**If I wanted to purchase this today, I wouldn't... unfortunately, LapTop lunches are made from plastic :( I would, instead, purchase the stainless steel PlanetBox.
Soooo... you can imagine my excitement (and my kids excitement) when on Thursday, one of my favorite blogs to drool over-- The Cupcake Project-- posted a recipe for Homemade Ritz Crackers!!!!!! Obviously, we made them...
Plastic-Free Ritz Crackers
2 c all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP sugar
1/2 tsp salt
6 TBSP cold unsalted butter, cut in pats
2 TBSP vegetable oil (I buy my veg. oil in bulk)
2/3 c water
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Put the flour, baking powder, sugar, and 1/2 tsp of salt in the food processor and pulse to combine.
- Add cold butter, pulse to combine.
- Add vegetable oil. Pulse to combine.
- Add water a bit at a time. Pulse, until the dough begins to form a ball.
- Roll dough out as thin as you can. The thinner they are the more crisp and cracker like they are.
- Use cookie cutters (or a ruler and knife) to cut the dough out. Make whatever shape you like.
8. Poke holes in the dough. We used a fork.
9. Bake the crackers for 10 minutes or until golden in color. <-- I baked mine a bit longer to get them more golden and crisper. (The Cupcake Project recommends using parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets... and I did a batch with and without... I like the coloring that the crackers get when baked on an unlined baking sheet. Don't worry about greasing the baking sheet, the crackers don't stick ;) )
10. As soon as the crackers are done baking brush them with the butter and salt. NOTE: I wasn't sure about how the crackers would store if I brushed the butter on them after baking... so I brushed the cracker dough with the butter and sprinkled on the salt BEFORE I popped them in the oven.
11. Let the crackers cool... then store in an airtight container...