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Cheddar Cookies Recipe


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • Salted toasted pecan halves, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 400ºF. In food processor, place flour and butter. Cover; process until mixture looks like coarse meal. Add cheese and red pepper. Cover; process, using quick on-and-off motions, until combined. With food processor running, gradually pour water through feed tube; process just until dough forms a ball.
  2. Onto ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by tablespoonful’s 2 inches apart. Flatten each cookie with bottom of drinking glass; gently press 1 pecan half into center of each cookie.
  3. Bake 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Store cooled cookies tightly covered.

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