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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cheddar pecan crisps

Sorry for the lack of updates - took a week + break from running to repair the shin splints.  After my attempt at running every day I needed to step back and rethink the plan.  And I am glad I did because I am feeling much better. 

 BUT- I am planning on going for a run tomorrow in true Holiday fashion.   Thursday's Turkey Trot  five miler.  I run it every year and I am especially excited about this years tradition after giving the sneakers some time off.  Nothing like some time off to heal the body and the brain.

With Thanksgiving tomorrow and all of the holiday parties just around the corner,  I wanted to share a delicious treat that makes a great appetizer for that holiday party.   I had these at a dinner party last year and demanded the recipe the following day.

Simple unique and absolutely delicious:  cheddar cayenne pecan crisps.
Simple recipe, few ingredients...... cheesy nutty cracker with a kick.

They are best served warm out of the oven.  This recipe makes a bunch and while it looks like a lot, it will go quick.  I promise.  

Despite the bland picture, take my word for how good these are.  So much yum


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz Cheddar, coarsely grated (2 cups)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Beat together butter and Cheddar in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, then beat in remaining ingredients.
    Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and arrange 3 inches apart on buttered baking sheets. Flatten each ball into a 1 1/2-inch disk and bake in batches in middle of oven until golden, 15 to 18 minutes.

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