Feeding the Cylonettes: Cheesy biscuits

My cheesy biscuits are legendary. Everyone that comes into our family’s orbit knows about the cheesy biscuits. When we are out viewing houses, and I tell our realtor I’ll give the girls a snack to get them through the fourth and fifth house she says to me “Cheesy biscuits!”. I tell everyone about them.

Hell, we got through the aftermath of Sandy thanks to the cheesy biscuits!

They are one of my go-to-snacks for the Cylonettes, and I bake them at least once or twice a week. They are super simple to make, and happily eaten for days and days. I roll them out on the thick side, and like all cookies whip them out of the oven early (8 minutes on the dot).

‘Cheese Stars’ from Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat

1/2 cup all purpose flour (I’ve made them with white, and wholewheat both come out well)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch salt (I skip this)

pinch cayenne (skip this too as I don’t have any)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

2/3 finely grated orange cheddar

1/4 freshly grated Parmesan

  • Set the oven to 400F
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a mixer until the dough comes together, and give it a little knead
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and rest in the fridge
  • Roll it out on a floured surface. Not too thin but not too thick somewhere between 1/4″ and 1/2″. After you’ve made them a few times you’ll figure out your preferred thickness. Nigella uses a star cutter but I use a train (as Sheldon likes trains) and I get about 12 train biscuits out of the dough.
  • Bake on a non-stick or greased or lined baking sheet until they begin to puff on top but are hard underneath, about 10 minutes BUT start checking at 8 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a rack and enjoy!
Cheesy biscuits in IKEA

Cheesy biscuits in IKEA

Cheesy biscuits in Eataly

Cheesy biscuits in Eataly

Cheesy biscuits being cut out

Cheesy biscuits being cut out


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