Sometimes those cheese cravings hit and that's when you need this savoury cheese and paprika biscuits recipe! They're perfect for snacking on and great for buffets, picnics, after school snacks and whenever else you need a cheesy treat.
Before Christmas I fell in love with Step-by-Step Baking by Caroline Bretherton. I made quite a few different biscuits from it and even used the rich fruit cake recipe for my first ever Christmas Cake. It turned out to be lovely and moist and will definitely be made again.
Somehow, every time I make something from this book, I end up seeing more things I want to make and then it's practically the only book I use for the next few weeks.
I made these biscuits as I wanted to have a go at a savoury biscuit recipe for a change. Ginger ones, fruit ones and chocolate ones are all very well, but it is nice to have something a little less sugary for a snack occasionally. However, less sugary does not mean healthy. These biscuits have a lot of cheese in!
What ingredients are in these cheesy paprika biscuits?
There are just 5 ingredients in these savoury bicuits! So if you like recipes without a lot of ingredients then these are perfect. They really are an easy recipe as you just need plain flour, cheese, butter, paprika and an egg yolk.
How do you make savoury cheese biscuits?
For full instructions then do look at the recipe card further down the page. However, this is an easy recipe and you basically just need to rub the butter into the flour until you get a breadcrumb consistency. If you have a food processor you can use it. Then stir in the remaining ingredients.
Knead just enough to form a dough and then wrap the dough up and put it in the fridge to rest for at least 30 minutes.
When you are ready to bake the biscuits, take the dough out of the fridge. Roll it out until it is very thin, about 2cm and use a round cutter to cut out the biscuits.
Bake the biscuits in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn them over for another 5 minutes. They might have risen up a bit so press them down onto the baking tray.
Do you need a food processor to make the dough?
I often use my Magimix food processor to make the dough as it's really quick and easy as well as a little less messy. However, you really don't need to use any special equipment. You can even use a glass instead of a round biscuit cutter!
What are these savoury cheese and paprika biscuits like?
I hadn't made this type of biscuit before so I was expecting them to be crumbly, but the texture is actually quite flaky. It's a bit like a flaky pastry. With all that cheese, they do of course taste cheesy but they also have paprika in to give just a bit of bite too. They're great if you like a bit of spice!
Perfect for an edible gift
I took these savoury cheese biscuits to a gathering at a friend's house, not thinking anyone else would have make cheesy biscuits too. Well, great minds think alike. There were two lots of savoury cheesy biscuits but they all got eaten!
They are quite addictive and if there's a plate of them anywhere near me, I will not be able to stop eating them! And I don't think I'm the only one.
Storing savoury biscuits
These cheese and paprika biscuits will keep well in an airtight container for at least a week. You can also store the uncooked dough in the fridge for up to a week before baking or in the freezer for up to three months.
Can you adapt this cheese and paprika biscuit recipe?
These homemade biscuits are a pretty simple recipe and are easy to adapt with other flavours. If you want you can replace the paprika with mustard powder. You can even add a few dried herbs for some extra flavour. Or replace the paprika with herbs instead.
I use mature cheddar cheese for this recipe but you can of course use a different cheese. Try any hard cheese such as Red Leicester or Double Gloucester for a slightly milder flavour.
More savoury snacks
If you like this savoury cheese biscuits recipe then why not try my other savoury biscuits. These basil and parmesan thins are also great for when those cheesy cravings hit!
Savoury Cheese and Paprika Biscuits
- 150 g strong cheddar cheese
- 100 g plain flour
- 50 g butter I use unsalted
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 egg yolk
- Grate the cheese using the finest cheese grater setting.
- Put the flour and butter into a food processor and blend just until it has formed a breadcrumb consistency. Then add in the cheese, egg yolk and paprika. Alternatively use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour and then stir in the cheese, egg and paprika.
- Knead a little with your hands to form an even dough and then wrap in cling film and refrigerate to rest for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- Sprinkle flour on the work surface and roll out the dough until it is about 2mm thick. Cut out circles with a pastry cutter and place them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
- Bake them in the oven at for 10 minutes. They will puff up a bit. Turn them over and press them down then continue to bake for another 5 minutes.
- Cool them on a wire rack.
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