Easy Ranch Party Crackers

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This Easy Ranch Party Crackers recipe is an easy snack that’s bursting with flavor!  It’s one of those recipes that everyone will be begging for.

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This Ranch Crackers recipe has only five easy ingredients and is exploding with flavor.  They are incredibly easy to make – which is a good thing because your friends and family will be begging you to make them again and again.

Why This Homemade Crackers Recipe Works

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how incredibly easy they are to make.  There are only five easy ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

The crackers are coated in a butter and seasoning mixture and then are baked so that the flavor permeates the cracker.  I can’t get enough of the buttery, flavorful snacks!

I like to serve these with this smoked cream cheese. The flavor is amazing!

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How to Make this Ranch Crackers Recipe  – Step by Step

  • STEP 1: Combine the ranch seasoning, crushed red pepper and garlic in a small bowl.  (Photo 1 below)
  • STEP 2: Place saltine crackers in a large bowl. (Photo 2 below)
  • STEP 3: Pour melted butter over the crackers. (Photo 3 below)
Step by step instructions for making this ranch crackers recipe
  • STEP 4: Pour seasoning mixture over the buttered crackers. (Photo 1 below)
  • STEP 5: Carefully stir the mixture so all of the cracker are coated in butter and seasoning. (Photo 2 below)
  • STEP 6: Lay the crackers on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake as directed.  (Photo 3 below)Step by step instructions for making this ranch crackers recipe

Can you use gluten free crackers?

Absolutely!  This is a great recipe for jazzing up gluten free crackers.  Simply make sure the brand of Ranch dressing mix you use is gluten-free or swap it for equal measurements of another gluten free seasoning mix.

Can you bake these party crackers ahead of time?

These party crackers are a great make-ahead recipe.  Once they’ve finished baking, simply allow them to cool completely then store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

I highly recommend making a double batch because these homemade crackers disappear fast!

Ranch crackers recipe in a white bowl

Expert Tips for Making the Best Homemade Crackers

I love the hint of spice in this ranch party crackers recipe.  But, if you aren’t a fan of spice, check out these tips for customizing this crackers recipe.

  • Shake and Bake: Place the buttered crackers in a zipper bag and add the seasoning.  Then, shake to coat the crackers.
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and bake in batches.
  • Try Different Flavors: Feel free to try new flavors.  Switch out the Ranch dressing mix for Italian or swap the garlic powder for cumin for a Tex Mex flavor.

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Ranch Spicy Crackers

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
These Ranch Spicy Crackers upgrade an ordinary pack of saltines into a flavorful party snack that everyone will love.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Place melted butter in a large bowl. Add crackers and gently toss ensuring that each cracker is coated.
  • In a small bowl, combine Ranch salad dressing mix, red pepper flakes and garlic powder; stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle dressing mixture over crackers ensuring that each cracker is coated.
  • Spread crackers in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Cool completely before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Expert Tips

  • Ranch Varieties: Use different varieties of Ranch mix, such as spicy ranch or buttermilk.
  • Whole Wheat: To make a somewhat healthier version, use whole wheat or unsalted saltines.
  • Taco Seasoning: Sprinkle some taco seasoning onto the crackers for a bit more flavor. You can also add a dash of cayenne pepper to give the crackers more spice.
  • Shake and Bake: Place the buttered crackers in a Ziplock bag or container and add the seasoning. Then, shake or flip the container to coat the crackers. If the seasoning isn’t sticking, use canola oil.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 705mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 3.1mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: American

27 thoughts on “Easy Ranch Party Crackers”

  1. 4 stars
    I used oyster crackers, omitted red pepper flakes and added 1 Tbsp dried parsley and 1 tsp dried dill. Next time I think I will use unsalted butter. The crackers and mix have enough salt.

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  2. This was my first time making these crackers but I found it to be difficult to coat the crackers with butter and then shake them in the bag. They wanted to break for the first batch. The second batch I divided the crackers up in three groups. I put each group in the bag and poured the butter with the seasoning into the bag to cover the crackers. This worked better. I went through a lot of seasoning. I read the comment about coating the crackers with a brush, and decided I will do this next time. I will also make a lot of seasoning. Most of the crackers turned out okay and they were very tasteful! Thanks for posting the recipe.

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    • I mix the seasonings with the melted butter before coating the crackers. put the crackers in a bowl & gently turn the crackers with your hands to coat them. you can save some of the seasoning to sprinkle on top of the crackers once they are on the cookie sheet.

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  3. Can you please update the recipe to say “1 – 1 ounce package of ranch” or “One 1 ounce package” I read the thing 100 times over and still couldn’t make sense of it. After adding in 3, 1 ounce packages I realized that was way excessive and it finally clicked that it was one, 1 ounce. I see from the comments I’m not the only person that struggled with the clarity. I extracted as much as I could lol hoping they still turn out but please update the recipe for busy, distracted moms, like me lol.

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  4. I had a version of these at a hotel bar over Thanksgiving. I like the spiciness of this recipe. These crackers are literally crack!

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  5. 4 stars
    Tossing the crackers in butter broke them so I just put them on the baking sheet and used a pastry brush to dab on the melted butter. I didn’t need to use much to coat them and they came out fine.

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  6. Put crackers in a Tupperware, all stacked sideways. Mix the ranch dressing packet with olive oil. Pour over the crackers, put the lid on, shake it up and down/flip it over and repeat, when you walk by it- flip it again until they’re all coated. No need to bake. Garlic powder is already in the ranch packet.

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    • It could be the thickness that your rolled the crackers out to or the temperature of your oven. Sorry they did not work out.

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  7. 3 stars
    I’m sure they would be great but 20 minutes resulted in burnt crackers for me. Not black burnt but past the point of being very edible. Will eventually try again but only bake 10-15 minutes

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    • Have you checked the temp of your oven? Sometimes they run hotter than what the temp is set to. I keep a thermometer in mine to ensure it’s correct.

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  8. 5 stars
    I didn’t know you could make this cracker better. I always have Saltines on hand. I will definitely be trying this recipe soon. I will let you know how everyone likes them.

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