Cheddar Bites

4 cups

The big aged-cheddar flavor of these little crackers stands up to bourbon cocktails.


  • 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)

  • 2 cups grated aged cheddar

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pulse butter, cheddar, flour, salt, and cayenne pepper in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add heavy cream; pulse until just combined.

  2. Divide dough into 4 pieces; shape into rectangles. Wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

  3. Working in batches, roll out each rectangle on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4 inch thickness. Transfer dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and cut into 1-inch squares. Separate squares, leaving at least 1/4 inch between each. Refrigerate until chilled and firm, about 20 minutes. Bake until pale golden, 15 to 17 minutes.

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