These cheesy, salty bites with a glaring eyeball in each make an excellent accompaniment to adult cocktails, if your party swings more toward adults, but kids love them too. The dough puffs when it bakes so don't shape them too big.
Servings: Makes about 36
- 8 ounces (about 2 cups) grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter , cut into 6 pieces
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 bottle (6 ounces) pimento-stuffed green olives , drained
Preheat the oven to 400°. Combine the cheese, butter, cumin, and salt in a food processor and process until well blended. With the machine running, slowly add the flour and stop as soon as a ball of dough forms. Scoop up a tablespoon of the cheese dough and mold it into a ball. Push an olive down into the middle of the eyeball, leaving only the stuffed end showing. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and olives. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve hot or warm.
Reprinted with permission from Ghoulish Goodies, published by Storey Publishing, LLC., September 2009.