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Cheddar Cheese Squares

Sharp cheddar cheese and a little cayenne pepper for heat made into crisp thick crackers.
Cheddar Cheese Squares

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Servings: 4
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Recipe by: Frankie


1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
8 TBSP unsalted butter, frozen and cut into 8 pieces
1/4 cup water


1. Pulse all the ingredients except the water in a food processor for about 30 seconds, mixture should have the consistency of wet sand.

2. Pour in the water and pulse 10 more seconds to make a dough.

3. Place the dough on the counter and form into a long rectangle, roughly 12 inches long, 2 inches high and 2 inches wide. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

5. Remove the dough from the fridge, cut into 1/4 inch slices and lay them flat on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until crisp and flaky. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.


Inspired by the recipe "Cheddar Cheese Coins" in the "Cook's Illustrated all time best appetizers" book.

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DarleneJ picDarleneJ

Nice recipe, I think I'll make them a little thinner next time so they're a little more crisp.

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