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This firecracker recipe makes an irresistible party snack packed with salty, crunchy, spicy flavor.
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  2. How to Make This Firecrackers Recipe
  3. How To Serve
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This firecrackers recipe will show you how to whip up spicy crackers that are the perfect party food and are a truly addictive treat. Store-bought crackers are coated in a tangy spice mix that might just have you reaching for yet another handful.

Don’t forget to add our dill pickle Chex mix and bacon-wrapped poppers to add even more out-of-this-world flavor to your party menu.

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Firecrackers Recipe Ingredients

Firecrackers Recipe raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 2 (9-ounce) packages of oyster crackers
  • 1⅔ cups canola oil 
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet Ranch seasoning mix
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of red pepper flakes

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CRACKERS: Some other great crackers to use for this recipe would be full-size or mini saltine crackers, white cheddar Cheez-Its, or Ritz original toasted chips. If you use either the Cheez-Its or Ritz, you will need two boxes. If you use saltines, this recipe will coat the whole box of the crackers in one standard 16-ounce box.

OIL: The oil in this easy recipe needs to be neutral in flavor. Some good alternatives to canola oil would be vegetable oil, avocado oil, or a very light olive oil. You can use any of these that you keep stocked in your pantry. I do not suggest using coconut or extra virgin olive oil as both would impart a stronger flavor that would clash with the ranch seasoning in this recipe.

How to Make This Firecrackers Recipe

STEP ONE: Line two large (13×18-inch) rimmed baking trays with parchment paper and set them aside.

STEP TWO: Add all the oyster crackers from both packages in a large mixing bowl. 

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can also use a large Ziploc bag to coat the crackers. Add the crackers and pour the oil and spice mix in. Seal the bag and gently shake the crackers to coat them with the mix with the same frequency as indicated below.

STEP THREE: In a 2 cup measuring cup with a spout, add the canola oil, ranch mix, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir very well to blend the canola oil with the spice mix.

PRO TIP:

You can adjust your preferred spice level with this recipe by either decreasing or increasing the amount of red pepper flakes used. You can also omit the red pepper flakes and substitute cayenne pepper instead. 

canola oil and seasonings whisked together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Pour the seasoned oil over the top of the oyster crackers and very gently toss the crackers around to coat them with the seasoned oil.

seasoned oil poured over the oyster crackers and tossed to coat

STEP FIVE: Every 5 to 6 minutes, gently toss the crackers again in the oil mixture to ensure that the oil mixture is not sitting on the bottom of the bowl but rather coating all the crackers. Repeat for 30 minutes or until all the seasoned oil has been absorbed into all the crackers.

STEP SIX: Transfer the seasoned crackers to the two lined baking sheets. Evenly divide the seasoned oyster crackers and spread them out into a single layer. Allow the firecrackers to dry for 4 hours, or up to overnight, on the counter uncovered. You want the firecrackers to not be wet to the touch from the oil.

oyster crackers spread on a parchment lined baking sheet

STEP SEVEN: Once the firecrackers have dried, you can transfer them to a sealed plastic container.

PRO TIP:

With these crispy crackers, you can make a fun party snack mix. You will add equal parts mini pretzel twists, roasted nuts, and firecracker seasoned oyster crackers to a large bowl and serve at your favorite sporting event watch party.

How To Serve

These spicy firecrackers would be great served on a charcuterie board or alongside your favorite bowl of tomato soup. They also make such an easy party appetizer that you can make in a flash. Serve them up in a bowl and they will be an irresistible treat for your guests.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: These firecrackers can be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to a week on the counter at room temperature.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing these crackers as they will end up soggy and lose their crunch.

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Spicy ranch fire crackers, sometimes called Alabama firecrackers, only need a few simple ingredients to create the perfect snack. They have plenty of zing and we guarantee that you will love them from the first bite. You may not be able to stop snacking once you start!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are these crackers really spicy?

This firecracker recipe has a moderate amount of spice. You can adjust how spicy you’d like your crackers to be by reducing or increasing the quantity of red pepper flakes you add.

Do I have to bake these crackers?

While some recipes do bake the crackers, our simple instructions offer a way to make these spicy crackers without heating up your oven.

How long can I store these crackers?

These firecrackers will last in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.

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Firecrackers Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This firecracker recipe makes an irresistible party snack packed with salty, crunchy, spicy flavor.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 18 ounces oyster crackers
  • 1⅔ cups canola oil
  • 1 ounce Ranch seasoning mix (try our homemade ranch seasoning recipe)
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes

Instructions
 

  • Line two large (13×18-inch) rimmed baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all the oyster crackers from both packages.
  • In a 2 cup measuring cup with a spout, add the canola oil, ranch dip mix, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir very well to blend the canola oil with the spices.
  • Pour the seasoned oil over the top of the oyster crackers and very gently toss the crackers around to coat them with the seasoned oil.
  • Every 5 to 6 minutes, gently toss the crackers again in the oil mixture to make sure that the oil mixture is not sitting on the bottom of the bowl but rather coating all the crackers. Repeat for 30 minutes or until all the seasoned oil has been absorbed into all the crackers.
  • Transfer the seasoned crackers to the two prepared large rimmed sheet trays. Evenly divide the seasoned oyster crackers and spread them out into a single layer. Allow the firecrackers to dry for 4 hours, or up to overnight, on the counter uncovered. You want the firecrackers to not be wet to the touch from the oil.
  • Once the firecrackers have dried, you can transfer them to a sealed plastic container.

Notes

  • You can also use a large Ziploc bag to coat the crackers. Add the crackers and pour the oil and spice mix in. Seal the bag and gently shake the crackers frequently to coat them with the mix.
  • You can adjust your preferred spice level with this recipe by either decreasing or increasing the amount of red pepper flakes used. You can also omit the red pepper flakes and substitute cayenne pepper instead.
  • With these crispy crackers, you can make a fun party snack mix. You will add equal parts mini pretzel twists, roasted nuts, and firecracker seasoned oyster crackers to a large bowl and serve at your favorite sporting event watch party.

Nutrition

Sodium: 760mg | Calcium: 18mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 475IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 122mg | Calories: 560kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 42g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 41g | Iron: 3mg
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