Homemade Cheese Coins
November 28, 2010, 5:58 pm
Filed under: Holidays, Nibbles, Quick and Easy

One of my favorite things to make for Christmas gifts are cheese straws. OY! We loves them! This recipe is Paula Deen’s and it’s quite easy and basic. You can fancy it up in a good many ways. use blue cheese instead of cheddar, and add some hot sauce, for a kind of Buffalo Wing thing. David and I came up with that last year. Add a few drops of liquid smoke and a dash of toasted cumin- YUM! Mess around with it! Because there’s a long list of people who get tasty treats for Christmas, I generally go ahead and shred 4 pounds of cheddar, and soften 4 sticks of butter, then make smaller batches of differently seasoned straws. You can also roll them into a log, cover with plastic wrap and chill until you have the time later (I do this DAYS ahead), then slice them into little cheese coins. Roll the log in paprika for a pretty effect…even mix a bit of cayenne in with the paprika for some spark!

Ingredients
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1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (optional, if the cheese is very sharp you probably don’t need it, in my opinion)
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 paprika for rolling it in (optional)
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Put everything in a food processor except the paprika, I'm adding a shplorck of liquid smoke

Process until a smooth dough is formed.

Roll into a log.

Coat in paprika or a blend of paprika and cayenne (for SPICY!)

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or up to a couple of days

slice into coins and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in a preheated 300 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Ok so there’s no pictures of the finished products. That’s because I forgot to take them and they’re all packaged up and ready to give away.

You can roll this out in a 1/4 inch thick sheet and cut into little strips. A friend of mine used this recipe for a kids party and cut them out in shaped of dinosaurs (she left out the hot pepper) because they taste like Cheeze-Nips! My favorite method is to roll them into logs, roll the log in something pretty like paprika or dried parsley (oo imagine if you used fontina cheese, added a bit of garlic powder, and rolled the logs in dried basil!) (only fontina’s crazy expensive…use munster instead, it’s 1/4 the price and acts/tastes almost the same, in my opinion)…let your imagination run with it, k? Plus you can take the scraps after cutting out cookie cutter shapes, mash it all back together and keep going. Reckon how it would be if you used whole wheat flour? Or put bits of sundried tomato in it?

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I can not make these. We would devour them… or maybe I will.

Comment by Bella Rum

I have to beat the natives. It’s not so hard to stay out of them if you package them up immediately and put them in the freezer.

Comment by rootietoot




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