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.

Katherine Avery, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Recipe by Southern Living July 2005

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
bake:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Yield:
Makes about 28 biscuits
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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