My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Wafers

Yes, I grabbed this right out of December's Southern Living. I was afraid one of you would miss it, and it's too wonderful to miss. This is a must do for the holidays. Serve plain, with your favorite cheese ball or cheese spread.

Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers
18 dozen
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1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped sweetened dried cranberries
2 cups butter, softened
4 cups (16 ounces) freshly shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground red pepper
4 cups all-purpose flour
Parchment paper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely (about 15 minutes).

2. Meanwhile, soak cranberries in boiling water to cover 15 minutes; drain and pat dry with paper towels.

3. Beat butter and next 3 ingredients with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, beating just until combined. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Shape dough into 4 (12-inch-long) logs; wrap each log in plastic wrap. Chill at least 8 hours to three days.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks, and cool completely (about 20 minutes)


  1. mouth wateringly, beautifully concocted yumminess, I like!

  2. Beverly- I wish I had the baking gene, but I am pretty much limited to muffins and bread. I need to branch out- I used to make cookies and candies as a young girl when I had a sweet tooth. Now I prefer the savory-


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