Every year on Christmas Eve, Aunt Julia hosted a present-guessing party and invited the whole family over to shake their gifts. She would laugh out loud as we wondered what surprise hid inside. It was a tradition my husband looked forward to every season. When I married into the family, it became one of my favorites too. But, eating Aunt Julia’s Cheese Biscuits was even more exciting to me!
At every present-guessing party, Aunt Julia would pull out these big containers of fudge and buttery cheese biscuits with pecan slices in the middle. I think my eyes doubled in size the minute I saw those biscuits for the first time. Once I tasted them, I was hooked for life!
After Aunt Julia passed away, I carried on the tradition of making her delicious cheese biscuits for our family. And, just like Julia used to do, I package them up and share them with friends and neighbors to spread holiday cheer. I hope Julia is watching, ’cause I think she’d love knowing her tradition is being passed on down the line.
How to Make Cheese Biscuits
Making Aunt Julia’s Cheese Biscuits is a labor of love. Start by grating one pound of sharp cheddar cheese into a large bowl. Place the cheese in a mixer with one pound of softened butter and mix until fluffy.
Gradually fold in flour, cayenne pepper, and salt until a dough forms. Roll dough into a thin layer on a floured surface. Cut dough into small circles about 2 inches in diameter with a cookie cutter or small glass. Gather the excess dough, then form a ball and roll it out again. Repeat the process of cutting the dough out until it is all gone.
Place a pecan halve in the middle of each cheese biscuit and arrange them on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for only 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Take out of oven and allow to cool thoroughly. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!Print
Aunt Julia’s Cheese Biscuits are cheesy, buttery, and will spread holiday cheer to your friends and family!
- 1 lb. sharp cheddar, shredded by hand
- 1 lb. butter, softened
- 4 cups self-rising flour
- 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix cheese and butter together with a mixer until well blended.
- Gradually fold in flour, cayenne pepper, and salt until dough is formed.
- Roll dough into a thin layer with a floured rolling pin on a floured surface.
- Cut dough into circles with a round cookie cutter (or small glass).
- Gather excess dough and form a ball, then repeat rolling process.
- Place one pecan slice on top of each biscuit.
- Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Remove biscuits from oven and cool completely or the sugar will not adhere properly.
- Dust biscuits with powdered sugar and transfer to a serving dish or store in an airtight container.
These biscuits store well in an airtight container and will last for at least a week.
Be sure to let biscuits cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar.
- Category: Breads
- Method: Mix by Hand
- Cuisine: Southern
Keywords: cheese biscuits, holiday traditions, cheese, powdered sugar, cookies, cheese cookies