Alabama Firecrackers

by Sharon on February 16, 2015

These homemade Alabama Firecrackers will be the fiery hit of your next bash! Simply combine ingredients and let them do their magic. This seasoned cracker recipe is a super easy appetizer to get ready the day before your party or picnic. 

Alabama Firecrackers in a bowl


I love these Alabama Firecrackers whenever I need a great appetizer that I know will impress the masses. These crackers are delicious AND unique.

It’s the Oscars this Sunday!

So exciting.

I’m a big fan of all of the awards shows, but the Oscars is always the crème de la crème. The glitz and glamour is over the top.

The gowns, the hairstyles, the million dollar jewels and the million dollar smiles all completely dazzle me.

Alabama Firecrackers in a bowl with a glass of water and ramekin of chili flakes in the background

So when my fellow blogger Haley, who writes the Cheap Recipe Blog, asked me if I was interested in contributing to group of recipes with an Oscar theme I was so in.

Each blogger chose one of the nominated Best Picture films and was tasked to create something themed around that movie.

Alabama Firecrackers

I picked Selma.

Set in the cities of Montgomery and Selma, Alabama, Selma recounts the tale of Martin Luther King’s crusade to change the laws in the South, to allow the black population equal rights to vote. David Oyelowo’s portrayal of MLK was kind of chilling. The way he embodied the mannerisms and cadence of King’s sermons during the church scenes was uncanny.  I felt so riled up and wanted to join the march! It’s a shame Oyelowo himself wasn’t nominated for the lead role.

It’s a heavy topic, but this post is supposed to be celebratory. This IS an Oscar Party after all. So let’s talk snacks! I searched out Alabama themed appetizers that would fit the location of the movie Selma, and struck gold.

These Alabama Firecrackers were a massive hit with both us and my lucky co-workers taste testers.

Alabama Firecrackers

Easy to make and something different, yet familiar. Your party guests are going to gravitate to them, for sure. Maybe even grab a creamy dip to offset the spice. Because, there is spice. That’s why they’re called firecrackers!


I used two boxes of these crackers:

A hand holding a box of crackers

Usually, I would be advocating making your own crackers from scratch, but lets be honest. I’ll be too busy spot shining the bathroom and hiding things under the bed/in the closets before the guests arrive to be baking crackers. 😉

These Alabama Firecrackers are eas-y.

Place your crackers in a large Ziploc and pour in your olive oil.

Crackers in a ziploc bag with olive oil being poured overtop

Sprinkle with Italian seasonings and then the heat.

Chili flakes city.

You can moderate the chilis if you like, but they really are what makes this snack fun and unique. Like I said earlier, you could compliment it with something creamy to dip.

Spices being poured over crackers in a ziploc bag

So back to easy.

Leave the crackers overnight in the Ziploc bag and you are set for your party the next day.

Did I mention they were easy? 😉

Alabama Firecrackers marinating in a ziploc bag

Spicy, rich, crispy and totally munchable!

I hope you try these out.

They were super fun. 🙂

Pinterest graphic of Alabama Firecrackers


Best Picture Oscar Themed Recipes graphic

Serves 6-8

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  • 2 170g. boxes of saltine crackers
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 3 tbsp. chili flakes


  1. Empty cracker boxes into a large Ziploc bag and cover with the olive oil. Coat the crackers with the oil and sprinkle in the spices
  2. Seal the bag and turn it over and over until the crackers are all well and evenly coated.
  3. Leave at room temperature in the sealed bag overnight, turning it over every so often
  4. Serve with a creamy dip if desired

Check out the rest of the Oscar themed treats below:


American Sniper: The $10 Mezze Platter from Cheap Recipe Blog

Birdman: Vegan Blackberry Whiskey Pie With Chocolate Pie Crust from Nellie Bellie

