Cheese Stars

READY IN: 25mins


  • 50
    g cold butter, cubed
  • 85
    g cheddar cheese, finely grated (or a mixture of several cheeses, Parmesan is a good addition)
  • 1
    beef stock cube, crumbled
  • 1
    egg, seperated
  • 14
    teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1
    teaspoon dried herbs (rosemary or oregano are good, in my experience)
  • 1
    pinch salt
  • and a pinch of any other spices or herbs, you want to add


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 200C, or 180C fan assisted. Grease and flour two large baking trays.
  • 2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, herbs and spices. Crumble in the stock cube and stir well until evenly distributed.
  • 3. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • 4. Stir in the cheese until well distributed (I find using two forks to pull apart the clumps of grated cheese is a good method).
  • 5. Mix in the egg yolk with your fingers, working the mixture to a dense dough. You may need to add a splash or two of water to achieve the correct consistency - the mixture should not be sticky, but should not leave crumbs in the bowl.
  • 6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of around 5mm - this isn't too vital, but will affect cooking times.
  • 7. With a star-shaped cutter, stamp out as many shapes as you can from the dough and place, slightly spaced, on the baking sheets. Re-roll the dough and repeat until you have too little left to work with.
  • 8. Brush each star with a little egg white and bake in the preheated oven for around ten minutes until golden.
  • 9. Remove and cool on wire trays.