Lindaraxa's Christmas kitchen was hopping today and it was the perfect day for it...rainy and yucky to do anything but stay inside and vegetate. I chose instead to start getting some of my presents ready, particularly the ones that are going out of town.
I got different size Christmas tin boxes, already half price, at Hobby Lobby.
Cocktail Cheese Biscuits
1 stick of butter, cut into pieces
2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup of flour ( I use King Arthur's)
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. cayenne (red) pepper or paprika
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In the mixer with paddle attachment combine butter and cheese. Add the mustard powder, salt and red pepper to the cup of flour. Add the flour mix to the butter/cheese. Mix until it comes to a ball. Remove and shape into a log about an inch and a half in diameter. If you are going to bake right away, put the dough in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden so it will be easier to slice. Slice in 1/4 inch thick slices, lay them in a baking pan slightly apart and bake for about 17 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!
They will darken and crisp up when they cool.
Note. Use really good cheese and grate it yourself. Do not use the ready grated variety! Red pepper is the way to go.
This recipe has been adapted from 300 Years of Carolina Cooking
You might also want to try Cocktail Pecan Cheese Wafers in the lake blog