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Southern Cuisine: Holle's Cheese Wafers

Updated on March 14, 2011

My family and I really like cheese wafers, or cheese crispies, or cheese straws, or cheese cookies – whatever you want to call them, they’re all delicious! I make them often for parties. I’ve always used my mom’s recipe that requires Rice Krispies cereal. A couple of weeks ago, my daughter went to the grocery store for me to get ingredients for some Christmas goodies I was planning to make. She forgot to get the cereal!

I’m nothing if not inventive. I decided I could figure out my own recipe for cheese wafers, and I did! We actually like these better than the old recipe. When I took the first batch out of the oven, I thought Johnny was going to eat the whole pan right then and there.

For the best wafers, use the best cheese! This is quick and easy cooking, and these little morsels are delicious. They're perfect for a Super Bowl party, a Christmas party, or any get-together. Anyway, here’s my recipe:

Holle’s Cheese Wafers

What you’ll need:

1 stick of salted butter, softened (use REAL butter)

2 cups finely grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 ½ cups plain flour

1 teaspoon Lowry’s garlic salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon ground red pepper (or more!)

Finely chopped pecans (optional)

A few drops of water

Place all ingredients except the water in a large bowl. Work the mixture with your hands until it’s well blended and it sticks together. I had to add just a few drops of water. If you’re planning on forming the dough into fancy straws or rosettes with a pastry tube, you might need to add a little more water.

Roll the dough into balls. I did mine about an inch in diameter. Place the balls on an ungreased nonstick cookie sheet. Use the tines of a fork to flatten the balls. I flatten mine to about ¼ or 1/3 inch. If you want crispier wafers, you’ll probably want to make them thinner.

Bake in a preheated oven at 300 degrees. For soft wafers, bake about 11 minutes. For crispy wafers, bake a little longer.

Use good quality cheese!
Use good quality cheese!


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      Yori 4 years ago

      hello,I just wished to write to say how much I've enoeyjd reading your site. I am part cherokee on my mother's side and my sister is half blackfoot on her father's side. we are half sisters actually as you can see. but anyways I love anything and everything to do with the Native American culture. I also have a friend who is always looking for new info on this as well and I am having a problem with finding information about her birth totem. Her birthday is September 13 If you could help me I'd be grateful as I say she loves Native American stuff as I do. Also I noticed you do crafts. I do too and am looking for a crochet pattern for a native american girl dress to do for a project I'm working on. If you may have any ideas or could help in any way I'd be grateful. Sorry if I've rambled I take medication due to a serious ailment which has left me bedbound. Thanks again for any and all help!!!!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Free! Go make you a batch. They're quick and easy!

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      Varun Sharma 8 years ago

      Now i am really feeling hungry!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Mega, you could always put them in the blender with a little formula - yum! You're a prescious baby!

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      mega1 8 years ago

      I want some NOW! is it too early at 8 am to eat these? good recipe!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, HH. I bet you can get great cheddar over there!

      Hey, they're good with breakfast, too, Pop!

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Okay, I'm hooked. I can actually smell their delicious aroma right now!

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Again, it sounds great. Thank you.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Ya know, John, I could munch a few right now! Good to see ya!

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Habee - pure and simple AMBROSIA!!