Cheese Crackers

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1cupunsalted butter (softened)
8ounceextra sharp cheddar cheese (grated – about 2 cups)
2cupall-purpose flour
1⁄4teaspoonground red cayenne pepper


Cream butter and cheese in large bowl until well blended. Combine flour, salt, and ground red pepper inseparable. Add flour mixture gradually to butter cheese mixture; stir until completely incorporated. Form dough into ball; refrigerate, wrapped in plastic, about 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350°F.

Remove a small amount of dough from refrigerator at a time; keep remainder chilled. Role 1 teaspoon of the dough between hands; press and flattened to 2-inch diameter on ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remainder of dough.

Bake crackers until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. Let stand 1 minute on baking sheet before removing the spatula to wire rack; cool. Crackers can be stored in tightly covered tin, with waxed paper between layers, up to 2 weeks.

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