Smoky Cheddar Shorties

Smoky Cheddar Shorties Image by: Smoky Cheddar Shorties Author: Canadian Living

Smoke is the hot new flavour. While the tobacco kind is taboo, a whisp of the woodsy sort from this smoked cheese adds to the allure of savoury shorties. Regular old Cheddar is a fine substitute.

  • Portion size 60 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2005

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups shredded smoked Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecan
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnut
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 30 pecan halves

Method

Line large rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with cheese until blended but still rough. Stir in chopped pecans, salt and cayenne pepper; stir in egg yolks, 1 at a time. Pour in flour; stir to form ragged dough. With floured hands, work into ball; divide in half and press into discs. Cut pecans in half lengthwise; set aside.

Between waxed paper, roll out 1 disc of dough at a time to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. With fluted 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) oval cookie cutter, cut out shapes. Transfer to prepared pans, leaving scant 1 inch (2.5 cm) among shapes. Firmly press pecan piece into each. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

Bake in top and bottom thirds of 300°F (150°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until slightly darker underneath, about 30 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool. (Make-ahead: Store layered between waxed paper in airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per piece:</b> about

  • Sodium 49 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 56.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 22 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 3 g

%RDI

  • Iron 2.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 3.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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