Cheese Petites

Cheese Petites
Yield: 6 dozen small petites Prep 15 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 375°F 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup puffed-rice cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) margarine
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Make It

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, puffed-rice cereal and ground red pepper. Using a pastry blender, cut in margarine until well blended. Cut in cheese until combined.

3. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until dough comes together; there should still be clumps of cheese in dough. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

4. Roll out half the dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out rounds with 3-inch cookie cutter. Cut each round into 4 equal wedges. Place the wedges on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining half of dough, rolling and cutting and placing on baking sheets.

5. Bake in 375 degrees F oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden. With small metal spatula, remove the petites to a wire rack to cool. Lightly sprinkle paprika over the top of each petite and serve in a bowl as an appetizer.