These savory cheese rounds have the perfect balance of cheese and butter, along with enough flour to keep them crumbly. An instant classic with a martini or a glass of wine!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


  1. With an electric mixer on low speed, cream butter. Add cheese; mix well. Add flour and salt; mix well. Stir in nuts and cayenne pepper by hand.
  2. Divide dough in half, and roll into 2 logs, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour, and preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ยบ.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice chilled dough into 1/4-inch slices and place on pan.
  5. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Note: Slice and bake one log of Cheddar Pecan Rounds to enjoy immediately, and freeze the second log for when unexpected guests drop in. You can bake a batch in less than 20 minutes.

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