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Spicy Cheese Cocktail Biscuits

Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 15 mins
Yield Makes about 28 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.

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

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

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

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