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In my family, the holidays mean one thing: cheese diablo wafers. This is a longstanding family recipe that we make every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the whole family inevitably ends up fighting over them. They're spicy, crumbly, and irresistibly rich, and they set the stage for a decadent holiday feast.

Another bonus? They're a cinch to make, meaning you can make several batches (which you'll probably need) without much added effort. Use good-quality cheddar — I like sharp Tillamook — and keep an eye on them in the oven because they bake up quickly! Side note: best enjoyed with a Manhattan.

Cheese Diablo Wafers

Cheese Diablo Wafers

Cheese Diablo Wafers


  1. 1/2 pound shredded cheddar cheese
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
  4. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients together by hand, until everything is well incorporated and forms into a dough.
  3. Roll pieces of dough into 1 inch balls and line evenly on baking sheet.
  4. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until they have flattened out and are brown around the edges.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Camilla Salem
Sunny15018721 Sunny15018721 3 years
replaced butter with 1/3 cup coconut oil and little bit of salt, flour with almond flour and put 1cup of cheese instead of 1/2 pound. This is the perfect beer snack ever! :)
Kelsey3355253 Kelsey3355253 5 years
WAY WAY WAY too rich! I even added more flour because the batter tasted too rich. The final product was still rich for my taste, so I added some sliced pear on top and they were okay. I like the idea, but this is definitely not a recipe I would make again.
Camilla-Salem Camilla-Salem 5 years
@Gaston2336655 Hm...good point. I usually measure how much cheese I use by reading the weight of the cheese I have and calculating it from there. Just as a guess though, I'd say this recipe uses 3 1/2 to 4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.
Gaston2336655 Gaston2336655 5 years
How much in volume is 1/2 pound of cheese? If you don't have a food scale, how do you measure this? I tried to make cheese crackers like this for xmas and all I ended up with were salty cheesy melted puddles -- too much cheese, not enough flour. My measures were off because the recipe called for weight of cheese, but not amount!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
These look delicious! I'm a sucker for savory crackers.
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