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Cheese Cookies

Cheese Cookies 2.500
Holiday Cookies 2005 Dec 14, 2005

These are pretty enough to hold their own among holiday cookie assortments. Include these nonsweet, zingy biscuits and your friends who can't eat sweets will be appreciative year after year.

Make Ahead: The cookies can be stored between layers of wax paper in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Baked cookies can be frozen for up to 1 month.

Servings: 2.5 cookies
  • 3 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, at room temperature
  • Pecan halves


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Have ready 2 large (ungreased) baking sheets.

Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and cayenne pepper to taste on a large sheet of wax paper.

Combine the butter and cheese until smooth in a large bowl, with not too many discernible shreds of cheese. (It's best to use your hands for this.) Add the flour mixture to form a dough; knead until it comes together and is a soft orange color. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Use a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, preferably with serrated edges, to cut the dough into rounds, then gently press a pecan half into each one. Place the rounds on the baking sheets, spaced about 1/2 inch apart; the cookies do not spread much.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or just until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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Adapted from "The Washington Cookbook" (Washington Opera, 1982).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per cookie: 197

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 15g 23%

Saturated Fat: 7g 35%

Cholesterol: 32mg 11%

Sodium: 166mg 7%

Total Carbohydrates: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 6g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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