drema's spicy pecan-cheese coins

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By Drema Bryant
from High Point, NC

Another great appetizer to gift-maker for the holidays! We love them anytime. This version is a bit spicier than my cheese straws but you can play with it to suit your taste! Enjoy!

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serves Yields about 8 doz coins
prep time 20 Min

Ingredients For drema's spicy pecan-cheese coins

  • 1 lb
    cheddar cheese, shredded fresh
  • 1/2 c
    butter or margerine, unsalted, softened
  • 2 c
    flour, all purpose
  • 1 tsp
    sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper or more, ground to taste
  • 1/4 tsp
    paprika, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    cumin, ground
  • 1 c
    pecans, chopped

How To Make drema's spicy pecan-cheese coins

  • 1
    In large mixing bowl combine cheese and softened butter. (You can use a food processor fitted with steel blade if available - if not, mix well using hands). Add flour, salt, pepper, paprika and cumin. Process or work well with hands until dough comes together in a ball. Work pecans into the dough so they are well distributed.
  • 2
    Shape dough into 3 logs, about 1 1/4" in diameter. Wrap securely with wax paper or plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hrs. (Tip - these can be frozen for up to 30 days. Thaw before baking)
  • 3
    When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice dough into 1/4 inch coins and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake about 12-15 minutes or until coins begin to brown.
  • 4
    Remove to a wire rack to cool and store in airtight containers or tins. *Tip - they are easier to slice if they have been frozen and are starting to thaw slightly. Once sliced you can leave them on cookie sheet until finish thawing and bake at that time. Enjoy!

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