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My parents have all the material "stuff" they need. Mom asked for homemade gifts this year. She loves sweets, which I have covered, but Dad is more of a cracker/snacker. I made him a simple nut mix already, but would really love to do up some crackers for him to enjoy during all the college bowls. I have made the rosemary pecan nut thins (ala Trader Joe's, I guess) and while we all loved them, he didn't refill his plate. He is really simple in his tastes but loves those darn ritz pretzel flips. Can you suggest a recipe you've tried that was a hit (any variety s fine!)? Thank you!

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  1. By any chance does he like the taste of Parmesan cheese? If so, These Parmesan Crisps are so easy to make. Very cheesy and go well with dips and such. I love them on their own.

    Parmesan Crisps

    One ingredient - Fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

    Grate it on the larger hole size of a grater. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Preheat oven to either 350 or 375 degrees (Test a batch you'll see which works better. Mine does well with 375).

    Just to get a nice round shape, place a tablespoon of cheese in some kind of ring thing as a mold- I've used a rubber bracelet. I've also cut the top off a paper cup.

    Bake for 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Take them out of the oven and lift the sheet of parchment off and let cool for a minute. Then the crisps should pop off when you put your fingers underneath and press up. Finish cooling on a rack and store in a sealed container.

    Variation: You can add cayenne, or black pepper, or garlic/onion powder and such. I like them with cheese only, but that's just my personal taste.

    Here are some photos showing how I make them:

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    1. It doesn't get any better than these Parmesan Black Pepper Biscotti…

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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      1. re: skippy66

        Whoa Skippy, I love the idea of those Biscotti!!!

        1. re: skippy66

          I LUV biscotti - these are a great idea!!!!

          1. Just posted on another thread that I made some blue cheese and pistachio shortbreads that were a huge hit. I also saw a similar recipe for ones made with rosemary.

            http://www.closetcooking.com/2011/12/...

            1. These are a holiday stand-by at my house
              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

              I also do something like the rosemary crackers linked above when I want something sturdy for chnuky dips, except I use EVOO and a portion of the flour whole wheat. Nigella, poppy or sesame seeds are a good alternative to rosemary, too.

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              1. re: splatgirl

                Thank you! I just made these and I think they are going to fit the bill nicely!