Spicy Cheddar Pennies w/Pecans - TNT!
Wanted to share this with everyone - it's my latest experiment!
SPICY CHEDDAR PENNIES W/PECANS
Makes about 20 dz.
1 stick unsalted butter
1 pound very sharp cheddar, shredded, at room temp.
1 ˝ cups AP flour
˝ cup rice flour
˝ tsp salt
˝ tsp cayenne (more or less, to your liking)
˝ cup very finely chopped pecans
Heat oven to 325; line baking sheets with parchment.
In food processor, cream butter til smooth; add cheese, process til all mixed together. Add flours, salt, cayenne, and pulse til it forms a ball.
Remove from processor, work in pecans with your hands. Divide dough in 4ths; divide each 4th into 2 strips, and roll out under hands to make a ‘rope’ about the diameter of a penny. Repeat with all; place on a flat sheet and chill 30 minutes.
Cut each rope into slices about 1/8 inch thick, place on baking sheet (you can place pretty close together, as they don’t spread); then take your thumb and flatten them a bit.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, til light brown on top. (If you taste one and it’s a little chewy in the middle, put the sheet back in the oven another few minutes; you want ‘em crisp!)