The perfect cocktail bite to serve before a big Italian meal. Make a batch of these big flavor parmesan thyme crackers and serve with your favorite wine for your next dinner party. Your family and friends will be so impressed you made homemade crackers. Best of all? They don’t even need cheese…although feel free!

wooden bowl of lined up parmesan thyme crackers garnished with fresh thyme
The ultimate cocktail snack recipe…a bowl of parmesan thyme crackers.

I’m always so impressed when I’m at a dinner party and the host brings out a batch of homemade cheese straws to serve with cocktails in place of a big, heavy appetizer. That’s why I created these simple but elegant parmesan thyme crackers. They’re the perfect small bite to nibble on before a big Italian meal.

Plus, these homemade crackers have the best texture, big flavor (hello parmesan and thyme) and they’re super easy to thanks to my quick buttery cracker dough.

Other easy nibbles like this you’ll ♥️: warm ricotta cheese dip, creamy honey mascarpone dip, and cheesy meatball pizza balls. Or serve alongside my boursin stuffed mushrooms if you need another appetizer…so good!

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A crunchy cracker solution

white bowl of flour and bowls of butter, parmesan, thyme and cornmeal.
Five ingredients (not including salt) are all that’s needed for these simple crackers.

Want to know what it is? This easy cracker recipe gets its crunch from two things…a proper baking time/temperature combo and…cornmeal!

I figured since cornmeal adds an amazing crunch to the bottom of a homemade pizza crust, why not employ the same technique by mixing it into the cracker dough?

And the baking time and temperature was tested a couple of different ways.

First, I baked the crackers at 325˚ for only 10 minutes but didn’t get the crunch I wanted.

Baking them for another 15 minutes did the trick and gave me a thicker, firm cornmeal cracker that resembled my favorite whole wheat crackers from Carr’s. So delicious on their own but totally welcoming to any kind of toppings.

Ready to see how it’s done?

Tips for successful cracker making

  • Freeze the dough for about 30 minutes for easy slicing into crackers.
  • Use a plastic knife or a lettuce knife to slice the dough to keep the crackers somewhat round.
  • Place the cut crackers directly on a baking sheet that hasn’t been treated, sprayed or covered with parchment paper.
  • Use a fork to lightly make decorative “marks” or “holes” in the tops of the crackers before baking.

How to make homemade parmesan thyme crackers

This is such an easy appetizer recipe we are going to get right to making it. After all, you’ve got a party to plan!

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Use a fork or stand mixer (on low) to mix the cornmeal into the flour.
2. Cut the butter into pieces and add into the dough.
cayenne pepper mixed into parmesan thyme cracker dough in mixing bowl.
3. Using the paddle attachment, mix the dough on medium speed until the dough comes together, about 5 minutes or so.
parmesan thyme cracker dough being wrapped in plastic.
4. Divide the dough in half and place one half on a piece of plastic wrap. Twist each end to secure.
roll of parmesan thyme cracker dough wrapped in plastic wrap.
5. Roll the dough into a long log,about 2″ in diameter. Repeat with the other half.
sheet pan of unbaked parmesan thyme crackers sprinkled with parmesan.
6. Slice the log into crackers, about 1/4″ thick. Place on an ungreased, unlined baking sheet and bake for 22-25 minutes at 325˚.

Make ahead notes

  • Make the cracker dough ahead and shape into two logs. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Defrost enough so that you can cut it before following baking instructions.
  • Or…bake the crackers as in the recipe card below, allow them to cool completely before placing in a freezer safe bag.
    • Freeze up to 3 months.
    • To defrost, open the bag (to avoid the crackers becoming soggy) and bring to room temp. Place on a baking sheet in a 300˚ oven for a few minutes until crispy again.

Serving, storage and freezing suggestions

baked parmesan thyme crackers garnished with fresh thyme in wooden bowl.

Serving Idea. Serve with a mild, spreadable cheese such as a brie or triple cream Saint Andre and some red grapes for a simple cocktail party appetizer.

Or serve with some different jams like a fig jam or my own mixed berry compote.

Storage. Store leftover crackers in resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days.

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wooden bowl of lined up parmesan thyme crackers garnished with fresh thyme
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Homemade Parmesan Thyme Crackers

The cocktail bite to serve before a big Italian meal. Make a batch of these big flavor parmesan thyme crackers to serve as cocktail bite with your favorite glass of wine. They don't even need cheese…although feel free!
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes
Servings 35 crackers



  • Combine flour and cornmeal. stir in salt. add butter with mixer until coarse crumbs form. Add 1 Tablespooon water until dough forms and comes together. Add in thyme ,parmesan cheese and cayenne plus more water as needed.
  • Roll into 2″ log using plastic wrap. Use a serrated knife to slice into 1/4″ thick crackers.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake at 325˚ for 22-25 minutes on the center rack until slightly golden brown on top and firm.
Course: Appetizer, bread
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Lori Murphy
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