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Blue Cheese–Walnut Wafers
Photographer Jean Allsopp

Blue Cheese–Walnut Wafers

Slip away in to a tranquil state while sitting on the back deck watching the sunset, sipping a glass of wine, and nibbling on these crispy pleasures. This recipe yields four dozen and can be made days ahead, giving you the freedom to stay outside―and out of the kitchen.

1 (4-ounce) package blue cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

1. Process first 3 ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. (Mixture will be sticky.) Spoon mixture into a bowl; stir in walnuts. Cover and chill 5 minutes.

2. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into an 8-inch log. Wrap in heavy-duty plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.

3. Slice dough into ¼-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets.

4. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 4 dozen.

Hosting Help: Make items ahead for effortless entertaining. These wafers will keep in airtight container until you’re ready to serve them.

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