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MaMa's Cheese Ice-Box Wafers

Betty's daughter, America Jill Drafts, found a brand (Parmesan Cheese Crisps by Fresh Gourmet, at Walmart) in late 2016 that she claims taste just like these.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (4 cups; 16 ounces) shredded NY State sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese (your choice is to degree of sharpness)...have @ room temp before starting
  • 2 sticks of margarine...have it room-temp softened before starting
  • 2 3/4 cups plain (all purpose) flour.
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

the process:

  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • Dump all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with hands.
  • Divide mix into 4 balls & roll each into a log & wrap each in wax paper and refrigerate or freeze.
  • Remove, one at a time, from cold & slice with wire cheese cutter into discs as thin as you prefer.
  • Place discs onto aluminum foil or parchment paper onto a cookie sheet.
  • Bake 6-10 minutes or until lightly brown. Immediately remove & slide foil or parchment with wafers onto cooling rack. Serve as is.
  • Experimenters: The margarine component could be changed to butter. One could place some sunflower seed kernels or some other item onto the fresh-cut wafer surfaces before baking. And/or, one can use some other cheese to change the "cheese taste".

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(posted 19 Oct 2015; re-formatted 14 Dec. 2016)