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Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites

Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites are a delicious appetizer perfect for any event or party! They are crisp outside but soft and tender inside.

Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites are a delicious appetizer perfect for any event or party! They are crisp outside but soft and tender inside.

Looking for an addictive snack or appetizer?  These Parmesan cheddar basil bites are a real crowd pleaser and so easy to make! 

They have a crisp outside with a soft and tender inside. They aren’t a true cracker, but they are a perfect addition to a charcuterie board, for serving at wine-tastings, and anywhere else you might serve up party appetizers. Using a star cookie cutter they are pretty fabulous to serve up on New Years Eve and they pair wonderfully with champagne!

I love that you can use cookie cutters to customize them for any even or party too. Some people like to just use a pizza cutter to make squares or diamonds which really makes these quick and easy to prepare.

They are even fun to put in kids lunches for a treat.

*Updated December 15, 2021 – Note, I have not updated the recipe, it is pretty perfect as is. I just wanted to add some additional information and answer some of the most frequently asked questions directly in the post.

Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites are a delicious appetizer perfect for any event or party! They are crisp outside but soft and tender inside.

How to Store Cheddar Basil Bites

You can store the Parmesan cheddar basil bites in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.

The dough does freeze well for several weeks if you want to save dough to make fresh bites later on, just store in a freezer bag.

This recipe does make a large amount of bites, if you have leftovers you won’t eat within a week you can freeze them! Just divide them out. Wrap the divided portions in plastic wrap or foil and then place in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. They should thaw out in a few hours on the counter when you are ready to enjoy them again.

Cheddar Bites Variations

Try swapping out the basil for other flavours. Some great alternatives include:

  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Chives
  • Tarragon
  • Cayenne

About the Ingredients for Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites

Cheese – I generally use old cheddar cheese when making these cheese crackers. I think the sharper flavour works best.

Butter – You should use unsalted butter here, but I’ll be honest and say I don’t usually keep any on hand so always use salted myself. I just halve the amount of additional salt.

Half and Half – 10% milk fat cream. If you don’t have access to this, use half milk, and full heavy whipping cream. The cream provides the moisture and the extra fat is needed, so for best results I would not swap directly with just milk.

Flour – Scoop and level your flour, sifting it if it is lumpy. Don’t pack it down or your cheese bites may end up more dense than they should be. If you don’t measure carefully and the dough ends up too dry, add a teaspoon more of the cream at a time until the dough is workable.

Parmesan cheese – You can use either freshly grated or store bought pre-grated parmesan. I kind of prefer these when I don’t use fresh parmesan.

Basil – Use only fresh herbs, you can substitute with one of the variations listed above, or get creative and come up with your own combinations!

More Delicious Appetizer Ideas:

If you are looking for more appetizer recipes, check out some of my favourites!

Slow Cooker Party Meatballs are a favourite appetizer at just about any gathering.  This is a super easy recipe you are almost sure to make over and over again!

These Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Mushrooms with Goat Cheese are a tasty holiday appetizer that will impress your guests.

These Cucumber Rollups with Fresh Herb Cream Cheese make for a nice substitution to the typical veggie tray at bbq’s and parties.

Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites are a delicious appetizer perfect for any event or party! They are crisp outside but soft and tender inside.

PARMESAN CHEDDAR BASIL BITES

Yields: 3 Dozen  | Prep time: 20 Mins | Cook time: 11 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons half-and-half (10% Milk Fat Cream)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°

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Beat Cheddar cheese, butter, half-and-half, and salt at medium speed with a mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, Parmesan cheese, and basil – beating just until combined.

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Turn dough onto a well floured surface. Divide into 3 equal portions, and roll to flatten each to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with star shaped cutter. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until golden; cool on baking sheets on wire racks for 30 minutes.

Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites
Yield: 36 Basil Bites

Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes

Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites are a delicious appetizer perfect for any event or party! They are crisp outside but soft and tender inside.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Beat Cheddar cheese, butter, half-and-half, and salt at medium speed with a mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, Parmesan cheese, and basil – beating just until combined.
  3. Turn dough onto a well floured surface. Divide into 3 equal portions, and roll to flatten each to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with star shaped cutter. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until golden; cool on baking sheets on wire racks for 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g

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Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites are a delicious appetizer perfect for any event or party! They are crisp outside but soft and tender inside.
Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites are a delicious appetizer perfect for any event or party! They are crisp outside but soft and tender inside.

Alex

Monday 3rd of October 2022

I just found this recipe read through the comments and can’t believe ppl don’t actually read the recipe before asking questions that are quite obviously there if they actually would read Looks like a great recipe def gonna try Thx kindly

Delee

Monday 28th of November 2022

@Alex, I never ever comment, but decided to and came across your post. Took the words right out of my mouth :) Great minds think alike lol

Estelle

Monday 27th of June 2022

These are lovely! What cheeses or cheese spreads would go well with them on a cheese and cracker platter? I’m making these for a large reception this weekend. Thank you!

Diane

Friday 4th of March 2022

I just made these and the dough kept falling apart. Added more half and half in hopes the dough would stick together. I managed to make some that did not fall apart and they were good. What did I do wrong?

Liz Lampman

Sunday 6th of March 2022

It sounds like too much flour? Make sure you spoon and level the flour without packing it down, and use room temperature ingredients to make sure it all comes together easily.

Yvette

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Has anyone made with almond flour instead of AP flour?

BETH CHURCH

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Just ate these delicious stars at a church party and they were a hit! So nice to have a savory taste instead of all sweets. My friend shared the recipe with all of us and I'm making it for my family next week :)

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