Cheddar Wafers
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Cheddar Wafers

Delicately flavorful cheese wafers with a pinch of heat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Dough Resting Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Cheddar Cookies, Cheddar Wafers, Cheese Cookies, Cheese Straws, Cheese Wafers
Servings: 26 wafers
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Anecia Hero - SmartyPantsKitchen


  • cups flour
  • 1 stick butter unsalted, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika smoked
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese grated


  • Preheat oven to 375ºF
  • Take butter out of fridge, cut into smaller pieces, and allow to come to room temperature
  • Shred cheese either by hand or in food processor
  • In the food processor, add flour, cayenne, salt and paprika
  • Add butter to flour mixture and pulse
  • Add shredded cheddar to flour mixture; a few handfuls at a time
  • Put dough on counter and divide into two clumps
  • Use the palm of your hand and smash down one section of the dough; keep smashing and pressing until you get something that resembles a cylinder shape
  • Place the cylinder shaped dough onto plastic or wax paper and roll it to smooth it out
  • Roll dough out onto wax paper; cover and allow to sit for 30 minutes
  • Let sit out on the counter for 30 minutes
  • Once dough is at room temperature, cut dough into ¼slices, form a ball (from each slice) and flatten the ball with the palm of your hand
  • Use a big knife to flatten out the top of the dough and around the edges. Use knife edge to transfer wafer to oiled parchment paper
  • Bake 13-15 minutes until browned; depends on oven. Check the tops of the wafers at 13 minutes; if they're not semi-firm, cook another 5-8 minutes. The wafers are done when the tops are semi-firm.
  • Allow to rest a bit prior to serving


  • The dough will be grainy after you've combined everything; don't worry, just form a cylinder or ball with the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and allow it to warm up a bit on the counter--about 30 minutes
  • Once the dough has warmed, you can either pipe it through a cookie press (to make "straws") or just form balls and flatten them for wavers


Calories: 100kcal