Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
This recipe is from "Ambrosia". The cookbook is from Vicksburg, MS.
- 1 cup butter
- 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- Cream butter and cheese in food processor.
- Add flour, salt, and cayenne pepper.
- Add pecans.
- Roll into balls and flatten with a fork.
- Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
My Mother made these. She did not use chopped pecans in the dough. Rather than using a fork to flatten she would press a pecan half on top of each small ball. I bake them on top rack in oven for 15 minutes at 350. Getting ready to make some now. I normally use a couple of shakes of cayenne pepper. It's very easy to use too much. These are a holiday favorite at my house. She called them cheese biscuits. Not sure why but everyone knew what she meant and lined up for them.
A lady I work with brought these to work during the holidays - they are amazing, and such a nice change after all the sweets. I love the cayenne bite - not too much, but enough to notice. Thanks so much for posting this recipe - I was prepared to search for hours to find it!
These were good, however I made one modification. Lightly sprinkel powdered sugar on top of cookies just prior to serving. Nice contrast of a little sweetness with the bite of the cayenne. <br/>Thanks!