I rolled the dough thinner to create a cracker-type bar, which I served with a cheese ball at an office potluck lunch. What a hit! Everyone loved them!
Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar Bars
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
- 2 1/2 cups (10 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 cooked and crumbled applewood-smoked bacon slices
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
- 2. Beat cheese, butter, half-and-half, and salt at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, bacon, paprika, and ground red pepper, beating just until combined.
- 3. Turn out onto a well-floured surface. Divide into 2 equal portions; flatten each into a square. Roll out each square to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2- x 3/4-inch strips, using a fluted pastry wheel. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden; cool on baking sheets on wire racks 30 minutes.
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