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Homemade Crispy Cheese Wafers

Crispy Cheese Wafers

These crispy, yet flaky, cheese wafers are the cousin of the southern staple: the cheese straw. It's a delicious blend of sharp cheddar cheese and a flaky crust with a hint of spicy heat. You'll find these delicious appetizers to be a staple at many southern wedding and baby showers!
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 45 wafers


  • Baking Sheet
  • Grater
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Pastry cutter/blender tool


  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups crisped rice cereal
  • dash of tabasco
  • cayenne pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grate cold cheddar cheese (by hand or in food processor) until you get 2 cups.
  • Let cheese and butter soften until room temperature.
  • Cut cheese into flour with the pastry cutter tool until well mixed.
  • Add remaining ingredients, crisped rice cereal last.
  • Mix with your hands to combine and roll into small 2-inch balls.
  • Press the balls with a fork.
  • Arrange on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 15 minutes on 350º.
  • Let cool and serve at room temperature.


  • It's best to use a block of cheddar cheese and grate it by hand or with a food processor. This will mix better with the rest of the ingredients and make for a creamier texture. 
Keyword appetizer, baked goods, cheese