8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated, room temperature
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground red pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour
72 Newberry Pecan halves
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line baking sheets with baking parchment.
In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, cheese, salt and pepper until blended well.
Gradually add flour.
Knead dough until smooth.
Using floured hands, pinch off tbsp. pieces and roll into balls, place on a baking sheet about 1-inch apart. OR roll dough into logs about 1 inch in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to firm up.
Once dough is firm, thinly slice and place on a baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
Gently press a pecan half into each cracker.
Bake for 18-20 minutes. Be watchful to avoid burning.
Allow to cool.
Store in airtight containers.
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