Make Ahead

Cheese Biscuits with Paprika & Red Pepper

October  2, 2009
Author Notes

When I entertain there is nary a deviled egg in sight, but you will always find plenty of cheese biscuits. A mix between a shortbread and savory cracker, I particularly like that the addition of paprika and red pepper give these more flavor than the average cheese straw. I got this recipe from my friend Nicole when we were all living in NYC after college and swapping recipes (we were the BGSK of the late 90's!) To this day I make them on a regular basis. They are especially great for my Naptime Chef-ing, I make the dough while my daughter naps - it is so simple - then let it chill for the remainder of the afternoon/evening. After she goes to bed I slice and bake, and they are ready for the next day! —Kelsey Banfield

  • Serves 50-60 biscuits
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar, grated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves approx. (1 half per biscuit)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Cream together butter and cheese.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, paprika and red pepper. Stir to combine. Add, dry ingredients slowly to the butter and cheese mixture until fully incorporated and a dough forms.
  3. Remove dough from mixing bowl and shape into rolls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Sometimes I use the inside of a paper towel roll to shape the dough - that helps. Chill rolls wrapped in plastic for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350. Slice rolls into 1/4 inch disks and press a pecan half into the top of each cracker. Bake 15-18 minutes or until crackers are set and edges slightly golden.

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Home cook, food blogger, cookbook author, wine lover, avid traveler, and mother of two young children. Check out my books: The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life (2012), and The Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthdays to Bake Sales, Good Food to Carry You Through the Year (2015), Running Press.