August 18, 2009

Pieces of Eight / Cheese Cookies

Pieces of Eight / Cheese Cookies

Submitted by Eleanor Batson.

Pieces of Eight/Cheese Cookies –  my grandmother would make these and send them to us every Christmas when we lived in Germany!


  • 8 oz sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teas. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper – maybe less if it is for kids
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 1/2 cup toasted and chopped pecans
  • Paprika for dusting only


  1. Grate the cheese (do not use pre grated cheese to save time – it has a nonstick filler in it – it will not stick together!) and butter into a bowl along with all the other ingredients.
  2. Let all ingredients come to room temperature, then mix together.
  3. Roll into small balls (approx 1 tsp) and place on cookie sheet –  press thumb into each cookie .
  4. Sprinkle with paprika for color.
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes at 325 degrees.
  6. Cool completely before scarfing them down – they need to crisp up!

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