Parmesan Thyme Crackers

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 ounces (about 1 cup) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter for 1 minute. with the mixer on low speed, add the Parmesan, thyme, salt and pepper and combine. With the mixer still on low, add the flour and combine until the mixture is in large crumbles, about 1 minute. If the dough is too dry, add 1 teaspoon water.

Dump the dough onto a floured board, press it into a ball and roll into a 9-inch log. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 days.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the log into 3/8-inch rounds with a sharp knife and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 22 minutes, until very lightly browned. Rotate the pan once during baking. Cool and serve at room temperaure (if they are too warm they taste kind of gummy - they crisp up and have the texture of shorbread once they are cool).


Makes 24

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