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  • Cheese Crisps Recipe: Why You’ll Love It
  • What Are Cheese Crisps?
  • Ingredients You’ll Need
  • How To Make Cheese Crisps At Home
  • How To Make Cheese Chips Crispy?
  • Storage Instructions
  • What To Serve With Cheese Crisps
  • More Cheesy Recipes
  • Tools To Make Baked Cheese Crisps
  • Baked Cheese Crisps (Plain + 10 Easy Flavors!)Recipe card
  • Recipe Reviews

Whether you’re looking for baked cheese crisps or simply a cheesy, crunchy snack, these cheddar parmesan crisps are a savory, chip-like snack that’s also naturally healthy, gluten-free, low carb, and keto-friendly. You can make these cheese chips with cheddar, parmesan, or other cheeses, and I’ll explain the pros and cons of each, plus tons of variations and ideas to make them your own. You’ve got so many options!

Cheese Crisps Recipe: Why You’ll Love It

  • Cheesy, savory flavor
  • Crunchy, crispy texture
  • Just one ingredient (plus options for different flavors)
  • Made in less than 15 minutes
  • Naturally low in carbohydrates, keto, and healthy snack
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What Are Cheese Crisps?

When you bake little heaps ofcheese in the oven, they turn into these amazing, crispy baked cheese crisps (a.k.a. cheese chips). They are crunchy, cheesy, and very simple to make.

And just like homemade pork rinds and fruit leather, they only take a few ingredients to create a mouthwatering snack.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for cheese crisps, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.

The only ingredient you really need to make baked cheese chips is… shredded cheese! The most common types of cheeses used are cheddar and parmesan, but this cheese crisp recipe actually works with all hard or semi-hard cheeses:

  • Parmesan – Parmesan crisps are more light and definitely the crispiest texture. This is probably the most foolproof cheese to make cheese crisps with, because it basically always comes out crispy. These also come out saltier than those made with many other cheeses, even without adding any additional salt.
  • Cheddar – Cheddar cheese chips are just slightly more challenging, because you have to get the timing just right. If you don’t cook them enough, they will be soft and pliable (not crispy), but if you cook them for too long, they will burn easily. It’s just a little more difficult to make the cheddar ones crisp without burning them, but it is doable.
  • Mozzarella – Mozzarella cheese will be similar to cheddar, but less crunchy, since mozzarella has more moisture. If you choose to use this cheese, be sure it’s low-moisture part-skim mozzarella, not the fresh variety, which has even more water content and won’t crisp up.
  • Pepper Jack – A little bit different flavor with a bit of heat. It’s a great option when you want to mix things up a bit.
  • Swiss – The swiss gives a distinct flavor and would be great with everything bagel seasoning.
  • Colby – Mild and creamy, colby jack cheese is great for dipping, as it’s not as flavorful as some of the other options.
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Flavor Variations

Baked cheese crisps are easy to customize with different cheeses or spices! Try these combinations:

  • Plain Parmesan Crisps – If you love parmesan, you’ll love this plain version. You can also add any of the seasonings listed below to it.
  • Plain Cheddar Chips – You can definitely make plain cheddar chips too. Be sure to watch them closely when cooking as they go from done to burnt in a hurry.
  • Italian – This is the version on the recipe card below! It includes a blend of cheddar and parmesan, plus Italian seasoning blend.
  • Everything Seasoning – Use mozzarella or parmesan cheese and sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning.
  • Cool Ranch – Sprinkle cheese piles (I like Parmesan or cheddar) with powdered ranch seasoning.
  • Salt & Vinegar – Use parmesan cheese and sprinkle with salt and vinegar seasoning.
  • Sour Cream & Onion – Use a mozzarella or parmesan cheese with a sprinkle of sour cream and onion popcorn seasoning.
  • Spicy Jalapeno – Use pepper jack for extra spicy or cheddar for a milder heat. Top cheese pile with a thin slice of jalapeno.
  • Chili Lime – Use cheddar cheese with a sprinkle of chili powder and lime zest.
  • Mexican – Make the cheese crisps using a Mexican cheese blend and swap out the Italian seasoning with taco seasoning.
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How To Make Cheese Crisps At Home

This section shows how to make parmesan crisps, cheddar chips, or any other kind of cheese chip you want! The process is the same for all of them. For full instructions, see the recipe card below.

