Cooking and Baking

crackering up

My boyfriend loves Cheez-its, so for Valentine's Day I decided to make him some, using this recipe that came with my cookie press:

* 1 pound sharp cheddar or aged swiss finely shredded
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
* 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
* Dash hot red pepper sauce
* 1 1/2 cups flour
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl, cream the cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce and hot red pepper sauce until smooth.
In separate bowl, toss flour and seasonings with fork. Gradually add to cheese mixture.
Mix until dough holds together and shape into small logs.
Place in barrel of Cookie Pro™ Cookie Press using any disk, press onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and cool on rack. Sprinkle with paprika.
*Do not use pre-shredded or processed packaged cheese.

The dough came out rather crumbly and was darn near impossible to get through the press. I was able to form a couple crackers and stuck them in the oven. They weren't pretty, but tasted fantastic ! I added a little milk to the rest of the dough to help it bind better, which kind of worked, but I'm still stumped as to why it proved to be so difficult? Has anyone made crackers before?


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