Total Time
15 Mins
Yield
Makes 1 dough ball

 

 

How to Make It

Step 1

Pulse first 5 ingredients in a food processor at 5-second intervals until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add half-and-half, and process 10 seconds or until dough forms a ball.

Step 2

Note: Dough may be wrapped in plastic wrap, sealed in a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and chilled up to 3 days.

Step 3

Four-Seed Cheddar Triangles: Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare dough, and divide in half. Roll each half into a 9- to 10-inch round. Transfer rounds to parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Whisk together 1 egg white and 1 tsp. water just until foamy. Stir together 1/4 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds; 1/4 cup roasted sunflower kernels; 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds; and 2 Tbsp. black sesame seeds. Brush rounds with egg white mixture, and sprinkle with seed mixture. Cut each round into wedges of random sizes, using a fluted pastry wheel. Separate wedges about 1 inch apart. Bake 16 to 18 minutes; cool on baking sheets on wire racks 30 minutes. Makes: 24 to 32 triangles. Hands-on Time: 20 min.; Total Time: 1 hr., 22 min., including dough.

Step 4

3 More Cheese Straws:

Step 5

Spicy Cheddar "Long" Straws: Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare dough, and turn out onto a well-floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half into a 12- x 8-inch rectangle (about 1/8 inch thick). Cut dough into 3/4-inch-wide strips using a sharp knife or fluted pastry wheel, dipping knife in flour after each cut to ensure clean cuts. Place strips on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until edges are well browned; cool on baking sheets on wire racks 30 minutes. Makes: about 3 dozen. Hands-On Time: 15 min.; Total Time: 1 hr., 26 min., including dough.

Step 6

Pecan-Cheddar Buttons: Preheat oven to 300°. Prepare dough, and shape into 1-inch balls. Whisk together 2 egg whites and 2 tsp. water. Dip balls in egg white mixture, and roll in 2 cups finely chopped pecans. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 1 hour; cool on baking sheets on wire racks 30 minutes. Makes: about 4 1/2 dozen. Hands-on Time: 30 min.; Total Time: 3 hr., including dough.

Step 7

Spicy Cheddar Appetizer Cookies: Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare dough, and turn out onto a well-floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-inch assorted star-shaped cutters; place 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 16 to 18 minutes; cool on baking sheets on wire racks 30 minutes. Makes: 28 (3 1/2-inch) cookies or 72 (2 1/2-inch) cookies. Hands-on Time: 20 min.; Total Time: 1 hr., 38 min., including dough. Note: Position cookie cutters closely together to cut out shapes; dough will be tough if rerolled.

Ratings & Reviews

modan1128's Review

BJMartin
November 25, 2013
These are delicious as straws or little button cookies. Everyone likes them spicy, so I increase the cayenne pepper. Bake a little longer, and roll a little flatter to make them crunchy. Excellent!

razmatazkim's Review

razmatazkim
December 17, 2010
I have neither a food processor or a stand mixer. So insted, I grated the cheese then used my cooking scissors to cut up the cheese into small pieces inside the bowl. I added the remaining ingredients and then put in the microwave for about 1min on power level 4 to gently soften the mixture. This was the perfect consistency to roll out & cut. I also added more cayenne..YUMMY!

lenalutie's Review

lenalutie
December 12, 2010
My sister and mother made these before I did and warned me that they were not spicy enough. I added 1 teaspoon instead of 1/2 teaspoon of the crushed red pepper. They are absolutely delicious! I am a professional caterer and taking these tonight for an event with dip...lovely and beautiful with the sesame seeds!

BJMartin's Review

modan1128
December 04, 2010
Had to adapt the mixing instructions. Didn't fit in my small food processor. Worked fine using my stand mixer.