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Old-Fashioned Soda Crackers

Old-Fashioned Soda Crackers
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Old-Fashioned Soda CrackersPhoto/Art by Aimee Seavey

Total Time: 30

Yield: 40-50 crackers

Soda crackers are the usual Yankee accompaniment to chowders, eaten with and crumbled in the soup. If you would like to make your own, here is an old recipe.


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling dough
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Coarse kosher or sea salt


Preheat oven to 375° and line two baking sheets with parchment.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the cold butter, working it into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it resembles coarse meal.

Slowly add the milk and gently mix the dough, then knead it, until it just comes together and is tacky but not sticky. (If necessary, add more flour.) Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Divide in half, and return one half to the refrigerator. Roll out the other half 1/8 inch thick, sprinkling with more flour as needed to prevent sticking. Use a pizza cutter to cut it into 2-inch squares.

Transfer the squares to the baking sheets, leaving an inch of space between squares; then sprinkle with coarse sea salt, and prick them all over with a fork.

Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes, depending on size.

Repeat with the second half of the dough.

Updated Friday, August 17th, 2007

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