Gifts from the Kitchen, Cheddar Cheese Cookies with a Painted Jar

Cheese Straws, Cheese Puffs, Cheese Cookies, Cheese Wafers…no matter what you call them, they are irresistible and a must for any Southern occasion!  When I saw this recipe for Cheddar Spritz Crackers on Happier Than a Pig in Mud, I knew they would be in my kitchen asap!


I decided to make a batch for my cheese loving SIL for his birthday


The recipe is just a basic dough that came together quickly with the help of a food processor

PicMonkey Collage

Lots of options here, make the cookies any size you want by adjusting the diameter of the dough log, and how thick you slice the cookies


You could also add a pecan half on top~

cheese cookie with pecan
gift in a jar

I decided to put them in a jar for a little special touch


I bought this Anchor Hocking tilted jar at Target and painted the lid with chalk paint


2 coats, then some cream stripes with a square flat brush


I wasn’t worried about the knob because it was going to get some bling


This was an old earring


I sprayed the lid  with clear coat varnish and used E6000 glue to attach the decorative earring

decorated lid
painted lid for cookie jar

And this jar is ready for filling!

painted lid

I wrapped the cookies in baggies of 8 to keep them as fresh as possible

cookie jar

Cheddar Cheese Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies


  • 8 oz Extra Sharp Cheddar [Cracker Barrel]
  • 8 oz Vermont White Cheddar [Cracker Barrel]
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 T Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • red pepper or cayenne to taste [optional]


  • Use a food processor to grate the cheese.
  • Switch blade from grater to mixing blade and add butter and Worchestershire sauce. Pulse/process to combine, scraping down sides as necessary.
  • Add flour, salt and seasonings. Process/pulse until dough forms.
  • Divide dough in half and roll into logs about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in saran and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Slice into 1/2″ slices and lay on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 13 minutes, or until set and edges are just beginning to brown.
  • Cool on pan 1 minute, then transfer to wire rack. Makes 36 wafers. Store in a tightly covered container


Refresh cookies by toasting in a toaster oven or baking on a baking sheet at 350 for 5 minutes. They are so good warm!
Keyword cheddar cheese crackers, cheese cookies, cheese straws, homemade cheese straws, pistachio cheese wafers, spicy cheese straws

Lynn makes hers with a cookie press, so pop over to see her method at Happier than a Pig in Mud here

gift in a jar

Add a tag and your gift in a jar is ready to go

birthday vignette

I attached a gift card to the tag and included a jar of Bacon Jam too~

birthday tag

He always tells me I’m his favorite Mother in Law…think about that for a sec…haha….but then I tell him he’s my favorite Son in Law [since I only have one] and we’re even    😊

Juicy details:

In case you missed the tutorial on painting heart cards, you can see it here

Refresh cookies by toasting in a toaster oven or baking on a baking sheet at 350 for 5 minutes.  They are so good warm!

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22 Responses to “Gifts from the Kitchen, Cheddar Cheese Cookies with a Painted Jar”
  1. lulu says:

    These are my hubby’s most favorite thing to have with a Friday afternoon martini!you remind me that I need to make some more and be sure to have them on hand.

  2. I have been making these in one form or another for many years — but not too often because I could easily consume every one of them. Your jar is adorable.

  3. Love the jar! Yumilicious cookies, too!

  4. Marigene says:

    Jenna, I love the savory cookies over sweet ones any day of the week…can’t wait to try them. I have some cheddar with habanero peppers that I think would make a great cookie!
    Cute top for your cookie jar.

  5. Lynn says:

    Ooh, I like Marigene’s idea of pepper cheese! Glad you tried the crackers Jenna, what a cute gift idea in the jar:@)

  6. Kitty says:

    Oh yum on the cheddar cheese cookies, Jenna. I’ll be the SIL loved them. Your jar turned out soooo cute! You’re so talented and creative. I can’t wait for you to see what my son painted for me. I hope to post it some time soon. Hmmmm… I have one of those jars from Target, too. You’re always an inspiration!
    Happy New Year!

  7. Kim says:

    Haha! My mom and HH call each other that, too. You’re so right. NO Southern gathering is complete without cheese straws (or whatever). I love the pecans on top, too. Thanks for sharing your recipe. 🙂

  8. Mary says:

    I’ve always loved those cute AH jars Jenna and your paint and addition of your bling makes it twice as fun and adds such a special touch! My MIL always topped her cheese straws with pecan 🙂

  9. Love the jar and the recipe. Plus bacon jam? Great gift!

  10. msshe says:

    Reblogged this on My Kentucky Living and commented:

  11. Marigene says:

    Jenna, I just made the cookies with only Cabot’s Habanero cheddar…oh my gosh, they are delicious with a little kick! My next ones will be with Cabot’s Chipotle, to go with chili, if I can find it around here…might have to get one of my siblings to send me a package. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • wow, awesome Marigene! I am such a heat wimp that I shy away from hot stuff, but I bet that cheese is divine for heat seekers! Thanks so much for the feedback, I appreciate it so much!

  12. plutrell says:

    I just printed the cheese cookie recipe out…that’s a keeper. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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