Spicy Bacon Cheese Rounds for #AppetizerWeek #NotSoSimpleSyrup Giveaway

Welcome to Day #3 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan , we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.

spicy bacon cheese rounds

When my Tay was a wee little one, she used to looooove those cheesy fish crackers. Those cute little crackers and the “o’s” cereal were two of her favorites to pick up in her tiny little fingers and cram into her mouth. In preschool those little fish made a regular appearance at snack time and it was really cute to see her and all the other little preschool kiddos eating those fish one by one while arguing about something very important to four year olds.

When I see those little crackers I always smile.

Now that she is older, she likes more grown-up cheese goodies. To my surprise, she can actually handle a little spice and seems to enjoy it. These Cheese Rounds are perfect. She’s pretty excited about the bacon.

cheese and corn flake cereal

These rounds come together very quickly and are very easy to make, even with the scary word “knead” in the recipe. :) It’s totally simple. The hardest part is self control when you have one of these cheesy bacony goodies staring you right in the face. Wanna try them? You can totally pin it for later. 😉

These rounds are crisp on the outside and have a nice, warm spice to them! Even without the bacon and cheese on top, these rounds are rich and resemble a savory version of shortbread.

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I found a recipe for cheese wafers last year when I saw a commercial on tv with one of my fave cooking show people. I hunted it down and over time we have made it into something that is perfect for our family and that is what I am sharing with you today! You can find the original recipe here. Give my adaptation a try or try the original and see what suits you!

Spicy Bacon Cheese Rounds
Recipe type: Appetizer

  • ½ cup of butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups of corn flake cereal
  • 1¼ cup of shredded four or five cheese Italian blend
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. alaea Hawaiian sea salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup (or more) of small bacon pieces
  • ¼ cup crushed corn flake cereal for topping

  1. Add 2 cups of cereal and 1 cup of shredded cheese to your food processor bowl and process into crumbs.
  2. sorta spicy bacon cheese rounds mixing
  3. Then add the butter, cut into at least 8 pieces and scattered on top of the crumbs. Mix until ingredients are combined.
  4. Add your flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and smoked paprika, mix until ingredients form a dough that crumbles.
  5. Lightly flour a flat work surface and turn dough out onto the flour. Press dough together into a ball and knead 6 times to form the ball into a dough. Divide dough into two fairly equal parts and form each part into a long roll about 1 inch across.
  6. Wrap each roll in plastic clingy wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and unwrap dough, cut into ¼ inch slices and arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. sorta spicy bacon cheese rounds baking
  9. Sprinkle about a pinch of bacon and a pinch of cereal on top of each round. Top with a little shredded cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes or until rounds are slightly brown on top. Cool on a wire rack completely before serving.


  1. Can I join Tay at the table next time you serve these? We can sit together and talk about stuff while chowing down.

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin01-23-2014

      You bet! That would be a fun conversation. I’ll be munching and giggling along at her responses.

  2. Oh Dionne… *thump thump thump* I think I’d like to be your new next door neighbor so that we can have coffee and several dozen of these appetizers. Sounds like a great deal, doesn’t it? 😉

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