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Cheesy Feet

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Introduction

I have mentioned my cookie-cutter collection elsewhere, and knowing of children's predilection for the grosser things in life, how could I resist - when given a set of foot-shaped cutters by a friend back from New York - making some suitable cheese-tasting biscuits with them. Naturally, they went down a storm. I've been tempted to serve them with drinks for grown-ups (as, actually, they taste fabulous) but am worried that the mixture between yucky and cute might not play so well there. I wouldn't want to embarrass myself, you do see.

I have mentioned my cookie-cutter collection elsewhere, and knowing of children's predilection for the grosser things in life, how could I resist - when given a set of foot-shaped cutters by a friend back from New York - making some suitable cheese-tasting biscuits with them. Naturally, they went down a storm. I've been tempted to serve them with drinks for grown-ups (as, actually, they taste fabulous) but am worried that the mixture between yucky and cute might not play so well there. I wouldn't want to embarrass myself, you do see.

Cheesy Feet
Photo by James Merrell

Ingredients

Makes: 16, or thereabouts

Metric Cups
  • 100 grams grated cheddar cheese
  • 25 grams soft butter
  • 50 grams plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1½ tablespoons soft butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200°C/400ºF.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until the dough comes together. Just be patient: it will happen, I promise you. Form into a fat disc, wrap in clingfilm and let it rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floury surface to roughly 3mm / 1/8 of an inch in thickness, and cut out your feet with your cutters. You can keep re-rolling this dough and cutting out feet until it is all used up.
  4. Put them on to a lined baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10 minutes for the smaller feet, and 12 minutes for the bigger feet (see the photograph).
  5. The biscuits will continue to crisp up as they cool on a rack, so take them out when they're still a little soft in the middle.
  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200°C/400ºF.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until the dough comes together. Just be patient: it will happen, I promise you. Form into a fat disc, wrap in clingfilm and let it rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floury surface to roughly 3mm / 1/8 of an inch in thickness, and cut out your feet with your cutters. You can keep re-rolling this dough and cutting out feet until it is all used up.
  4. Put them on to a lined baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10 minutes for the smaller feet, and 12 minutes for the bigger feet (see the photograph).
  5. The biscuits will continue to crisp up as they cool on a rack, so take them out when they're still a little soft in the middle.

Additional Information

For vegetarians make sure the cheese is one made with vegetarian rennet.

For vegetarians make sure the cheese is one made with vegetarian rennet.

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What 6 Others have said

  • Fabulous recipe - I sometimes add some thyme, or mustard, or cayenne or paprika. I also make as large a batch as I can and freeze logs of the dough and just slice off biscuit rounds as I need them.

    Posted by poptop on 20th December 2014
  • Deliciously easy to make - double up on ingredients - they won't last long!

    Posted by sebski on 8th December 2014
  • I used a mixture of red Leicester and mild cheddar and it was delicious! They rose more than I expected and resemble mini scones rather than biscuits but I prefer them this way. Will definitely be making them again!

    Posted by Lon on 8th March 2014
  • This recipe is super delicious. I made it but with mozzarella coz i've no cheddar. Super yummy :D

    Posted by dolce fragola on 26th March 2013
  • These are amazing! I used a star cutter and took them into work - everyone asked for more.

    Posted by kandy666 on 23rd September 2011
  • Am such a "Bossy Pants",yet putting in some minced Pecan Meats and a slight Pinch of Sweet Paprika/Cayenne will give a nice mouth feel for Adults at Parties.Goes well with Champagne. Can be addictively Delicious with Nuts and Spice added.Enjoy them so much.{Without is Fine too.Still as Lovely as Nigella printed}.Thank You,again!

    Posted by clicquet on 20th September 2011
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