Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Spicy Cheese Bites

Bite sized cheese cookies, made with shredded cheese, flour, Cajun seasoning and Rice Krispies cereal.

Spicy Cheese Bites

Some folks call these, cheese cookies, but whatever you call them, they are a great make-ahead appetizer munchie for game day or any party or gathering.  This recipe makes a large batch but can easily be halved. Sort of like the flavor of a cheese straw, another very popular Christmas appetizer, but with an unexpected crunch from Rice Krispies cereal that'll have folks wondering what it is. You can also use well crushed regular corn flakes too if that's what you happen to have in the house.

Without the cayenne these have a sort of delayed, but fairly mild kick. If you want spicy hot, definitely add the cayenne or Cajun seasoning and adjust that to taste, because that really bumps up the heat. For a party though, you might want to lean on the milder side.

Nothing could be easier than this to throw together either - just make sure that you make enough because they WILL go fast, and that's not counting the ones you'll be popping in your mouth, which you will! The first batch of these I did by hand, the second I dumped it all in the KitchenAid. If you don't want to break out the mixer it works fine by hand, but I gotta say the mixer makes a much easier job of it if you don't happen to need (or want) the upper body workout! I made two trays at a time and just switched the sheets around halfway.

Here's how to make them.

Using a mixer, cream two sticks of butter, with a few dashes of hot sauce, until well blended.

Add the cheese - I used a combination of swiss and cheddar here - but use your favorites. Any cheddar alone is also excellent. Add that to the butter mixture.

Sift together the flour, Cajun seasoning or cayenne pepper, if using. Add the cereal to the flour mixture and stir. I prefer Rice Krispies, but I used regular, unsweetened cornflakes in this batch because I had some to use up!

Add the cereal/flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix just until well combined.

Pull off small pieces and roll them into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Gobble up.

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Recipe: Spicy Cheese Bites

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 20 min | Yield: About 5 dozen

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • Couple dashes of hot sauce
  • 10 ounce block of cheese (Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Monterey jack or any combination), shredded
  • 2-1/4 cups of cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or cayenne pepper, or to taste, optional
  • 2-1/2 cups of Rice Krispies or crushed plain cornflake cereal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add the hot sauce to the butter and cream with a mixer; add the cheese to the butter mixture; beat just until combined.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper together. Add the cereal to the flour mixture and stir. Add the cereal/flour mixture to the butter mixture about 1/2 cup at a time, until combined.

Break off small pieces (about a teaspoon) and roll into a ball. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool on the sheet for a few seconds, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Makes about 4 to 5 dozen or so - depending on how small you roll them and how many you eat along the way. Recipe can also be halved.

Cook's Notes: The first time you make these I suggest keeping them on the milder side, especially if you are taking them to a party or potluck. Adjust to taste for future batches. To substitute regular flour for cake flour: 1 cup of cake flour = 1 cup of all purpose flour MINUS 2 tablespoons. Replace the 2 tablespoons of flour with cornstarch and whisk together well.

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  1. Great holiday treat!
    Happy Hilidays & Happy New Year! :)

  2. Those look so yummy!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Have a wonderful holiday!!

  3. Ok, that would be excellent! The rest of my family won't like them but they can eat all their sweet cookies:)

  4. Yum! Like a spicy, savory cookie. I've never seen these before. What a great idea. Merry Christmas!

  5. MMMMMMM,...I love these lovely appetizers!!

  6. This is super bowl food Mary! I'm going to try them, ya know my whole family loves cheese!

  7. Yummy smelling; they are cooking right now. One tiny thing - in the picture directions you add the cereal to the flour mix, but in the "recipe" directions you add the cereal to the cheese mix. I was almost crying until I remembered that the pictures didn't have the cereal being added to the cheese. I hopped online and checked, and sure 'nuff, it was t'other way round. Anyway, I can't wait to taste them - only about 5 minutes to go. Er, plus cooling time, of course. ;-D

    Love your blog. I'm making the shrimp/sausage casserole for dinner and the cream cheese mashed potatoes for lunch tomorrow, in addition to these cheezy balls of goodness.


  8. Thanks Cassie! Will have a look at that and fix it - appreciate the catch! Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!!

  9. These were very tasty but on the dry side. What did I do wrong??


  10. Not sure! I guess the first question would be did you make any adjustments in the recipe and we can go from there. They are a bit like a cracker or a cheese straw. Kind of like a cheese cookie I suppose.

  11. When you click on Print This.. it does now show the first part of the directions. Mine started with sifting the flour. Can't wait to make these.

  12. Hi! I'll check on that link and document to see what is wrong. In the meantime, if you're in a hurry, you can just left click and highlight the recipe text only with your mouse, right click over the highlighted text and right click, select copy, then go to your word processing program like Word, then right click and select paste. Sorry for the inconvenience but I'll try to see what is wrong.

  13. I don't see anything wrong with the print link - for me it's showing the whole recipe - but if you
    click this link see if that will work. It's a direct link to the printable document. Hope that helps!

  14. Mary, can these b made ahead of time & froxen?

    1. Yes they may be frozen! You may want to reheat them before serving to freshen.

  15. if I made these a few days early would they keep or would I need to freeze them?

    1. You wouldn't have to but you certainly could Kristin! I would say you should be able to store the baked and fully cooled crisps in an airtight container at room temperature for about 4 to 5 days max, or you can make the dough ahead and refrigerate it wrapped for about a week.

  16. Hi, Mary! Congrats on your cookbook selling out on QVC Sunday. You did such a great job with David!

    Okay, recipe...what if one used the sweetened corn flakes (with the tiger) for a salty/sweet/spicy cracker? I wonder if that would throw people off a little being different. I hate when I'm drinking iced tea and for some reason think it's coke? Ya know how weird that is?! lol

    I absolutely love your website and liked you on fb. :)

    Hogs n' Quiches

    1. Oh thanks so much - I love David to death and it flew by so quick, that it hasn't settled on me yet. I keep thinking to myself "did I dream that?" lol...

      As to the frosted flakes, they are pretty sweet but I bet I'd like that combo! Would be interesting to try.

  17. You know, I'll bet if you substituted grits for the rice krispies these would taste exactly like Grits Bits. Have you ever had them?

    1. I've made grits cakes from leftover and refrigerated grits but they are totally different from these cheese bites. The texture is a little crisp on the outside because once refrigerated they are shaped or cut and then fried, but the inside is very tender. They are delicious served as shrimp and grits! These cheese bites are more like a cheese cookie - harder and more crisp throughout. I have never tried making them with raw grits so not sure about that!


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