Cheddar Cheese Rounds
We wanted savory shortbread-like crackers that were flaky and cheesy rather than floury and bland.
Why This Recipe Works
The best versions of cheddar cheese rounds are flaky-crisp and pleasantly sandy—like tiny rounds of savory shortbread. The worst cheddar cheese rounds can be tough and floury and have little cheddar flavor. To avoid a floury taste, we cut back on the amount of flour in our Cheddar Cheese Rounds recipe, and replaced some of it with ground pecans. The moisture from the pecans made the cheddar cheese rounds slightly softer, so we added cornstarch to the dough, which gave the rounds a crisp, pleasantly shortbread texture to go along with their nutty, cheddary flavor.