I love Paula Deen and I love her recipes. This is one of her recipes and is great for an appetizer. I love dates. You can stuff dates (wtih almonds) or you can wrap dough around then (gotta remove that seed) or make the recipe below and enjoy with a glass of wine or good old sweet tea!
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 pound block sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup finely chopped dates (you can buy them already chopped..I always use fresh dates)
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
In a large bowl, combine butter, cheese,pecans, dates and red pepper. Beat a medium speed with an electric mixer until well combined. Gradually add flour, beating until just combined. Wrap dough in a plastic wrap, and refrigerate for two hours. Preheat overn to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place balls 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using a flat bottom glass dipped in sugar, flatten balls to 1/4 inch thickness. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove and cool on wire racks ...OR JUST POP IN YOUR MOUTH AND BE DONE WITH IT!!!!!