Bleu Cheese Cookies

1/2 cup cream cheese, room temp
1 cup butter, at room temperature
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 ½ cups crumbled blue cheese
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups crisp rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer on medium speed, cream together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add cayenne, blue cheese, flour, rice cereal, and bacon (if using) and beat on medium-low speed until well blended. The dough will be stiff.

2. Roll 1 tablespoon portions into balls and place slightly apart on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork.

3. Bake until cookies are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Yield: Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Camaraderie Cellars ~~ from Sunset Magazine 2/06 ~~ March 2008

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