Cheese Crispies

by Olivia

Cheese Crispies:

Hey y’all! If you’re looking for a savory snack that’s perfect for any occasion, these Cheese Crispies are just the ticket. With a delightful crunch and a hint of spice, these snacks are sure to be a hit. Let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Crunchy Texture: The crispy rice cereal adds a delightful crunch.
  • Cheesy Goodness: Sharp cheddar cheese gives these crispies a rich, savory flavor.
  • Easy to Make: Simple ingredients and straightforward steps make this recipe a breeze.
  • Perfect Snack: Great for parties, gatherings, or just as a tasty snack.
  • Cuisine Type: American
  • Servings: Makes about 24 crispies
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Dry Ingredients:
    • In a mixing bowl, add the cayenne pepper and salt to the sifted flour. Mix well.
  2. Incorporate the Butter:
    • Cut the butter into the flour mixture. Work the mixture between your fingers to produce a cornmeal-like consistency.
  3. Add Cheese and Cereal:
    • Add the finely grated sharp cheddar cheese and crispy rice cereal to the mixture. Continue to combine with your fingers. The more you mix, the more dough-like the mixture will become, and it will better hold the crispies together.
  4. Form the Balls:
    • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, pressing them together in your hands to ensure they hold their shape.
  5. Prepare for Baking:
    • Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press the balls flat with a fork or the bottom of a flour-covered glass.
  6. Bake:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
  7. Cool and Store:
    • Allow the crispies to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Variations:

  • Herb-Flavored: Add a teaspoon of dried herbs like rosemary or thyme for extra flavor.
  • Spicy Kick: Increase the cayenne pepper for a spicier version.
  • Different Cheeses: Try using different types of cheese like Parmesan or Gouda for a new twist.

Equipment:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Fork or flour-covered glass
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper

Storage:

Store the cheese crispies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

What to Serve with This Recipe:

These cheese crispies are perfect on their own as a snack, but they also pair wonderfully with soups, salads, or as part of a cheese platter.

Tips:

  • Even Size: Try to roll the dough into evenly sized balls to ensure they bake uniformly.
  • Don’t Overbake: Keep an eye on the crispies as they bake to prevent them from becoming too dark or burnt.
  • Cool Completely: Let the crispies cool completely before storing to maintain their crunch.

FAQ:

Q: Can I use pre-shredded cheese?

A: Pre-shredded cheese can be used, but freshly grated cheese will give a better texture and flavor.

Q: Can I make these ahead of time?

A: Yes, these crispies can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container.

Q: How do I make sure the crispies hold together?

A: Mixing the dough thoroughly and pressing the balls together firmly will help the crispies hold their shape.

Approximate Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 150 kcal per serving
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 4g
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