Cheddar Stars
CATEGORY: Appetizer- Cold
These cheddar stars are tender, buttery and just plain delicious!! Perfect with a glass of champagne!
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
Pinch of salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper (adjust for personal taste)
2 cups (about 8 ounces) sharp white cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1 cup all-purpose flour
Beat together the butter, salt, pepper and cayenne on low speed just until blended.  Add cheese and flour, mix at low speed until smooth (do not overmix).
Shape the dough into 2 balls, wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper and chill for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
Remove dough from fridge and roll balls of dough out to 1/8" to 1/4" thick.  Using a star shaped cutter, cut out stars.  Place stars on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 13-15 minutes. 
Cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the stars to racks and cool completely.  The longer they sit the more the more flavorful they become.