Aunt Looney’s Easy Peasy Party Crackers

Aunt Looney’s Easy Peasy Party Crackers are always the life of the party!

Aunt Looney's Easy Peasy Party Crackers

Party Crackers are the stuff of legends among old school crowds in the South. Boutiques have jars of them on the counter, bags of special recipes are gifted at holidays, trays are featured at bridal showers and sporting events, and private recipes are written and rewritten over and over as they are passed around in kitchens and church meetings.

If you’ve never tasted what I’m talking about, you may think my sister in law is holding a tray of plain old saltines in that picture, but once you try this recipe, you’ll know that Tina is actually holding the most popular tray at the party. This is the one that everybody is going to head to and clean off first.

Today we’re still coming back from what I am referring to as “the bubonic flu” at our house, so I’m taking this opportunity to share Tina’s recipe. Tina is also referred to as “Aunt Looney” in my cookbooks. She is Katy’s favorite aunt in the universe because she is always fun, crazy in the best ways, and just a hoot to be around.

Aunt Looney's Easy Peasy Party Crackers

The instructions are simple so I’m just sharing those along with the final photos of Aunt Looney :). Make these for your next get together – or just to snack on around the house, and get ready for one of the best tasting crackers that’s ever passed your lips!

Aunt Looney's Easy Peasy Party Crackers

Party Crackers are the stuff of legends among old school crowds in the South. You will love how easy these are to make and how delicious they are!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crackers
Servings: 4
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Tina "Aunt Looney" Jordan


  • 5 sleeves of saltine crackers
  • 1 +1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 pkg ranch dressing mix
  • 1 pkg Italian dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • Line crackers on their sides (Edges, like they were in the sleeve) in rows of a plastic dish with a tight fitting lid (These Rubbermaid Takealongs are perfect). Don't worry if they won't all fit, just put as many as you can.
  • Pour oil in a 1 pint canning jar. Add dressing mixes and Parmesan cheese. Screw on lid and shake jar well.
  • Slowly pour all of the mix over each row of crackers.
  • Put on casserole lid and flip it over. Let sit for 5 minutes. Flip the casserole back over and let sit for 5 minutes. Repeat every 5 minutes for 1 hour and they are ready to serve.
  • Store, tightly sealed, up to one week if there are any left over.


Calories: 142kcal
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This is so me:
When my mother had to get dinner for 8 she’d just make enough for 16 and only serve half. 
~Gracie Allen
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  1. At our house, we call them Cajun crackers. I use the oil, tbsp. Garlic powder, teasp.cayenne. So good with gumbo. And just by themselves. They get so crunchy. I have found a great big wide mouthed jar. I think held mayonnaise. I just put the crackers in the jar,pour the oil mixture over them, put the lid on and set it on its side on the counter. Everybody who walks by gives it a roll, and they all get covered that way. I leave them out all day. This jar method works better than any other way i have found. Does not crush the crackers, and after a day they feel perfectly dry. Take them out and put in either a tin or plastic container with lid..

    1. Thanks Sue Wright! I think I’ve got a great big jar like that somewhere in the back of the cabinet under the sink, or under the bar, or on that shelf above the freezer in the utility room. Well, somewhere in the house

      1. Hi y’all
        She means to stack them like they were originally packaged. You know, like little soldiers standing at attention! 🙂

          1. Thanks. You always haves pics with step by step. But not with this. Thanks.

          2. Hey Donna 🙂 I try to and I’m glad you notice! 😀 I explained at the top of the post that I didn’t with this because I’m still trying to recover from the flu. It’s been a very long week 🙂

  2. YES!! Party Crackers are seriously the best! So glad that y’all are starting to feel better

  3. I love party crackers! I put mine in a 2 gallon zipper bag and gently shake to coat with the oil and spices.

    1. They sound really good . I was wondering about using club crackers . Most recipes I have you have to put in the oven . I won’t have to heat up my kitchen .

  4. Ive made firecracker crackers, using the canola, Italian dressing and red pepper flakes, they are addictive!

  5. I can attest to the goodness of these crackers!!! I have ate them using the same dressing recipe, but with many different crackers- cheez-its, oyster and saltines. I just go ahead and hang my diet up when these are around because they are addictive little fellas 🙂

    I’m glad to hear you are on the mend Christy~

    1. I have made this same recipe many times, but with oyster crackers, and let me tell you that the first time I made them, I ate myself sick. They were sooo good.

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