12 Ways to Top Your Cracker That Aren't a Slice of Cheese

Cracker with hummus, chopped peppers, feta, and oregano seasoning
There's crackers and cheese—then there's fancy crackers and cheese. For an exciting twist on the classic combo, we show how versatile the best cracker toppings can be by using flavorful jellies, sliced produce, herb sprigs, and creamy spreads. We have tasty ideas for what to put on crackers for appetizers, snacks, and even cracker toppings for lunch.

Peppered Up

Cracker toppings with cream cheese don't have to be boring. Turn up the heat by layering pepper jelly over cream cheese to make a satisfying spicy snack or appetizer.

Jalapeño Jelly

Spice up snack time (literally) by serving crackers topped with a fiery homemade jalapeño jelly. You can take the edge off the heat by adding a smear of spreadable cheese, such as goat cheese or mascarpone. These aren't your typical cheese and crackers snacks—they're so much better!

Fruit and Cheese

If you haven't tried this combination before, you're in for a real treat. And if you already love pairing fruit and cheese together, then this cheese and crackers combo is a no-brainer! Top your favorite kind of cracker with aged cheddar cheese and sliced fresh apples or pears for an easy, unbeatable afternoon snack.

Brunch Starter

Get a taste of brunch any time of day by snacking on crème fraîche, cucumber, smoked salmon, fresh dill, and cracked black pepper on top of crackers. Plain yogurt can also stand in for crème fraîche if desired. To make each bite taste even more like a bagel, try switching up your cracker toppings with cream cheese to mimic bagels and lox. Just replace the crème fraîche with a spoonful of cream cheese—whether you include the cucumber or not is up to you!

Garden Snack

A few fresh ingredients are all it takes to transform these cracker toppings into a bite-size caprese salad. Start with a piece of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes, then sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Drizzle on a little balsamic if you'd like. Serving with just cheese, basil, and tomatoes can make a great snack, but adding balsamic gives it an extra kick as a party appetizer.

Make-It-Mine Wine Jelly

Wine, crackers, and cheese were probably already on your party-planning list anyway, so why not combine them all into the ultimate appetizer? Pick up a bottle of your favorite vino, then use it to make homemade wine jelly. Set out a jar alongside your appetizers so your guests can add a smear on top of their cheese and crackers.


There's a reason we call these cracker toppings "kid-friendly." Stack crackers with peanut butter and banana slices just like their favorite brown-bag sandwich. We take this snack one step further—into dessert territory—by substituting a chocolate-hazelnut spread for peanut butter. Even adults won't be able to resist this simple snack.

Mediterranean Treat

Want a snack that transports your taste buds across the globe? Look no further than this Mediterranean-inspired cracker topping! Load up your crackers with cream cheese, green olive tapenade, and sliced green olives, then close your eyes and imagine you're on vacation as you take your first bite.

Triple-Olive Tapenade

Three different kinds of olives make this tapenade shine! Use this just-salty-enough homemade tapenade recipe whenever you need cracker toppings for lunch, a snack, or a party. You can also change it up to make fig and olive tapenade, artichoke and dried tomato, or orange-scented almond variations.

Company's Coming

Need your cheese and crackers to be dressed to impress? This satisfying combination of mustard, Gruyère, roast beef, and cracked pepper was made for sharing with guests. Serve these cracker toppings at your next dinner party, or treat yourself to an extra-special afternoon snack when you need a pick-me-up.

Pesto Pleaser

Translate your favorite pasta dish into a delicious anytime snack. Ricotta, pesto, and Parmesan shards lend delicious Italian flavor to crackers. Keep it vegetarian-friendly as is, or add a small slice of prosciutto before garnishing with Parmesan.

Basil Pesto

With this homemade pesto recipe on hand, you'll always have a delicious snack just moments away. For vegan cracker toppings, add a spoonful of pesto on top of your favorite cracker (just be sure to use vegan cheese in the mix). But if you're an extreme cheese-lover, this pesto will pair great with a slice of Parmesan or provolone.

Sweet Surprise

We don't know about you, but we're always yearning for something a little sweet when 3 p.m. rolls around. Satisfy your cravings for a sweet snack in a snap by topping crackers with ricotta, a fresh raspberry, and shaved milk chocolate. Each one is like its own bite-size dessert!

Mexican Spice

If you can't wait for taco night, you can sneak a taste as an afternoon snack by topping crackers with sliced avocado, pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, and a dusting of chili powder. It's almost like sampling salsa and guacamole at the same time!

Salty and Sweet

Crumbly blue cheese drizzled with honey is a winning combination of sweet and salty flavors, and the texture contrast makes it even more satisfying to eat. Add an extra crunch and gourmet appeal to this bite-size appetizer with a nut-based cracker.


Use your favorite hummus spread as a starting point for this healthy snack. Protein-packed hummus, nutrient-rich sweet peppers, and low-fat feta crumbles garnished with oregano seasoning are a delicious play on Mediterranean flavors. Simply omit the feta crumbles to make a vegan cracker topping.

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