Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Blackeyed Susans

I haven't made this yet, but I ate them last weekend in Charleston. My friend, Kathleen Erickson, made these, and they are fantastic. They are unusual and delicious--salty,sweet,spicy, and addictive. I think that it would be nice to cut the dates in half in order to make these bite-sized.

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

2 cups all-purpose flour

Salt to taste

Cayenne pepper to taste (I used 2 t.)

1 lb. pitted dates, halved lengthwise (I used large Medjool dates from Fresh Market)

Sugar (I use a shaker)

Blend butter and cheese together in food processor. Mix with flour, salt and cayenne pepper to form dough. Chill. Roll out thinly and cut into small rounds with a biscuit cutter (I used a shot glass!). Place date half on one side of dough round; fold remaining dough over. Pinch edges together like a turnover. Bake on non-stick cookie sheet at 250-300 degrees for 30 minutes. Roll in sugar while hot (I just sprinkled on top.). Serve warm or room temperature. I had refrigerated some of the batch and warmed them tonight in the microwave for 20 seconds on a paper plate and they were perfect.

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