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Basil-Parmesan Bites

Prep time 20 mins
Chill time 8 hrs
Bake time 15 mins
Yield Makes 32 bites
Be sure to chill the dough overnight; otherwise, the bites will be crumbly.


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut up
  • 2 tablespoons milk

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until crumbly. (Mixture will look very dry.) Gently press mixture together with hands, working until blended and smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes).

  2. Shape dough into 2 (4-inch-long) logs. Wrap each log in plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours.

  3. Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Brush tops with milk.

  4. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

  5. Parmesan Cheese Bites: Proceed with recipe as directed, omitting fresh basil.

  6. Caryn Nabors, Gadsden, Alabama