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Crispy Cheese Shortbread Wafers


Savoury shortbread is very trendy at the moment and surprisingly easy to make. Cayenne or chili powder gives these crackers some zip; a splash of hot sauce will do the same. For a calmer flavour, leave it out.

  • Serves: 3 dozen wafers
  • Course: Snack


  • 2/3 cups butter, softened (150 ml)
  • 1 tsp sugar (5 ml)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (250 ml)
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning (5 ml)
  • Pinch cayenne or chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Swiss cheese (250 ml)
  • 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal (125 ml)


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add flour and seasonings; mix well. Stir in cheese and cereal. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon, then work dough with hands until it comes together. Shape dough into a 12" (30 cm) roll. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. Unwrap and cut roll into 1/4" (6 mm) slices. Place on parchment-lined or ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 17-20 minutes, until golden around edges. makes about 3 dozen wafers.
  4. Tip

    - If you don’t have any Italian seasoning on hand, you can substitute dried basil or dried oregano.

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