Boyhood: All-Natural Texas Queso Tortilla Cups from Carpe Season

Grand Budapest Hotel: Lemon Chantilly Cream Puffs from Femme Fraiche

The Imitation Game: High Tea from Pickles Travel

The Theory Of Everything: Boozy Nutella Milkshakes from Dining With Alice

Savoury Table: Golden Potato Bacon and Rosemary Pizza



{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog February 16, 2015 at 10:19 am
These look wonderful! I guarantee I will be making them - the only question is, can I wait until the Academy Awards to do so??! Thanks so much for participating and coming up with a beautiful, creative recipe :)
Sharon February 16, 2015 at 11:42 am
They are good. Don't wait. ;) I'm so glad you asked me to join the fun. Let's make it annual! :)
Femme Fraîche February 17, 2015 at 1:42 pm
I agree! Let's do this annually! It's been so much fun.
Sharon February 17, 2015 at 5:28 pm
Karen Harris February 16, 2015 at 11:44 am
Love this recipe! Can't wait to make them and take a batch to work. This is just the kind of snack we like to nibble on. Perfect for the theme of this event. I haven't seen the movie but would like to before Sunday.
Sharon February 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm
Thanks Karen! So much fun participating. :) And I totally recommend the movie. Excellent.
Greta @ Pickles Travel February 16, 2015 at 6:31 pm
Mmm, these look fantastic- and so easy!! They're definitely doing on my next appetizer menu! Beautiful photos and always fun to make a new blogging friend!
Sharon February 16, 2015 at 7:37 pm
You will love them! Thanks so much Greta. Great to connect with you also. :)
Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen February 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Ooh I secretly love biting into a crunchy, oily snack. It's the best sensation on the tastebuds!
Sharon February 16, 2015 at 7:38 pm
These are super fun. Oh, and delicious and fast disappearing as well. ;) Thanks Chelsea!
liz | carpé season February 16, 2015 at 10:42 pm
Yum! I'm lying in bed, thinking about getting up and mixing up a batch of these RIGHT NOW because they look so good. Beautiful photographs and this recipe sounds like it fits just perfectly with the movie!
Sharon February 17, 2015 at 9:24 am
Thanks Liz! These actually are great with any movie. ;) As long as there's something crunchy to snack on, right?
NellieBellie February 17, 2015 at 11:33 am
Love these! I actually had something similar to these a few months ago at someone's home...but didn't know how they were made. They are SOOO good! Can't wait to try this version!
Sharon February 17, 2015 at 5:28 pm
They are good and super easy. I hope you love them! Thanks so much. :)
Femme Fraîche February 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm
These looks so good and the photography is so clear, I actually salivated while reading through. I can just taste their butteriness. I have Ritz in my pantry right now, so I guess I know what I'll be doing later today... :)
Sharon February 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm
You will die! Like Madame D. ;) I hope you love them. :) Thanks.
karen February 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm
These crackers look great! Oh I have a friend who needs to see this Sharon! She.Would.Die.
Sharon February 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm
I died! How am I writing this? Died. ;)
Ayngelina February 19, 2015 at 10:40 am
I've never seen anything like this but what a great, easy recipe and so perfect for a party.
Sharon February 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm
I had never seen it before either! So cool, right? And it definitely is a crowd pleaser. Enjoy! :)
Thalia @ butter and brioche February 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm
I love how you've made your own flavouring for these little crackers. I'm throwing an Oscar's party Sunday and think these would be perfect to share!
Sharon February 21, 2015 at 11:42 am
Yes! Do it. :) They are so simple but so popular at a party. Maybe they feel nostalgic? Enjoy the Oscars Thalia!
Kathy February 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm
Can these be made with Ritz?
Sharon February 25, 2015 at 3:08 pm
Ritz should work fine. Thanks Kathy! :)
Carol December 28, 2015 at 8:28 pm
Can I add Sriracha sauce to the olive oil? Do you think it will be too hot?
Sharon December 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm
It would definitely add more heat. Maybe skip the chilis?
Diane September 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm
How far in advance can these be made? How long will they keep?
Sharon September 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm
They need 12 hours or so to marinate After that they last 2-3 days in the sealed bag. Thanks Diane!

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