We had a busy final weekend before packing up to head East tomorrow! I spent more time communing with my Southern roots through food, whipping up cheese straws, oysterettes and English trifle (not really Southern per se, but reminds me of family and gave me an excuse to use the pretty trifle dish we received as a wedding present).
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 1 (1-pound) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 to 2 teaspoons ground red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
PreparationBeat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, beating just until combined.
Use a cookie press with a star-shaped disk to shape mixture into long ribbons, following manufacturer's instructions, on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Cut ribbons into 2-inch pieces.
Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Cheese Wafers: Combine ingredients as directed; chill dough 2 hours. Shape dough into 4 (8-inch-long) logs; wrap each in plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours. Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container 1 week.