I found this recipe by accident a few years ago, and I couldn’t believe that I had never had these before! I don’t even remember for sure the first place I found it, but I remember that the family ate through the whole batch of crackers in one sitting.

The recipe apparently goes back a lot of years, but it seems nobody else is sure where it came from either, so I decided to give you the version from the folks at ‘Southern Living.’

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16 oz package of saltine crackers

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

4 tbsp (2 packages) ranch dressing mix

3 Tbsp red pepper flakes (if you can handle the heat, add more)

2 cups olive oil

Using a large gallon zipper bag, pour in the olive oil, seasonings, and spices. Close the bag and knead to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.

Place all four sleeves of crackers in the bag, re-seal, and gently turn the bag over several times to coat the crackers with the spice mixture. The more times you do this the better the coating. Let the bag sit overnight.

Remove crackers and lay out on a baking sheet. Bake at 250°F for about 15 minutes. (Note: If you are short on time, the crackers still taste great skipping the baking in Step 4.)

Pro tip: check around in your old cookbooks, and on the internet. Several variations of this recipe can be found. I highly suggest the mini crackers version, too!