These are a tradition in our family, and especially one of my Dad’s favorites. Even better, they’re super easy, and only have a few ingredients that you’re likely to have on hand. I made some tonight as a little different holiday gift than the usual cookies, but they make great appetizers or snacks, too, and they never stay around too long at our house.
I didn’t have a cookie press, but I managed to find a cheap one at Bed Bath and Beyond for $6, so I enjoyed using my new toy. A cookie press makes these more fun, but I expect they would taste just fine made like drop cookies too. Or, I think a pastry bag with a star tip would make a fine substitute as well.
As a side note, I made another 101cookbooks recipe tonight, Heidi’s recent Hazelnut and Chard Ravioli Salad, except I used spinach, pumpkin ravioli, and acorn squash, and I added a bit of pancetta too, although it definitely didn’t need it. It was absolutely delicious, and I highly recommend it.
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8 oz. Sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
1 3/4 stick margarine
2 c flour
1/2 t Cayenne pepper
Cream margarine and cheese. Add flour and pepper. Mix well. Fill cookie press with desired shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.