Cheese Crispies {Appetizer}

by Dorothy Reinhold on June 7, 2015

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If you’re from Wisconsin, your nickname is automatically Cheesehead, a reference of course to the all the delicious cheese made in your state.

I can’t move to Wisconsin, but may I be an honorary Cheesehead? Surely you’ll let me in, because scarcely a meal goes by in the Shockingly Delicious household that doesn’t include cheese. It goes on the morning scrambled eggs, in the noontime sandwich (grilled or not), sliced on a cracker for an afternoon snack and maybe sprinkled on the salad for dinner.

Cheese makes everything better. And cheese from Wisconsin makes things even mo’ better.

Carpeted by grasslands and fed by glacial water, this land is ideal for some 1,200 cheesemakers to create more than 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese, all made following strict state standards for safety, grading and quality. Wisconsin was the first state to grade cheese for quality, and is the only state with an advanced training program to help cheesemakers become cheese masters. Is it any surprise that Wisconsin cheese rakes in the awards?

More than a quarter of all domestic cheese in this country comes from Wisconsin. That’s north of 2.8 billion (with a b) pounds of cheese each year. I eat my share. Do you?

Cheese Crispies | Savory cheese cracker-cookie appetizer recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comLet’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.

Ingredients for Cheese Crispies on ShockinglyDelicious.comThick dough for Cheese Crispies on ShockinglyDelicious.comThey go well with a sip of wine, with Lemonade, Spa Water or Herb Spring Water, or whatever beverage you choose.

Cheese Crispies ready to bake on ShockinglyDelicious.comGet the cheese grater out and turn on the oven!

Cheese Crispies | Savory cheese cracker-cookie appetizer recipe |

Cheese Crispies

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 40

Serving Size: 2

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 =1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces extra sharp Wisconsin cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional if your family isn't spicy)
  • 1 cup 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 biscuits to a cooling rack and cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container and serving later at room temperature.
  3. Makes 40.


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

Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Cheese Crispies on a baking sheet ready for oven on ShockinglyDelicious.comIf you’re a cheesehead like me, head over to the Wisconsin Cheese website, where you’ll find recipes, information about pairings, and you can find a store near you that sells the many brands of Wisconsin cheese. You’ll also want to follow our Cheese Pinterest board, and you may want to throw your hat in the ring for the Wisconsin Cheese recipe contest. Winners get all sorts of things, including cash, cheese, ticket, hotel and airfare to the Food and Wine Conference this summer in Florida. I’ll race you over there to enter!

Sunday Supper badgeThis week our #SundaySupper blogger crew is celebrating Family-Friendly Recipes featuring Wisconsin cheese. Check out our collection of 20 recipes today from the talented Sunday Supper cooks. Try my Cheese Crispies, or choose another recipe from the menu below to serve around your family table. I have my eye on the Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread and the Cheesy Skillet Lasagna, in particular. And that’s just for my first round.

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