Cheese Wafers

 Once again I tried a recipe from The Southern Living 2014 Annual Cookbook. We do like the recipes from the South. This one was for Cheese Wafers. What caught my eye was the addition of crisp rice cereal. Cheese wafers are not common in Minnesota where we grew up. I do think it is a Southern thing. Bettie who is from Oklahoma and Sue who lived in the South said they were very good.
 Easy to make, and the crisp rice cereal gives them a nice texture. I did grate a block of sharp Cheddar cheese. Since the wafers are mostly cheese and butter using fresh grated cheese will give you a better tasting product.
 While the recipe calls for baking for 25 to 28 minutes I found that at 18 minutes mine were brown and leaving them longer would have burnt them. I would suggest checking them at 18 minutes and than leaving them in longer if needed.
Cheese Wafers
Preheat oven to 350°F. 
2 cups freshly grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup butter softened
½ tablespoon kosher salt
1/16 or ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
 Beat freshly grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese; all purpose flour; softened butter; kosher salt and ground red pepper at medium speed with a electric mixer until mixture is well combined and starts to form a ball. Gently by hand, mix in 1 cup of crisp rice cereal (I used Rice Krispies). 
 Shape into one inch balls and place one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. 
 Flatten with a fork dipped in flour. Bake 18 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
 Transfer wafers to wire racks and cool completely.

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