Homemade Cheddar Cheese Coins

Cheddar cheese coins are a homemade Southern tradition! This appetizer snack is similar to classic cheese straws but even easier to make. Freshly grated cheese and chopped pecans are a marriage made in heaven. Make them ahead and serve for showers and parties.

savory cheese coins crackers piled in small white bowl.

If you’re from the South you’re probably familiar with traditional cheese straws. Growing up, I can remember them making an appearance at almost every party or event we attended. These are similar to that but have even more flavor with the addition of chopped pecans and spicy pepper jack cheese.

Homemade slice and bake cheese coins are light and savory making them a terrific addition to an appetizer table.

  • Include these at a wine and cheese party.
  • I love to make them around the holidays for our Christmas cocktail party.
  • We often make them for bridal or baby showers.
  • They’re also a great palate cleanser between bites at a chocolate tasting party.

Why You’ll Love Them

  • The recipe is super simple and easy!
  • They’re a make-ahead recipe and served at room temperature.
  • The dough can be made and frozen for easy last-minute entertaining.
close up of slice and bake homemade cheese coins in small white bowl.

PARTY TIP: These make excellent hostess gifts or party favors. Make extra crackers to wrap up and give to guests. 

Key Ingredients

  • Cheddar Cheese. Use a block and shred it yourself. It’s the base of the flavor.
  • Pepper Jack Cheese. A little pepper jack cheese adds depth and spice to the mix. Use a block and shred it yourself. If you don’t want the spice you can use more cheddar, white cheddar, or Monterey jack.
  • Chopped Pecans. You can buy small packs of pecan chips in the baking aisle. They’re the perfect size for these crackers.
  • All-purpose Flour. You should have all-purpose flour as a pantry staple.
  • Butter. Use sweet cream unsalted butter and let is come to room temperature so it integrated easily.

How to Make It

  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Using clean hands is the best tool for this.
  2. Form the dough into a log and wrap tightly with saran wrap or wax paper, and chill to firm.
  3. Slice and bake as directed in recipe card below.

More Cheese Appetizers

For more cheesy goodness check out these 2-ingredient cheese crisps or these quick & easy cheese appetizers

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savory cheese coins crackers piled in small white bowl.

Cheddar Cheese Coins Recipe

Yield: about 8 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 22 minutes

Cheddar cheese coins have the texture of a savory shortbread and are totally addictive! These light crackers are filled with two kinds of cheese, and chopped pecans. They go great with wine too!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (4 oz) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded; do not use pre-shredded
  • 1 cup (4 oz) pepper jack cheese, shredded; do not use pre-shredded
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper


  1. Combine butter and cheese until well mixed.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients until a moist, thick dough is formed.
  3. Shape dough into several 6-8 inch logs, and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or over night.
  4. To bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice cheese logs into 1/4 inch rounds and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until cooked through.


Freeze dough logs for future occasions. Let stand at room temperature or thaw in refrigerator until you are able to slice through the logs, and bake as directed.

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