Friday, June 10, 2011

Pecan Date Cheese Wafers

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!!!!!

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