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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