It's very hard to stop at just one. They are fabulous straight out of the oven, and pretty much melt in your mouth.
I used a sharp cheddar cheese to make these, but you could experiment with Gruyere, Swiss, Gouda, or a similar cheese. I'm actually thinking about using pepper jack.
You can add additional flavors if you like such as rosemary, thyme, or black pepper. I added a pinch of cayenne powder, and it was perfect with the baked cheesy goodness.
Set these out during cocktail hour and I promise you, they will disappear. Plus, your guests will say in wonderment, "you made these from scratch?"
For my first batch, I tried cutting this dough into a flower shape, but it developed a mind of its own in the oven. It kind of resembled a flower if you squinted a little, but I decided to go with rounds for the rest of the dough. If you want to try other shapes, I would suggest trying chilling the dough after cutting them into shapes (although I haven't tried it).
Mini Cheese Puff Crackers
Makes about 40 crackers
100 grams all purpose flour
100 grams very cold butter, cut into cubes
100 grams shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 egg yolk
a pinch of salt, depending on the saltiness of the cheese
a pinch of cayenne pepper
- Rub the butter and flour together with your fingertips until it reaches a "pebbly" texture.
- Stir in the cheddar, and then mix in the egg yolk.
- Form the mixture into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll the dough out to about 1/8 of an inch (3 mm) between two sheets of wax paper or parchment and cut into small circles (about 1 1/4 inch) with a cookie cutter. Gather up the scraps, re-roll the dough out, and cut more circles. If the dough gets too warm, return it to the refrigerator to chill.
- Bake the crackers, one sheet at a time, for about 15 to 20 minutes, until just lightly browned. Cool on the pan on a wire rack. Serve with wine as an appetizer.
- Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container.