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Cheese Buds with Pecans Appetizers

    Buttery, savory appetizers for holiday parties – or any day – these Cheese Buds with Pecans are sure to be a favorite.

    There are so many sweet appetizers that you need a nice savory one to balance out your appetizer offerings. These cheese buds melt in your mouth with a buttery, savory flavor and nice crisp crunchiness from the pecans. A must-have!

    Cheese Buds with Pecans

    • food processor
    • 1 c cake flour or all-purpose flour
    • 1 c grated extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
    • ½ c unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
    • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
    • ⅛ cayenne pepper
    • 40 pecan halves
    • 1  egg white, whisked with 1 teaspoon cold water
    • smoked paprika
    1. Heat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Add flour, cheese, butter chunks, salt and cayenne pepper to food processor. Process until ingredients form into ball, about 1 minute.

    3. Remove dough from food processor, wrap with plastic wrap and press into flat round. Place in refrigerator 1 hour.

    4. Dust counter with flour and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Using 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

    5. Place one pecan on top of each round. Using pastry brush, lightly paint each cracker with egg wash. Sprinkle with smoked paprika.

    6. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until buds just start to brown around bottom edges.

    7. Remove from oven to cooling rack. Store in airtight container up to 1 week or freeze 1 month.

    Cheese buds can be made plain without pecans, or pecans can be chopped and sprinkled on after egg wash and smoked paprika.


    Recipe courtesy of Sheila Johnson of Eat 2 Gather on behalf of Milk Means More

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