Cheddar Pecan Wafers


1/2 pound butter, softened

1/2 pound cheddar cheese, shredded (don’t use pre-shredded)

1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


1. Place all ingredients except the pecans in a food processor. Process until dough starts to form a ball. Dough will be stiff, much like shortbread.

2. Add pecans and pulse a few times to blend or work the pecans in by hand.

3. Form the dough into logs about 1 inch in diameter and 10 inches long. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.

4. Preheat the oven to 350º F.

5. Unwrap the chilled logs of dough and slice into ¼-inch rounds using a sharp knife.

6. Place slices about 1 inch apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

7. Bake for exactly 12 minutes, until firm and slightly browned at the edges.

8. Allow wafers to cool for 1 minute before removing from the sheet.

Note: The logs freeze well so you can bake up a fresh batch whenever you like.

Yield: Approximately 4 1/2 dozen

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