If you like recipes that are big on flavor but small on effort, these tasty parmesan, basil, and cheddar stars are just the thing for you. These stars are packed with flavor, can be made in under five minutes, and not only taste delicious but leave the house smelling fabulous too.
Whether you’re looking for small bites that look fabulous at a Christmas party or want something to crunch on while soaking up all of those Christmas movies, these cream cheese stuffed mushrooms make an ideal partner for our cheese basil stars.
Parmesan, Basil, and Cheddar Star Bites
Makes: 3 Dozen | Time to prepare and cook: 30 Minutes
2 ½ cups of shredded Cheddar Cheese
½ cup of softened butter
Five tablespoons of half-and-half
One teaspoon of kosher salt
1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups of grated Parmesan cheese
Three tablespoons finely chopped, fresh basil. If you don’t have fresh basil available, you can use three teaspoons of dried basil instead.
Parmesan, Basil, and Cheddar Star Bites – Directions
Combine the Cheddar cheese, butter, half-and-half, and salt at medium speed with a mixer until blended.
Gradually add the flour, Parmesan cheese, and basil – stirring until just until combined.
Be careful at this point not to over-stir the mix. Too much string, or mixing too vigorously, will lead to a hard, tough, parmesan, basil, cheddar star rather than the light flakey bite you are looking for.
Once it begins to come together, turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface.
Don’t worry if you have a few straggly bits in the bowl; simply drop them onto the top of your dough ball, and they’ll mix in as you are rolling out the mixture.
Divide into three equal portions, and roll to flatten each to 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut with a star-shaped cutter and place your stars, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake for roughly 11 to 14 minutes or until golden and allow to cool on wire racks for 30 minutes.
*Thank you to Sherry who emailed to ask what temperature to put them in as I forgot to add this crucial element! The oven should be 350 degrees.