

Would you like to see what holiday recipes the rest of the Walmart Moms shared?

Momadvice got ready for her holiday meal with Make Ahead Green Bean Casserole, De Su Mama made a special Cuban pork recipe–Lechon Asado, A Cowboy’s Wife made a Maple Glazed Ham with Pineapple Pomegranate Reduction, Freelance Homeschool Mom made a sugar & gluten free Dark Chocolate Salted Almond Fudge,  Mommy’s Kitchen made Eggnog Oreo Truffles and Sugar Cookie Oreo Truffles, Pocket Change Gourmet made a cheese ball with only 5 ingredients, Cutie Booty Cakes made Cranberry Macadamia Nut Stuffing, and Classy Mommy made Easy Peppermint Bark.

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Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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