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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


I was thumbing through a few old church cookbooks and an old Hometown Recipes book and came across my Aunt Dot's recipe for "Cheese Pennies". They are much like cheese crackers or cheese straws. I decided to make some and make more of the family recipes in these books! It's fun seeing the names under each recipe and remembering these women and a few men too!

1 lb extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts *
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix grated cheese with room temperature butter. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well. Divide dough into 4 balls. Roll each ball into a 6"- 8" log about the diameter of a penny. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Slice into pennies and bake on parchment paper for 15 minutes at 325 degrees. Yields approximately 12 dozen.

* I don't use nuts in mine, but I wanted a little crunch so I added 1 cup of rice crispy cereal.

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  1. I used to run a B&B. I used the rice crispy option many times at showers and other functions. They are also excellent with salads.

  2. These look so good I would leave out the nuts in mine though I will let you know how they turn out when I make them. Thank you for all your great recipes!

  3. I totally love love thumbing through old church cookbooks...I mean think of the littl' women who were so proud to share their fave recipe! Love love these, angel! xoxo

  4. I love these, i think i'd use the nuts in mine...

  5. Thanks Justine! Aunt Dot's recipe called for nuts, but I didn't have any on hand. That's why I subbed the rice crispies for a crunch. Nuts are a good protein boost! Too bad a ran out! LOL

  6. I am so trying these!! Love family recipes the most! <3