Marion Cunningham's Lemon Crackers

Seeing a bowl of homemade crackers on the table never fails to surprise and impress guests. Marion's lemon crackers are truly unusual, perfect with soups, salads and yes, even cheese. Or just for nibbling. 
I don't know about you, but I don't like tons of salt on things...so I think the tablespoon of salt in the topping is too much. If you like salty, go ahead. If not, cut it down to your taste. 3/4 tablespoon is plenty.
Also, when Marion says to cut the crackers right out of the oven, do so. They crisp up fast and are difficult to keep in squares, although a little unevenness in a homemade cracker is not a bad thing. I found I didn't need to turn them over to bake an additional 5 or 6 minutes either. They browned nicely on the bottom without turning, but you do have to roll out the dough to a 12 inch square, which is quite thin. 

These may have some sugar in them, but trust me, they aren't sweet.

Lemon Crackers
From The Supper Book by Marion Cunningham

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons finely grated lemon rind
4 tablespoons butter, cold
2/3 cup milk, plus a few drops more if needed
1 tablespoon kosher salt (3/4 is sufficient)


Preheat oven to 325.
In a processor, mix the flour, sugar, salt and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the lemon rind. Pulse a couple times. Cut up the butter and add to the flour, pulsing until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the milk, process as little as possible, until the dough comes together, adding a drop or two more of milk if there are any dry crumbs.

Divide the dough in half. On a floured board, form the piece into a square about 4 inches. then roll out into a 12 inch square, flouring the board and rolling pin to prevent sticking. The finished dough should be no more than 1/8 inch thick. 

Carefully transfer it to an ungreased cookie sheet. (Sounds difficult, but it isn't.) Score the dough into 2 inch squares, then, with a fork, prick each square three or four times.

Mix the kosher salt and remaining lemon rind, sprinkle over the dough and press into the dough lightly with your fingers. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip the cracker over and bake another 5 or 6 minutes. (I didn't need to flip, but it did take longer than 15 minutes in my oven to brown the top side a bit. Keep an eye on it, all ovens are different.)

Remove from oven and immediately break into pieces along the scored lines.

Repeat with the other half of the dough. Cool crackers completely and store in an airtight container.


  1. I think you've written about Marion Cunningham before. I really should check out her recipes. These lemon crackers look lovely.

  2. Love these lemon crackers!!

  3. Happy Easter dear Barbara, and hope you are enjoying the weekend.
    I am so with you there - too much salt is actually bad and the lemon crackers look tasty.
    Enjoy the new week

  4. These lemon crackers are beautifully done, Barbara.

  5. They look crackably delicious! Love that lemon hint! :) ela@GrayApron

  6. These must be delicious!



  7. These sound fabulous as nibbles with drinks or with salads. I've made homemade crackers only once (my MIL's recipe) and you're right. You do have to cut them quickly before they crisp up.

  8. Homemade crackers with butter are the best. The first ones that I ever made were Thomas Kellers... I made 2 batches in 2 days. Love the lemon idea and will give these a try... Cunningham's recipes never fail.

  9. Nice nice recipe. I 'm glad you don't have to flip 'em! I can imagine spreading some chevre on these lemon crackers---perfect accompaniment.

  10. I've never heard of these!
    How divine though?
    Glad I stopped by, would love to give these a go.

  11. I would have never thought about lemon in a cracker but I love the idea! I can imagine how delicious they would be with a salad or cheese.

  12. Blog-reading at home makes for interesting comments. The Knight says there's no such thing as too salty, but even salt won't help lemon "cookies." I think they sound wonderful, but would prefer to add salt only if I discover it is actually missing. (Why yes, one of us has ridiculously low blood pressure and the other is on two BP medications!)

  13. oh love the sound of lemon in here

  14. Well, I do like my salt, but I'd probably prefer to let the lemony flavor shine through! What nice crackers!

  15. You are so right sometimes when i see crackers on the table I eat so much that I don't feel like eating the main course afterwards. They are totally deductive!

  16. How delicious. Homemade crackers and so much healthier than anything store bought.
    I hope your Easter was delightful. Blessings, Catherine xo

  17. You know Barbara, I've never made home made crackers. What! am I waiting for? These lemony crackers not only look delectable but sounds delicious as well. I can just imagine "dunking" them in a big ol' bowl of hummus! Thank you so much for sharing...

  18. Crunch, crunch, crunch. I can just taste them with cheese!

  19. How delish, barbara! i just barely saw your comment on my old post and wanted to thank you for coming. i have to scale back on creating post because it just seems to me that many people have lost interest in blogging, and yes it takes a lot of time! but i love all the dear people with whom i have connected, so i will continue to post, but not as often, much love to you! anita

  20. I've tried making crackers a few times and they just didn't come out right, but the flavor profile of these is so interesting that I'm just going to have to take another crack at it (pun intended)...

  21. Hi, Barbara -- Left a longish note the other day; must have gotten caught up in the spam filters (i mentioned a book, maybe that's why). Anyway, if you find it lying in the Moveable Feast Cookbook spam pile (a rather harsh miscarriage of Internet justice), you'll see my note to you just to say "hey."

    Hope all is well!!



  22. Hola Barbara se ven ricas y crujientes tengo que prepararlas pronto tomo mota de tu receta,abrazos

  23. Your lemon crackers look stunning, they would be a delicious side to some curries - refreshing :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. savory citrus crackers! how creative! i've never made crackers from scratch but it seems surprisingly easy!

  25. I made these delectable crackers & they were divine, my friend, really delicious too. 😊



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