Cayenne Cheese Rounds

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Every good cook has his or her favorite cheese snacks. Some call them ‘straws,’ some call them ‘rounds.’ Whatever, they’re a must for any buffet or cocktail party. This recipe has an especially taste-tempting balance of hot pepper and mellow cheese and egg. Warning: make more than you think you’ll need. SAM

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot paprika
1/2 cup butter, cut in 1/2-inch pieces (1 stick)
2 egg yolks
4 tablespoons ice water

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cheese, pepper, and paprika. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks and add the ice water, beating until frothy. Stir the egg mixture into the cheese mixture to form a ball of dough. Dust with flour, cover, and chill until firm, about 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Form the dough into 48 small balls, place on a lightly floured surface, and flatten with a fork dipped in flour. Place rounds on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.
Makes 4 dozen.

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5 Responses to Cayenne Cheese Rounds

  1. Lakshmi says:

    Sounds yumm…there have been lots of cheese rounds these days on blogosphere..I loved most of recipes. I love cheese.

    Hi Lakshmi, Cheese rounds are great and there are a zillion recipes for them. I think it’s the combination of hot pepper and cheese that makes them so tasty, but I even have a recipe that calls for confectioners’ sugar. This one is especially rich because of the egg yolks. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Mushy says:

    Oh, that sounds so good…I’ll have to give it a try.

    I love the photos you use…artsy instead of just the specific food shots. I may steal that idea!

    ‘Glad you like the photos. We decided early on that rather than illustrate the recipes we would use gorgeous shots of ingredients. Michael is a very creative and gifted photographer. Go to ‘Who We Are’ at the top of the Home page and click on his Tantrum Pictures link. His company website has some unbelievable shots.

  3. vimmi says:

    just the name itself sounds so good. got to try

    Hot pepper and cheese make a lovely balance, don’t they? Add butter and egg and you’ve got yourself a fantastic snack.

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