Introduction: Queen of Hearts Finger Food/Appetizers

I made these for a themed birthday party but these can be made for any occasion. Have fun, there are no rules for Finger food except that they should be FUN!

I will be showing you how to Make the crackers, add the toppings and Arrangement

Let's get started:

Step 1: Ingrediants to Make Crackers

Don't buy store bought crackers, make your own! They are really easy to make and people will be shocked that you made them. These crackers are based off a recipe from a food blog that I LOVE. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making a cracker flavour.  I'm going to be showing you how to make one of my favourite combo's, ground pepper & Thyme.

 Pre-Heat oven to 450 degrees

You'll Need:
Parchment paper-
for baking crackers
Mixer with dough attachment( no mixer- do it the old fashion way *HANDS*)

Ground Pepper & Thyme crackers

1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1/2 Cup Cake Flour
3/4 Cup warm water
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. fresh thyme ( you can substitute dried)

Add the flours, salt, pepper and thyme to mixer. Stir to evenly distribute seasonings. Slowly add the warm water and oil.  Mix on medium until ball dough forms.
Isn't this easy!

Step 2: Knead Cracker Dough

Remove the ball of dough from the mixer and bring over to your floured surface

Step 1:
Knead the dough ball on a floured surface until it doesn't stick to your hands
-Let dough set for 15 minutes
-Cut dough in half

Step 3: Make the Crackers

Step 2:
-Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until 1/4 thick.
-Cut out your shapes and lay them on your pan thats covered with parchment paper and bake in preheated oven(450 degrees) for 8-12 minutes

*Since this was for a Alice In Wonderland Theme Party, I used a ridged edged heart to represent the Queen of Hearts. I also made some little rabbits because they are great for kids and who doesn't LOVE the White Rabbit from the story.You Can also just use a knife or pizza cutter and cut out odd shapes if you don't want to use cookie cutters. (I'll be showing pictures of all 3 types this way you can see what each looks like)

*If you want to add extra thyme on some of the crackers, lightly moisten the top of the crackers with water(NOT TOO MUCH) and add more thyme. Press down on the thyme to make it stick.

Step 4: Toppings for the Crackers

What you'll need:

Homemade Pepper & Thyme Crackers
A tangy Jelly-
I used a homemade Plum Wine Jelly
Cheese cutter
Walnuts -
These are from my tree but bagged store bought are fine too
Walnut Cracker ( if needed)

Step 3:
- Spoon a tiny bit of jelly onto heart shaped cracker
- Add a pieces of parmesan & walnut
- Top with a sprig of fresh thyme.

The red jelly and white cheese goes perfectly for Queen of Hearts theme

Make sure NO ONE is allergic to nuts at your party. Make some without nuts and serve on a separate tray making sure to label both trays. Also, make some with just Jelly,  or sliced turkey & provolone or Swiss Cheese

Step 5: Arrange & Serve

Step 4:
- Arrange crackers on a fancy tray and serve. Don't over load the tray as it could look messy and unattractive. Think less is more.
- Have some serve the guests. Alice served ours...

**The last picture is some of the appetizers without any nuts. These just had Jelly  or Jelly with slcie Turkey and Provolone or swiss cheese.