These savory little gems will be the first party appetizer to disappear. Make ahead the day before and refrigerate, or you can freeze them up to 3 weeks in advance. If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer and increase the bake time by 10 minutes. We find that sharp cheddar works best for creating a super cheesy flavor, but feel free to experiment with your favorite flavor of cheddar--an aged white cheddar would be amazing here. These are guaranteed to be one of the best easy appetizer recipes you've ever made.

Julia Reed
Recipe by Southern Living

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Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Yield:
Makes about 3 dozen
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375°. Beat cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Beat in cream and next 5 ingredients.

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  • Cut crusts from bread slices; cut each bread slice into 4 squares. Spread cheese mixture on half of bread squares (about 1 tsp. per square); top each with 1 remaining square. Spread remaining cheese mixture over top and sides of sandwiches. Place sandwiches, 1 inch apart, on a lightly greased baking sheet.

  • Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Note: We tested with Pepperidge Farm White Sandwich Bread.

Chef's Notes

These treats are perfect for crunching up and topping a salad or sprinkling on top of your favorite cheesy casserole dish.