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Cheez-It Jalapeno Poppers

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14 cheese balls 1x


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup jack cheese, grated
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup jalapenos, chopped

For the breading:

  • 1 cup Cheez-It® grooves, crushed
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

For the dredging station:

  • 2 eggs beaten, seasoned with hot sauce if desired
  • 2 cups flour
  • cooking grease to fry


  1. Mix the cheese ingredients together and chill for about 30 minutes, covered in the fridge.
  2. You can make these the night before and chill overnight.
  3. Mix panko and crushed grooves together in a bowl.
  4. Add flour to a separate bowl.
  5. Add egg to a separate bowl.
  6. Remove cheese balls from the fridge, coat in flour, egg wash then panko/cracker crumb.
  7. Repeat until all the balls are coated.
  8. Heat grease to 350 degrees and fry balls for about 3 minutes are until golden brown.
  9. Serve garnished with green onions and a side of ranch dressing.