Crispy cheese biscuits
I saw a recipe for these and adapted it to suit fussy eaters.
This would be perfect for the lunchbox but also for breakfast. Cookies for breakfast, that’s a win 😊
– It’s really dry and crunchy – usually great textures for picky eaters
– It’s got a lot of flavour but they are ones that are probably familiar
– It’s quick and simple to make – and is flexible
– It’s an easy calorie boost
Like shortbread it’s very ‘short’ so although not ‘dry’ in a negative sense, it is more like a cracker than a biscuit and traditionally served with a sauce or salsa.
I tried it with ketchup and it rocked. I also tested with Vegemite, a smidge strange but not unpleasant, and sour cream, which wasn’t bad.
Alternatively it would be perfect with a glass of the favourite beverage, water, milk or juice.
Crispy cheese biscuits – Recipe
1/2 cup grated cheese (I used tasty for flavour but use whatever works for you)
¼ cup butter softened
¼ tsp garlic powder (optional) adds depth of flavour but can’t taste individually
½ tsp onion powder – same as garlic powder, can be omitted but adds to the flavour
½ cup flour (I used wholemeal)
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup of brown rice flakes – can use any rice cereal or probably even cornflakes
1/8 cup bacon – crisped and chopped finely (optional, but bacon?) If omitted something else to add flavour woud be ideal. Salami, smoked paprika, olives, Parmesan crumbs.
Heat oven to 175˚
Fry the bacon until crispy
Put the first 5 ingredients into the food processor and whiz together. Will form a crumb-type mixture.
Stir in the flour and rice cereal. It will be dry and seem to need more moisture.
Chop the bacon finely and stir in (I also added the dripping from the pan).
Form into cookie sized balls. Squeeze the mixture together and it should come together.
Press onto a silicon or baking paper sheet on a baking tray.
Bake for approx 15 minutes until starting to brown.
Cool on a wire rack.
Judith, MA Cantab (Cambridge University), Post Grad Dip Psychology (Massey University), is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
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