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. I can’t eat pop corn.. but hating missing out on Carmel corn.. or flavored corn.
    so I have been baking or stove top cooking oyster crackers with seasonings :
    organic cheese powder. or Italion seasoning.. or carmel topping.
    so glad to have this recipe too .
    thank you..

  2. Christy, I hope you and your family all feel better soon.

    Please tell Aunt Looney thanks for the recipe!! And incidentally, I had an Uncle Looney but he’s been gone for many years now. As a child he made me laugh so thanks for the reminder!

    Take care…

  3. Can these be made with less-than-fresh saltines? I’ve some that’s just beginning to stale on me, and rather than throw them out…. Or must they be fresh for best results?

    1. Dale, I’d for sure try it on your soon to be stale crackers… can’t hurt. But yes, I’m sure they’re better using fresh crackers.

      I’m fixin’ to do some stale crackers in the morning as a matter of fact. I’ll wish you luck if you’ll do the same for me! LOL

  4. Homemade firecrackers are like these. I use olive oil and red pepper flakes. They are so, so good!!!!!!!!

  5. We used to use saltines but have switched to club crackers and they taste so creamy. We use 1 cup of vegetable oil, 1 package of ranch and 2 TBSP. red pepper flakes. They are spicy but oh so good.

    1. Mary I followed your instructions and oh my we loved them we thought they were perfect! Thanks

  6. I make these with spicy ranch mix, red pepper flakes, and coconut oil. So good! I tumble the crackers, oil, and spices around in a ziploc bag to coat them well. I like to use saltines or oyster crackers.

  7. A twist to try-use Orville reddenbacher butter flavored popcorn oil instead of plain oil just another layer of yummy.
    Glad y’all are on the mend. So enjoy your blog.

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