Cheddar Pecan Crisps
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
8 oz Cheddar, coarsely grated (2 cups)
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat together butter and Cheddar in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, then beat in remaining ingredients.
Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and arrange 3 inches apart on buttered baking sheets. Flatten each ball into a 1 1/2-inch disk and bake in batches in middle of oven until golden, 15 to 18 minutes.
yield: Makes about 50 crackers