Alright, alright, alright. You know, as well as I do, that the holidays are upon us. And as any good hostess, gift giver, or daughter-in-law what do we want? To impress! What’s even better? When it’s Easy Peasy! I’ve made these little goodies all year round, and countless guests have asked for the recipe. I’ve hesitated, afraid to pull back the curtain on one of my most favorite appetizers, because of its simplicity. Four ingredients? Really? Well fans, I’ve heard your call. And here’s your Terrific Thyme Cracker recipe. Put them in a basket in the springtime or on a holiday platter in the winter, and have the bubbly (with festive red raspberries tucked in the bottom) ready to hand to the guests as they arrive. There’s no better way to kick off a holiday party. Trust me.
1 stick (½ cup or 115 grams) butter at room temp
4 ounces (1 cup or 100 grams) Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 ¼ (150 grams) flour
Salt and pepper
Note: If your butter isn’t room temp (which sometimes mine is not, due to lack of foresight, am I right?) Just put the cold stick in the microwave for 10-20 seconds, just to get the chill off.
With a hand mixer, cream the butter for about one minute. With the mixer on low, add Parmesan, thyme, salt, and pepper (a few shakes or grinds of each is fine). Add flour and combine until large crumbles form. I usually add a couple teaspoons of water to get it to stick together.
Release dough onto a floured board and press it into a ball. (It might be crumbly – add a little more water. If sticky, add a little flour. And definitely remove your rings.) Knead the dough into a ball and then roll into a long log. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Or, if you have a lot of foresight, ahem, you can keep it in the fridge for 4 days.)
Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius)
Once dough has chilled, cut log into rounds (a little thinner than an oreo) with a sharp knife. Place rounds on a parchment-lined cooking sheet.
Bake for 22 minutes or until lightly browned. It’s a good idea to rotate the pan once while baking. Cool and serve at room temperature.
Have a Terrific Thyme cooking and eating these goodies!