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The holiday season brings gatherings, get-togethers and parties of all kinds, meaning dishes that can feed a crowd are all too important for successful entertaining. From appetizers to snacks to desserts, recipes that come together quickly mean more moments with loved ones.

For example, these dairy-fueled recipes from Milk Means More pack plenty of festive flavor for feeding family and friends without keeping you cooped up in the kitchen. Appetizers and snacks such as Holiday Baked Brie, Roasted Garlic-Whipped Feta Crostini and Cheese Buds help hold over hungry guests until the main course is served, while Peppermint Shortbread Cookies make for a perfect way to cap off the night.

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Cheese Buds

Recipe courtesy of Sheila Johnson of “Eat 2 Gather” on behalf of Milk Means More

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes, plus
1 hour chill time
Servings: 12

1 cup cake flour or
all-purpose flour 

1 cup grated extra-sharp white cheddar cheese

½ cup unsalted butter,
cold and cut into chunks

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

18 teaspoon cayenne

40 pecan halves

1 egg white, whisked with 1 teaspoon cold water

smoked paprika

Heat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add flour, cheese, butter chunks, salt and cayenne pepper to food processor. Process until ingredients form into ball, about 1 minute.

Remove dough from food processor, wrap with plastic wrap and press into flat round. Place in refrigerator 1 hour.

Dust counter with flour and roll out dough to ¼-inch thick. Using 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

Place one pecan on top of each round. Using pastry brush, lightly paint each cracker with egg wash. Sprinkle with smoked paprika.

Bake 12-15 minutes, or until buds just start to brown around bottom edges.

Remove from oven to cooling rack. Store in airtight container up to 1 week or freeze 1 month.


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