Fire Crackers

These snacks are addictive! The original recipe calls for 3 to 4 teaspoons of red pepper flakes. I like really spicy foods and I think that 2 teaspoons is a gracious plenty. Fire Crackers make great hostess gifts at Christmastime!

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 (1-ounce) package ranch dressing mix

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1 (12.4-ounce) box Cheeze-Its

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine all in ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Toss to coat well. Spread crackers on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes, until crackers are crispy and completely dry. Cool and store in an airtight container. Serves 8 to 10.

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