Saturday, November 12, 2011

Holiday Cheese Puffs

: Okay Reds, since 50% of us are attending the New England Crimebake this weekend, I'm posting the most wonderful hors d'oeuvre I can come up with so you can snack while we're away. These are positively decadent and delicious. There's one drawback: They look like little thumbprint jam cookies so it takes a while for the party guests to catch on that you're talking cheese, not sugar. Once a few people taste them, however, word spreads like wildfire and the plate will be snatched clean. So gobble a couple before you put them out. This recipe came from my good friend Cathy Crook.


1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup flour
Hot pepper jelly

Mix the first 3 ingredients until they hold together in a ball--either by hand or using food processor. Chill 1/2 hour. Roll into small balls (no bigger than an inch thick.) Bake at 400 degrees for five minutes. Remove them from the oven and make depressions in the top of the puffs with the back of a spoon. Fill with hot pepper jelly. Return puffs to the oven and bake until golden. (5-7 more minutes.)


  1. I love these things! Anything with Hot Pepper Jelly's got my name on it!

    Have fun at Crimebake, y'all!

  2. Well...I'm not at Crimebake. trying to write...but these sound yummy and easy to make 1

  3. These sound SO good. Going on our TG appetizer list!!

  4. Are they still good when cooled? They look delicious.

  5. Now you've got me.

    First it was Deborah's Cranberry - Jalapenos Relish she mentioned on "What Makes Your Thanksgiving Menu?" (I'm dying to try that!)

    And now hot pepper jelly on Holiday Cheese Puffs?! O my.

    Thanks for the recipe. These will be fun to fix at the family TG reunion.

    You're on my gratitude list, Lucy.

  6. You're welcome all! And Gayle, yes they are delicious at room temp as well as warm.

    Hope you all enjoy them! Just back from the Crime Bake conference and unpacking and putting things away so I can try Jan's new writing technique tomorrow!