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Cheese snack that's habit-forming

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Some snack foods are naturally "addicting".....we can't stop at just one! It can be peanuts, chips, candy or some other munchie. With fall not that far away and football season a short time away, we all have our favorite TV snacks that we like to have around while enjoying a game or favorite TV show.

The recipe I'm sharing is one of those very snacks that once you start eating, it's hard to keep out of them! "Cheese Biscuits" are basically just a simple cheese wafer. This is also the snack that shows up at receptions, parties, etc. and would be a great recipe to make at the Christmas holidays, for either entertaining or gift-giving. As you can see, it's a multi-purpose snack.

This recipe makes about 100 biscuits and if you choose, they may be topped with a pecan half prior to baking. For the best cheese flavor, go with the sharp cheese, preferably the New York sharp. This cheese has the most profound cheese flavor and is very flavorful in these biscuits. These can be made in advance and frozen, if you'd like. Just arrange them in containers with tight-fitting covers with waxed paper between the layers.

When making these biscuits, it's important to have the cheese and butter at room temperature to aid in the mixing of the dough. When the cheese and butter are soft, they cream together much faster and easier than if they are cold, just as soft butter is when baking a cake or cookies. These can be rolled out on a floured board to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, cut into small biscuits, then baked. I find it easier to form the dough in a log about 1-1/2 inches wide, wrapping the logs in waxed paper or foil and chilling the dough. When ready to bake, I slice the log into 1/4-1/2 inch slices, place them on the baking sheets, then bake as directed.

Though the holidays are still ways off, they'll be here before we know it, so tuck away this recipe for the upcoming Christmas season. Speaking of which, last year I passed along some holiday snack recipes that would be equally good for snacking while watching TV. Here's the link to those recipes:

http://www.examiner.com/article/fast-and-easy-holiday-snacks

Once you make these great biscuits, you may find yourself not able to keep out of them, so make them caution!

CHEESE BISCUITS

  • 1-3/4 sticks butter, softened (14 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • about 100 pecan halves (optional)

Cream together the butter and cheese until smooth. Gradually work in the flour, along with the salt and red pepper to form a dough. Roll out dough to 1/4-1/2 inch thick on a floured surface and cut with a miniature biscuit cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheets and top with a pecan half, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Yield: about 100 small biscuits.

Note: I prefer to form the dough into a log, about 1-1/2 inches wide, then wrapping the logs in waxed paper or foil. Chill until firm. When ready to bake, slice logs into 1/4-1/2 inch rounds bake as directed above.

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