Spicy Cheese Cocktail Biscuits

For best results, don't use preshredded Cheddar cheese—instead, grate your own. To give the biscuits a spicier flavor, use the larger amount of ground red pepper. Serve a sparkling white wine, such as Domaine Ste. Michelle Cuvée Brut, Washington (about $12), with these cheese straw-like appetizers.


Makes about 28 biscuits

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Bake: 15 Minutes


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 (8-ounce) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
28 pecan halves


Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add cheese, beating well. Combine flour, salt, and red pepper; gradually add to cheese mixture, beating well.

Shape dough into 1/2-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheets. Press a pecan half into each ball to flatten.

Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Kraft Sharp Cheddar Cheese.