A savory cheese-flavored cracker with the texture of shortbread.
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, warmed to room temperature
6 oz. shredded hard cheese (e.g. cheddar, parmesan)
1 c. flour
1/8 t. salt
1/8 t. cayenne
Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Place the butter and cheese in a mixing bowl. Mix at medium speed until well-blended. Add the dry ingredients gradually and mix until blended. Wrap the dough, forming it into a cylinder, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Unwrap the dough and slice into rounds. Place these about 1″ apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and, if desired, sprinkle the tops with chopped nuts, sesame seeds or freshly ground pepper. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned, then cool on a rack. Enjoy!