Flaxseed and Onion Crackers

These crackers go well with all kinds of cheeses; try them with Brie or manchego. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Martha Stewart Living, April 2004
  • Yield Makes about 5 dozen
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  • 1/4 cup whole golden flaxseed, plus 1/4 cup ground golden flaxseed (from about 2 tablespoons whole)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for seasoning (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon finely grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Put whole and ground flaxseed, flour, baking powder, salt, and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 2 minutes. Stir in onion and parsley. With mixer on low speed, pour in milk. Mix until dough just comes together (do not over-mix).

  2. Divide dough in half. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface to a 9-inch square (1/8 inch thick). Transfer to two baking sheets. Cut each square with a fluted pastry wheel or a knife into about 30 crackers (each 1 1/2 inches square).

  3. Brush with egg white; season with pepper, and salt, if desired. Bake until slightly firm, about 20 minutes. Switch positions of sheets; flip crackers. Bake until light brown and firm, 18 to 20 minutes more. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

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Reviews (7)

  • Tarathemick 13 Jan, 2013

    Just made this today and I LOVE them, soooo addictive. A Keeper for sure

  • JFadiman 6 Jun, 2012

    The entire recipe is about 1230 calories. If you make 5 dozen crackers as the recipe says, a serving of 12 crackers is 246 calories, with 9 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.

  • emilyavila 13 Sep, 2011

    Any alternatives for those of us who do not have an electric mixer?

  • StephKay6 15 Jul, 2011

    These are 132 calories for each cracker, that can't be right. Who would be able to just eat one as a snack?

  • theolivebranch 3 Mar, 2011

    There's a cracker company from Wisconsin, Potter's Crackers, that makes whole wheat, organic crackers. They have a ton of flavors too like Flax, Six Seed, Garlic

  • kaylarae 31 Aug, 2010

    Nice crackers! I like that these have so much less butter than other cracker recipes I've seen. I used half whole wheat flour and grated garlic instead of onion. I love making crackers!

  • neemoi 22 Feb, 2009

    made them and served to guests who were completely impressed. will use this recipe again. very easy and delicious.