  1. Prep. Preheat oven and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. (A silicone mat also works fine.)
  2. Mix cheese. If you’re using multiple cheeses, stir them together in a small bowl.
  3. Form piles. Place tablespoon-sized heaps of the shredded cheeses (think 2-inch circles) onto the parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with seasonings of your choice.
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  1. Bake. Place the cheese crisps in the oven until the edges start to brown. Watch closely, as they go from done to burnt quickly.
  2. Cool. Let the chips cool in the pan until they are no longer gooey, then use a thin spatula to transfer to a paper towel or cooling rack to crisp up.
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How To Make Cheese Chips Crispy?

The keys to crispy baked cheese crisps are:

  • Size of the piles – Keep your piles of cheese fairly small, and don’t layerthem too thick. You want the cheese to spread into a very thin layer as it bakes in the oven, which will make it crispy.
  • Spacing – Make sure you leave enough space between the piles for them to spread, otherwise you’ll end up with a sheet of cheese! That’s still perfectly edible, but individual chips are better for most purposes. Plus, the edges get the most crispy, so it’s better to have separate chips so that you have more edges.
  • Oven time – The time in the oven will vary depending on your particular oven, and more importantly the size and thickness of your cheese piles. If you don’t bake them for long enough, your chips will be chewy instead of crispy (this is less of an issue with parmesan crisps, which get crunchy easily, and more so with other cheeses).
  • Browning – The cheese crisps are done when the edges are a little browned. This is the doneness indicator to watch for.
  • Watch closely – They will go from “not yet” to burned very fast! Chips made with semi-hard cheeses, like cheddar chips, are prone to be too soft if you take them out too soon, but burned if you wait too long. Parmesan crisps are a bit more foolproof, since parmesan is a harder cheese than cheddar.

Storage Instructions

  • Store: Keep cheese crisps in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
  • Freeze: You can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
  • Crisp up again if needed: If your chips lose their crispness, you can bake them again, just until cheese melts, and then remove from oven and let them cool to crisp up.
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What To Serve With Cheese Crisps

There are lots of ways to use baked cheese crisps. You cando almost anything with them that you would do with “regular” chips:

  • Dipping – Along with tortilla chips and zucchini chips, these parmesan cheddar crisps are the solution for all the dipping, all the topping, and all the crunchy, salty snacking you’ve been missing. They’re awesome for everything from spinach artichoke dip and crab dip to salsa and guac… almost just as much as munching on them all on their own.
  • Topping – Top ’em with whatever you like to make nachos such as more cheese, ground beef, and sour cream.
  • Soups – Serve the chips on the side for something crunchy, or melt them over the top of your soup. Try cheddar chips with taco soup or parmesan crisps with creamy mushroom soup.
  • Salads – Crumble your cheese chips intosalads, such as a Caesar salad or spinach bacon salad. Seriously, if you haven’t tried a salad with parmesan crisps, you’re missing out! Since they are super crunchy, they make the perfect stand-in for croutons.

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Baked Cheese Crisps (Plain + 10 Easy Flavors!)

This quick & easy baked cheese crisps recipe will show you the basic method for crunchy cheese chips, plus 10 simple seasoning combinations!

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 7 minutes

Total: 12 minutes

Author: Maya Krampf from

Servings: 4 (adjust to scale recipe)

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Stir the cheeses together in a small bowl.

  3. Place uniform tablespoon-sized heaps of the shredded cheeses onto the baking sheet, 2 in (5 cm) apart. (They will spread, so make sure to leave enough room.) Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, if using.

  4. Place in the oven for 6-8 minutes, until the edges start to brown. (Watch them carefully, as they go from done to burned fast.)

  5. Allow the cheese chips to cool slightly in the pan, then transfer them to paper towels to drain and get crispy.

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Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1/4 of entire recipe, or ~6 chips

  • This cheese crisps recipe combines both cheddar and parmesan. If you prefer just one of them, just double that one and leave out the other!
  • See the post above for 10 easy flavor variations.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.




