Cheddar crisp appetizers


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes42 appetizer sandwiches
*PLUS Refrigeration Time: 180 minutes, Baking Time: 8 minutes
Cheddar crisp appetizers


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

  • 250-g container MacLaren's Imperial cold pack sharp cheddar

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into large cubes

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard


  • In a bowl, stir flour with salt and cayenne. Place cheese, butter and Dijon in a food processor. Whirl until fairly smooth, scraping down side as necessary. Add flour mixture. Pulse, occasionally scraping down side, just until mixture comes together and forms a ball. Divide dough into 4 balls. Place 1 ball on a large piece of waxed paper. Shape into a log about 1-1/2 inches (3.5 cm) wide and 6 inches (15 cm) long. Roll in waxed paper, then twist ends to seal. Repeat with remaining dough. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 1 week. Or place in a plastic bag and freeze up to 1 month.

  • To bake, position rack on bottom shelf in oven. Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Remove 1 log from fridge and slice into 1/4-inch (0.5-cm) thick coins. Place coins about 1-1/2 inches (3.5 cm) apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, on bottom rack of preheated 400F (200C) oven until edges are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove coins to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining logs. Coins will keep well, stored in a plastic bag or container, in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before serving. For appetizer sandwiches, just before serving, spread about 1/2 tsp (2 mL) jelly over bottom of half of coins, then top with remaining coins.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 91, Protein 1.9g, Carbohydrates 7.6g, Fat 5.9g, Fibre 0.2g, Sodium 117mg.

A cross between crackers and cookies, these retro-style crisps are a definite throwback to Mom's bridge parties. Containers of sharp cheddar are sold in supermarkets. If you don't have red pepper jelly, the cheddar coins are delicious on their own.