Pennies from Heaven

Every once and a while my husband will come home with a business associate in tow for drinks and/or dinner.  Inevitably these surprise guests arrive on my busiest days- you know the ones with carpools in competing directions, doctor appointments, long scheduled meetings, and absolutely no time for kitchen magic.  Yet, when an unsuspecting guest is making himself comfy in your living room, magic needs to happen.  

There is one little hors d’oeuvre trick I keep up my sleeve for just such an occasion-and it always carries the day: cheese pennies. This recipe is fabulous for several reasons-not the least of which is flavor.  These savory little morsels pack a powerful bite and everybody loves them! And, this recipe is fast and foolproof.  As written, it will take you fifteen minutes to make and will never let you down.  I have, on occasion, tinkered with it to suit my mood by changing the kind of cheese and/or spices.   So, you should feel free to do the same and experiment with it by substituting Parmesan or Roquefort for the Cheddar and thyme, basil or pepper for the spices.  Make it yours!  And, finally, last but not least, these guys freeze incredibly well and are always there if you need them-unless of course, you’ve devoured them all in one go!  Then you’ll just have to make another batch!

Cheese Pennies-makes about 6 dozen

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

½ lbs of good quality Cheddar Cheese, grated, at room temperature

1 c. flour

¼ c. Knorr’s French Onion Soup mix

½ t. cayenne

Mix all ingredients in a mixer until well blended.  Form dough into 2 long rolls about 1½” thick.  Wrap rolls in parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes and up to a week.  Pre-heat oven to 375.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Slice dough into thin slices and bake for about 10 minutes until edges are brown.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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One Comment

  1. Heidi
    Posted December 13, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    Took these to an appetizer exchange party and they were a hit!

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