Crackers and a glass of red wine on a serving board

Cheddar Cheese Shortbread

  • Author: KrazyKitchenMom
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen shortbreads 1x


Make your own Cheddar Cheese Shortbread crackers with just a few ingredients in 20 minutes. These little bites are so addictive you’ll want to make a double batch. 



  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese – room temperature
  • 2 sticks butter – room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper ( use 1 teaspoon because I like the spicy taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together salt, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper and set aside.
  3. Mix cheese and butter with a stand or hand mixture until smooth.
  4. Add flour/spice mixture 1/2 cup at a time.
  5. Roll dough into small balls (golf ball or smaller size); place on a baking sheet covered with parchment or a non-stick baking pad.
  6. Press each small ball with a small glass or a shot glass to flatten and make a consistent size.
  7. Chill to dough balls for 1 hour or freeze them.
  8. Bake for 15-19 minutes until they are golden brown.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.


  • I recommend that the first time you make these only add the 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper as the recipe calls for. Unless you don’t mind a bit more heat as we do. I use 1 full teaspoon of cayenne when I make these.
  • This dough can be prepared ahead of time and frozen for up to 4 weeks.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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