Oyster Crackers from Scratch…So Simple!

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I’ve realized that I learned to cook so that I could eat food that’s guaranteed organic, and one of the last remaining items I can’t find in the store is organic oyster crackers—those hard-as-nails ones that it takes grown-up hands to crack into your oyster stew or clam chowder. It’s really all about the oyster stew because that soup is nothing without a good cracker.

It took a snow day for me to learn to make them and oh…my…God. I will never buy another box! They’re so easy, so delicious, and so much better than the store-bought that it makes me wonder what the F we have all been thinking for the past 50 years.

Proof they are good: Lucia ate the last one about 30 minutes after they were out of the oven, and said with calm certainty: “I think we need to make more of these.” So you might want to double the recipe. This recipe made enough for three people to eat within 30 minutes.

Oyster Crackers


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (cut into bits)
  • 1/3 cup warm water


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Put the flour, salt, baking powder, butter, and warm water into a bowl and mix them together.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into squares (no need to be perfect; you’re just going to roll them up into balls anyway). If you want nice little squares, that works, too; that would be like a “saltine” cracker.
  4. Roll the dough into little balls and place the balls on a baking tray.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until they are golden. Let them sit in the warm oven to make sure they get baked through. (They will get bigger as they cook).

AND GUESS WHAT!?!? They are so easy to crack into bits for your soup because THEY ARE NOT STALE!

Another victory for Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen! Life is good. Even though the snow is up to my hips…

DISCLAIMER: Feeding yourself and your children organic foods may cause extreme health, healing, and happiness.


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9 Responses to Oyster Crackers from Scratch…So Simple!

  1. Yen March 9, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    You must have really good ingredients! Mind sharing? :))

  2. maria (farm country kitchen) March 9, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    just everything organic!

  3. Gail Nickel-Kailing March 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    The answer to good ingredients in our house is always organic!

    I’ve got to try these, I love making crackers!

  4. Alice Green March 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    I love this just for the Disclaimer alone!!

  5. Gail Nickel-Kailing March 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm #


    If you like making crackers try my favorite sourdough cracker recipe. I generally make a batch every weekend and they just barely make it through the week. Yummy!


    Let me know what you think…

    Gail NK

  6. Donna in Delaware March 9, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    If it works for oyster stew, I’m sure that it works for my favorite, New England clam chowder. I prefer clams to oysters, and this recipe is easy-peasy! They look yummy and crisp! We always want things quick and easy, already made, but we are more than capable of making these for ourselves. Thanks for another good organic recipe Maria, always organic, butter and all!

  7. Karen Wendt March 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Never made crackers in my life! it’s time now- these are so simple, and we eat crackers almost every day, with soup, fish, egg salad, etc. Why have I been buying them all these years, knowing the ingredients are less-than healthful?
    Thanks, Maria, for so many great recipes!
    By the way, when I was a little kid, my best friend’s father subscribed to Rodale’s ” Organic Gardening” magazine. Little did I know that as an adult (not telling how old) I would discover the computer site for y’all. And I have the original “Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening” that is The Best One!

  8. Doreen August 14, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

    I love your clam chowder recipe!! It is quick and easy and sooo delicious! I have shared it with lots of folks too!

  9. Carrie September 16, 2019 at 10:42 am #

    I am looking for a recipe to make giant oyster crackers. Does anyone here know what I’m talking about? I’m referencing when there is just one huge oyster cracker served in a cup/bowl of chowder. This version does look quite large in the photos. Has anyone tried making the big version of this recipe, or can anyone confirm the approximate diameter of these crackers? Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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