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.