Cheesy Rice Crisps Appetizer

March Madness is on and I partnered with Mahatma Rice to bring you these delicious Cheesy Rice Crisps. They bake to a thin crispy cracker that’s a perfect base for almost any appetizer. Just 3 ingredients, some spices and your choice of toppings can put these cheesy, crisp, gluten-free crackers on your table in no time. #MahatmaRice #MahatmaRiceUSA #sponsored

Cheesy Rice Crisps | 2 Cookin Mamas These Cheesy Rice Crisps bake up to a thin, crispy cheesy cracker that's a perfect base for almost any appetizer. Just 3 ingredients, some spices and your choice of toppings can put these crisp, gluten-free crackers on your table in no time. #MahatmaRice @MahatmaRice #ad #appetizer #rice #recipe

Crispy Cheese Wafers

Wondering what to feed the crowd during all those March Madness games? Well, I’ve got you covered with these crispy cheesy rice crisps that you can top with just about anything. They’re easy to make and gluten-free too!

Mahatma Rice reached out to me to do an appetizer for the March Madness tournament using their organic rice product. I was super happy to participate seeing that I use their rice in my home at least once a week. After all, they are America’s leading rice company and have been around for over 100 years so I know their products are ones I can trust.

Cheesy Rice Crisps appetizers | 2 Cookin Mamas

I wanted to make something similar to a Parmesan cheese crisp but with rice as an ingredient. They had to be extra crispy and sturdy enough to hold my favorite toppings and, after experimenting with cooking times, oven temperature and different spices, I got them just right!

How To Make Crispy Cheesy Rice Crisps

Cheesy Rice Crisps ingredients | 2 Cookin Mamas

All you do is mix the cheese, rice and spices together in a large bowl. You can actually bake these cheddar rice crackers at this point but they tend to spread more and get a little thinner.

Cheesy Rice Crisps ready to bake | 2 Cookin Mamas

Now we add the butter which helps hold them together a little better and makes a sturdier crisp. You will notice when you remove the cookie sheet from the oven that a lot of butter and oil from the cheese is released but it won’t affect the texture of the crisp at all.

Cheesy Rice Crisps baked | 2 Cookin Mamas

Remove them from the cookie sheet with a spatula and let them cool on a wire rack. Note: It is best to make them right before topping them so they are as fresh as can be. I left mine to cool about half hour before topping them and then they sat on the hors d’oeuvres table for an hour or so and were still fine. Just look at how thin & crispy they got – yum! I could nibble on these crispy cheese wafers all day with or without toppings. 🙂

Cheesy Rice Crisps closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

Now comes the fun part – what to top them with! I couldn’t decide on a single topping so I topped them with 3 different ones that seemed to please everyone. Check out the BBQ pork version, which I had leftover from a crockpot dinner I’d made the night before, or you can pick up a microwaveable product in the cold food section at your local grocers.

Cheesy Rice Crisps with Mahatma Rice and BBQ | 2 Cookin Mamas

Cooked shrimp with tails on worked great when set on a dollop of guacamole.

Cheesy Rice Crisps with shrimp | 2 Cookin Mamas

And thirdly, my Florida Keys fish dip topped with a slice of jalapeño pepper.

Cheesy Rice Crisps with fish dip closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

Enjoy making your own cheesy rice crisps for your next party or just an everyday snack. Go team!

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Cheesy Rice Crisps square closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas


These Cheesy Rice Crisps bake up to a thin, crispy cheesy cracker that's a perfect base for almost any appetizer. Just 3 ingredients, some spices and your choice of toppings can put these crisp, gluten-free crackers on your table in no time.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 18 appetizers
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Linda Warren


  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1-1/2 cups Mahatma Organic White Rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Suggested toppings: BBQ Pork, shrimp, fish dip, deli meats, taco meat


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • In a large bowl, combine cheese, rice and spices.
  • Stir in melted butter until mixture holds together.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, place 6 scoops, evenly spaced, onto prepared cookie sheet.
  • Repeat until all mixture has been used.
  • Press all scoops down into a thin patty resembling a cracker.
  • Bake for 20-24 minutes or until browned. Note: There will be some butter and oil from the cheese on the cookie sheet but it will not affect the crispness or taste.
  • Remove crisps from cookie sheet with spatula and place on wire racks to cool.
  • When cool, place your favorite toppings on top and enjoy.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg
Cheesy Rice Crisps Appetizer


  • Reply
    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    03/22/2018 at 7:22 pm

    5 stars
    Ooh I love crisps! They are so versatile and as you show, can go with many different toppings. This recipe looks like a great one to try!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/23/2018 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Marilynn! I’m a sucker for anything cheesy and they have just the right amount to go with any toppings.

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    03/22/2018 at 7:07 pm

    this looks like the perfect appetizer I just love it!

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    03/22/2018 at 6:29 pm

    5 stars
    These sound nice and tasty, and love the idea of being cheesey and crispy. A great combination. Lots of ways of serving them, I imagine they would be very popular with guests.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/23/2018 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks. They went pretty fast at the last get together. I’ll be testing them again for the games this weekend. I think I’ll try a beef taco topping this time.

  • Reply
    Neriz @ food and journeys
    03/22/2018 at 5:33 pm

    5 stars
    This is a great idea! I have only made parmesan crisps, but this one is even better. It’s actually sturdy enough to hold meat toppings. 🙂 Tell you what though, I have a feeling I would start eating them right away — no topping needed! 😉

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/23/2018 at 9:10 pm

      Exactly what I did! Lol I think next time I’d better make extra so there’s no ugh for company. 🙂

  • Reply
    03/22/2018 at 4:53 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness, these look AMAZING! Love them, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/23/2018 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks and you’re welcome! Let me know if you give them a try.

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