This baked low carb cheese crisps recipe is so easy that you’ll wonder why you ever overpaid for the bagged version. They’re perfect for anyone on a keto diet. You can make it with almost any kind of cheese, depending on the flavor you prefer.
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Keto Cheese Crisps
I like to use semi-hard cheeses to make this great low carb snack. What’s nice is that you can make them with one ingredient, and there’s very little prep time.
A keto lifestyle is a commitment, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your food. There are quite a few delicious keto recipes that deliver lots of flavor as well as the nutrition you need to stay healthy.
Another name for this delicious keto snack is cheese melts. Whatever you want to call it is fine.
This might be hard to believe, but these keto cheese snacks only require one ingredient:
Yep, you read that correctly. All you need is cheese to make your own keto cheese chips..
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You can vary the types of cheese you use. I prefer either cheddar or parmesan cheese crisps. However, you can make pepper jack cheese crisps or use mozzarella cheese.
If you use any type of cheese other than parmesan or cheddar, test the recipe in advance of when you need them. You probably don’t want any unpleasant surprises at the last minute.
What I do is make a few homemade cheese crisps the day before I need them to determine how long they need to bake. Some types of cheese go from being perfectly browned to burned in a matter of seconds.
This time, I made the crisps with parmesan cheese because I wanted them super crispy. Last time, I made them with cheddar cheese, and they weren’t quite as crispy. But they were still delicious!
Flavored Cheese Crisps
If you want additional flavor, add some of your favorite seasonings. Here are some that we enjoy:
- Italian seasoning
- Taco seasoning
- Chili powder
- Slice of jalapeño
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Ground cayenne pepper
- Bagel seasoning
- Black pepper
I don’t advise you to salt them before baking because their flavor intensifies during the process. The first time I made parmesan crisps, I didn’t realize that, and they wound up too salty. This time they were just right!
One of my favorite ways to flavor cheese crisps is to add Italian seasoning and dip them in marinara sauce.
How to Make Baked Cheese Crisps
The easiest way to make this great snack is to do all of the prep work in advance. And by prep work, I’m simply talking about preparing the pan and shredding the cheese.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet by covering it in parchment paper or a silicone mat.
If I don’t want to mess with cleanup, I put foil on the pan first and then lay the parchment paper over it. I think that’s the easiest way to keep from having a mess after you finish baking the crisps.
Set the pan aside. Now it’s time to shred the cheese.
I like to shred anywhere from 1/2 cup to 1 cup, depending on how many people will be eating the chips.
Scoop a little bit, about a tablespoon of the shredded cheese at a time.
Make small mounds of cheese on the parchment paper.
Each mound should be a couple of inches from the others.
If you put them too close together, you’ll wind up with all of them joining together and making one big piece of baked cheese.
After you’ve scooped all of the cheese onto the baking sheet, carefully push any stray cheese shreds toward one of the mounds.
Now stick the pan of cheese mounds into the preheated oven. Bake for 5 minutes.
Check on them to see if they’re golden brown all over. If not, rotate the pan and bake for another 1-2 minutes.
After They are Done
When I make them, they need to bake a total of 7 minutes. However, your oven might cook hotter or not as hot as mine, so keep a close eye on them.
After they’ve turned a beautiful golden brown, they should be ready to come out of the oven.
Place the pan on a wire rack and allow them to cool to room temperature.
As they cool, they’ll become crispy.
I like to put them on a paper towel to absorb any of the oil from the cheese to prevent them from getting soggy. Use a thin spatula to lift these delicate crisps from the pan.
Questions About Baked Low Carb Cheese Crisps
If you’re on a low carb diet, this cheese crisp recipe is perfect for you. Make it with a variety of cheeses for groups or select your favorite cheese if it’s just you.
One thing that I want to mention, though, is that the dryer the cheese the crispier the results. When I make this recipe with cheddar, there’s more of a chew than crunch.
How Should You Store Cheese Crisps?
This baked cheese crisp recipe is easy enough to make them as you want them. However, if you have some left over, place them in an airtight container and set them on the counter for a day or two.
You can store them in the refrigerator, but they’re more likely to get soggy.
How Can You Heat Up Baked Cheese Crisps?
Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in a 350˚ F preheated oven for 2 minutes. Or you can put them in your air fryer at 325˚ F for 1 minute. Doing this crisps them back up.
Can You Use Cheese Slices to Make Cheese Crisps?
Yes, you absolutely can. Cut them into 1-1/2” squares and place them on the covered baking sheet. Follow the rest of the directions above.
Can You Make Baked Low Carb Cheese Crisps with Mozzarella Cheese?
Yes, you can do this as long as you get the low-moisture mozzarella. Otherwise, they’ll be limp rather than crispy. Using the low-moisture cheese gives you the best results.
See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday.
More Favorite Recipes
I like to have a variety of appetizers and snacks for entertaining or family munching. Here are some of our favorite treats:
Easy Basic Cheese Ball – Do you enjoy cheese balls? If so, then you’ll like this recipe! Start with the basics and add seasonings to your liking. I even provide options for coating the cheese ball.
Sausage Balls – These delicious appetizers only have 3 ingredients, and they’re another easy party food to make.
Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes – Stuffed with a bacon and cream cheese mixture, these little tomatoes add lots of color and flavor to your appetizer table.
Chicken Stuffed Celery – Celery is the perfect shape for stuffing, and this chicken mixture makes it even better. I have a feeling that once you try this yummy appetizer from Julia’s Simply Southern, you’ll make it often!
Pineapple Rings – Have you ever air fried or grilled pineapple rings? If not, what are you waiting for? They’re absolutely delicious!
Stuffed Dates – Add some sophistication to your snack selection. You’ll be amazed by how flavorful they are.
- Cheese (parmesan, cheddar, or low-moisture mozzarella)
- Preheat oven to 400˚ F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set the pan aside.
- Shred the cheese into a bowl.
- Scoop the cheese out, about a tablespoon at a time and place it in small mounds on the parchment covered baking sheet. Keep the mounds a couple of inches apart to keep them separated.
- Gently push any stray shreds toward the mounds.
- Put the pan of cheese mounds in the preheated oven. Bake for 5 minutes.
- Rotate the pan and put it back in the oven. Bake for an additional 2 minutes.
- Once the cheese crisps are a medium golden brown, remove them from the oven and place the baking sheet on a cooling rack. Cool them to room temperature.
- Gently lift them from the baking sheet with a thin spatula and place them on a paper towel to blot any oil that might remain on the crisps.
- If your oven runs hot, the cheese crisps might cook more quickly than 7 minutes. Keep a close eye on them after the 5 minute mark.
- Don’t add salt until after you bake the cheese crisps because the flavor intensifies as they crisp up.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 57Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 14mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 3g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.