Total Carbs1g

Net Carbs1g



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Calories: 152 kcal

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Why are my cheese crisps not crispy? ›

If you find your cheese crisps are soggy once they've cooled, you likely didn't bake them enough. The edges should be brown before they are removed from the oven. Alternatively, you may have used a soft cheese that won't harden properly when it cools.

Are Parmesan crisps healthy? ›

These Parmesan cheese crisps made from 100% aged Parmesan cheese are a flavorful and wholesome snack choice. They provide a good source of protein, calcium, and healthy fats. Since Parmesan cheese is low in carbohydrates and high in protein and fat, it aligns well with a ketogenic diet.

How do you store cheese crisps? ›

To store: Cheese crisps can be stored at room temperature, in a completely sealed container, for up to 1 week. Any longer than that and it will begin to lose its crispiness. To freeze: Place leftovers in a vacuum sealed or firm ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

How are whisps made? ›

How are Whisps Cheese Crisps made? Whisps Cheese Crisps are made by baking premium, artisanal cheese into an airy, crunchy crisp. Only after our master cheesemakers taste and approve for quality and taste will it become a Whisps crisp.

Are cheese crisps bad for you? ›

One serving of cheese crisps is 1 ounce and has 10 grams of protein. Whisps recommends their cheese crisps as a healthy snacking alternative that is sugar free, gluten free, and keto-friendly.

Why are my crisps wet? ›

In the time it takes for the food to reach the customer's door, the lack of ventilation combined with the heat of the food itself, steams the chips, causing them to go limp and moisture ridden. Packaging can transform perfectly crunchy chips into floppy stems.

What are the unhealthiest chips? ›

Potato chips from brands known for excessive salt, saturated fats, and artificial additives tend to be less healthy. Examples include Lay's, Pringles, and Ruffles. Opting for baked or kettle-cooked chips and checking nutritional labels can help make a healthier choice.

Are baked crisps healthier than fried? ›

Baked chips offer less fat overall than regular chips, making them only slightly lower in calories, which will have a minimal impact on your overall calorie intake for the day,” McPherson said. Meanwhile, she found that baked chips generally have 25% more carbohydrates than their fried counterparts.

Do baked cheese crisps need to be refrigerated? ›

They do not require refrigeration.

Do baked crisps need to be refrigerated? ›

Store baked parmesan crisps in a sealed container at room temperature. They do not need to be refrigerated.

What kind of cheese does Chipotle use? ›

The shredded white cheese that Chipotle uses is commonly known as Monterey Jack. It is a semi-hard cheese made from cow's milk that melts well when exposed to heat. Chipotle's Monterey Jack cheese is used to make quesadillas and queso dip, and it's happily added to any menu item when asked.

What cheese is best for keto? ›

Some cheeses suit the keto diet better than others. This mainly comes down to their carb and fat content and level of processing. The best keto cheeses include cheddar, Gouda, goat cheese, and blue cheese, while the worst are cottage cheese and low fat and processed varieties.

Are Whisps real cheese? ›

Light, crunchy Whisps Cheese Crisps are made of 100% real cheese for a delicious keto-friendly and gluten free snack that's a good source of protein, and sure to beat even your cheesiest cravings.

Why are my cheese straws not crispy? ›

It can be hard to tell when cheese straws are perfectly baked, but underbaking can lead to soft straws instead of crisp ones.

How do you fix soggy crisps? ›

Place the soggy chips on a baking sheet in a single layer. Make sure they're not too crowded, allowing for proper air circulation. Bake the chips in the preheated oven for about 5-10 minutes, turning them over halfway through the baking time. Keep a close eye on them to prevent overcooking.

What makes chips more crispy? ›

Cooking at a farily constant and high oil temperature, around 350°F/[177°C], heats the slices so rapidly that the starch granules and cell walls have little chance to absorb any mositure before they're dessicated and done, in 3–4 minutes. The texture is therefore delicately crisp and fine-grained.


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