Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mammy's Cheese Waffers

Mammy, my great-grandmother, used to make us these waffers. She'd serve them in small wooden bowls. I'd always want more than one bowl. Everytime we visited we'd hope she had some in a tin in the kitchen. Usually, she did (or she had dad's favorite--oatmeal cookies). There are very few family gatherings without these...and lots of bad feelings toward the cousin who eats the last one--or takes the tin to another room to eat in secret. I've never done that. Really.

This recipe can also be used for cheese straws--if you have that little thingy that makes cheese straws.

1 stick oleo (a.k.a. butter)
1 1/2 cups flour
12 oz sharp cheddar chesse (I use Cracker Barrel extra-sharp cheese)
1 teaspoon salt
little cayenne pepper

Grate cheese and cream with softened butter.
Add flour, salt and pepper.
Divide in two and roll out (like in long skinny tubes). Put in ice box (a.k.a. fridge) for about half an hour. Slice in thin slices. Or you can roll in small balls and mash lightly with a fork (in picture above). Put on ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes @ 300.

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