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An Antidote to the Sweetness

December 18, 2010

Still looking for a fun holiday gift to bake up for your friends and family?  This is a good one!

As much as I love sugar (and you know I do), I’ve actually gotten *almost* sweetened out by all of our baking over the past few weeks.  From cake balls to pecan pies to green and red holiday cookies, the overwhelming amount of sugar in my body is beginning to make me feel like Lindsay Lohan, two days into rehab.

And so, an alternative: cheese coins.

Their alternative status, of course, is not synonymous with “healthy.”  There are two full sticks of butter in the recipe– ‘nuff said.  But, though these will give you heartburn (blame the Tabasco and the cayenne pepper), and though they will raise your cholesterol with a single bite (blame, of course, the butter), they will NOT send your body on a sugar crash and burn.

You’re welcome.

Spicy Cheese Coins


2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

2 sticks butter, melted

1/2 tbsp. cayenne pepper

2 (10 ounce) packages extra sharp cheddar, finely shredded

a few dashes of Tabasco (or other hot sauce)

a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350

Whisk the flour, salt, and cayenne pepper together. Work the melted butter into the shredded cheddar cheese until combined (you’ll probably need to use your hands for this).  Add the flour mixture to the cheese a little at a time, still mixing with your hands.  Mix for 5-10 minutes, until all of the flour is combined.  Add the hot sauce and Worcestershire and mix a bit more. 

Roll the dough into one inch balls and then push down with the fork, forming a decorative crosshatch. 

Bake 12-15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets, removing from oven when golden.  Careful not to over-bake!

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These are deliciously rich, spicy, and butter-crumbly.  The perfect antidote to too much sweetness!

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

23 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2010 10:24 pm

    omg those look so good! and yes, an antidote to the huge sugarfest either IRL or on blogs, is sooo welcome! and i am super guilty of contributing to the sugarfesting, for sure, in the sphere 🙂

  2. December 18, 2010 10:28 pm

    DROOLING…holy yum. baked cheese is the best!

  3. Kristi permalink
    December 19, 2010 12:06 am

    They look really good, but I think I’ll stick to Parmesan crisps.

  4. December 19, 2010 1:04 am

    These look wonderful, great idea for gifting. I love to dehydrate huge batches of kale chips with spicy hemp sauce for gifting.

  5. December 19, 2010 4:34 am

    These look like cookies! I love it!

  6. December 19, 2010 12:51 pm

    I love that these look like cookies but are savory….my dad would love them, he’s a cheese freak!

  7. December 19, 2010 1:53 pm

    These look awesome! Yum!

  8. December 19, 2010 1:58 pm

    oh my gosh! These looks so yummy. Ever since I made crackers- I’ve been wanting to make a cheesy baked good. I will keep these on the list!

  9. December 19, 2010 2:02 pm

    YUMMY! I love this recipe!

  10. Rachael permalink
    December 19, 2010 3:17 pm

    The recipe seems similar cheese straws. Are they cousins? Cause I love me some cheese straws.

    • December 19, 2010 4:29 pm

      Yep– exactly! These were actually based on a recipe for cheese straws 🙂

  11. greensandjeans permalink
    December 19, 2010 3:19 pm

    Now THIS is my kind of a treat!

  12. December 19, 2010 8:39 pm

    Ooohhh, tasty. What a great party appetizer too.

    • December 19, 2010 8:57 pm

      Yep! We’re serving them at a luncheon on Tuesday!

  13. thehungryscholar permalink
    December 19, 2010 9:35 pm

    Those look good. Lars would love that, because it has cheese. Who am I kidding? He would be happy with a bag of shredded cheese.

  14. December 19, 2010 10:16 pm

    After baking almost 16 dozen cookies yesterday, I’m in need of a break, too!

  15. December 20, 2010 2:12 am

    Amen to the sugar overdose! I’ve had no sweet craving all day- which is unheard of for me!

    I blame all the holiday baking…

  16. December 20, 2010 2:18 am

    Mmmm these look awesome! I am definitely reaching my sweet limit. I want to try this!

  17. December 20, 2010 2:53 am

    Way to go for breaking out of the sweet box. I haven’t gotten there yet… but I’m quickly approaching it with all this baking. These might have to make an appearance on our Christmas party table!

  18. December 20, 2010 3:55 am

    I am very sugared out myself so the idea of a sugar-free cookie-ish snack sounds delicious! And anything with 2 sticks of butter? Well, how can one really go wrong??

  19. December 20, 2010 12:38 pm

    What a great twist on holiday treats to give! They sound fabulous!

  20. December 21, 2010 12:08 am

    Cheese is the good stuff… And those look awesome.

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