Cheese Crispies {Appetizer}

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 28, 2020

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Cheese Crispies are a cheesylicious savory cookie-cracker perfect as an hors d’oeuvre or at a cocktail party or tea or a snack. The Rice Krispies give a secret crunch.

Cheese makes everything better. Breakfast (cheesy eggs), lunch (sliced cheese on my sandwich), dinner (mac ‘n’ cheese) and of course, most of all snacks for a cocktail party. Cheese cubes, cheese slices, cheese boards, cheese dip (queso!)…I could go on.

Cheese gives you something delicious as a counterpoint to your beverage, whether you’re sipping a cocktail or a mocktail. They go well with a sip of wine, with Lemonade, Spa Water or Herb Spring Water, or whatever beverage you choose.

And this is the season for nibbles, so let’s practice our cheese skills with an easy appetizer or snack recipe I call Cheese Crispies. They’re like a little airy cookie-cracker, crispy, cheesy and just perfect to whet your appetite before a meal, or to stave off mid-afternoon hunger pangs.

They are at home at a backyard BBQ and a baby shower, a beach party and a birthday bash.

How to make Cheese Crispies

Ingredients assembled on a white counter

Assemble your ingredients. For these I use a good extra sharp cheddar, because I want to really taste that cheese, and a good quality butter.

Thick dough for Cheese Crispies in a white bowl on

Cream the butter and cheese, add in the flour and cayenne, and mix in the cereal gently by hand. It will be a stiff dough.

Cheese Crispies rolled into balls and placed on a dark cookie sheet

You’ll portion the dough with a cookie scoop (so they are all the same consistent size), and roll them into balls with your hands.

Dark cookie sheet full of cheese balls ready for the ovenPlace on an ungreased cookie sheet (there is plenty of fat in the crispie so they won’t stick to the pan).

Cheese Crispies on a serving plate with a cheese grater and a block of cheese alongside

Bake and serve. They’re best at room temperature!

Cheese Crispies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 40

Serving Size: 2

Cheese Crispies

A cheesylicious savory cookie-cracker perfect as an hors d’oeuvre or at tea or a cocktail party. The Rice Krispies give a secret crunch.


  • 4 ounces (8 tablespoons, or 1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional if your family isn't spicy)
  • 1 cup unsweetened crisped rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)


  1. Heat oven to 350F degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and cheese. Add flour and cayenne, mixing well. Add cereal and mix by hand only until combined, so as not to crush every little Krispie into oblivion. Dough will be very stiff.
  2. Take heaping teaspoons of dough and roll them into balls, by hand. Place balls 1 1/2 inches apart (they will spread a little bit) on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven and serve warm, or remove cheese crispies to a cooling rack and cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container and serving later at room temperature.
  3. Makes 40.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Spice level: Double the cayenne if you are a pepper head.

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Cheese Crispies on a cake stand with cheese and a grater behind

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This recipe was originally published June 7, 2015 and has been refreshed and republished today.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Marion@LifeTastesGood June 7, 2015 at 3:06 pm

These look perfectly delicious, Dorothy! I know the hubs would love these with his lunches 🙂


The Wimpy Vegetarian June 7, 2015 at 3:01 pm

My family will love crispies! I’m definitely making these with the kids next time they come to visit.


Alida June 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm

These little bites are so incredible! My family is going to love them!


Sippitysup June 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

I went on a WI cheese tour way back at the beginning of this blog and I can attest they wear their cheesehead moniker proudly. GREG


Dorothy Reinhold June 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm

I would LOVE to tour Wisconsin cheese making country! How lucky were YOU!


Florian @ContentednessCooking June 7, 2015 at 1:29 pm

These look delicious, great savory recipe!


Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too June 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm

these look wonderful. Great for a party!


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips June 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Cookies + cheese = perfection! I want to try it with gluten free flour!


Dorothy Reinhold June 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Come tell me how they are, and I’ll put it in the recipe if you do!


Carol Borchardt June 7, 2015 at 12:02 pm

I LOVE this idea! I’m a cheesehead and we love to have honorary cheeseheads. My family back in Wisconsin will love these!


Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche June 7, 2015 at 11:57 am

I love how few ingredients these have! Great idea to add Rice Krispies for that extra crunch!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 7, 2015 at 9:31 am

Your nibbles look amazing! I love that you added Rice Krispies. Fun recipe!


LydiaF June 7, 2015 at 9:16 am

I had to call my son into the room to show hims the cheesy rice krispie treats. I agree that they’d be fun to make with kids.


Dorothy Reinhold June 7, 2015 at 9:28 am

Oh…make them with him!


Liz June 7, 2015 at 9:02 am

I think we’re honorary cheeseheads, too. In fact, we own TWO cheeseheads since we’er GB Packer fans! Your crispies look fantastic!


Dorothy Reinhold June 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

Thanks Liz. Post a picture of you in your cheeesehead!


Janette@culinaryginger June 7, 2015 at 8:42 am

These look delicious, I love anything with cheese


Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) June 7, 2015 at 8:20 am

Rice Krispies?! Genius! You have just redefined Rice Krispie Treats!


Liz @ I Heart Vegetables June 7, 2015 at 7:38 am

My husband would LOVE these!


Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? June 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

These are fun little cheese cookies. Bet the rice cereal adds a nice crunch.


Dorothy Reinhold June 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

It does, and it’s crunchy but you can’t quite tell it is Rice Krispies.


Tara June 7, 2015 at 7:05 am

I just know that those would be fabulous with all that delicious cheddar. You would have to pull me away from them.


Dorothy Reinhold June 7, 2015 at 9:31 am

I’ll drag you away if you drag me away!


colleen @ foodietots June 7, 2015 at 6:05 am

Ooh, these remind me of crunchy little cheese balls I used to make — the recipe came from a kids’ cookbook that I adored. Will have to make these with the kids!


Dorothy Reinhold June 7, 2015 at 6:56 am

They would be fun to make with kids especially because of the rolling into balls. You might want to leave out the cayenne.


Shelby June 7, 2015 at 3:48 am

These are different and I love them! I am a huge cheese fan also and there isn’t a day I don’t eat cheese. I agree, cheese does make everything better!


Renee June 7, 2015 at 2:58 am

I could eat a whole tray of those tasty crispies.


Dorothy Reinhold June 7, 2015 at 5:30 am

You could, and I have. 🙂


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