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Southern Cheese Crackers

The southern cheese cookies/crackers/or biscuits, whichever you choose to call them are much more than just a delicious snack. These also come along with a fun memory and a new tradition at our house. My mother-in-law taught me how to make these southern cheese crackers after her sweet friend taught her how to make them. I love pass along recipes. A little story about the person or recipe can make anything better, and I cannot wait to one day meet Miss Mary because she sounds like an absolute doll.

My Mother-in-Law is a true southern lady. She totally has the accent and says loads of crazy words like,

buggy instead of shopping cart, pocketbook instead of purse,


This is what Miss Nancy, my MIL says about the cheese biscuits, “This recipe was given to Mary Greene of Columbia and Beaufort, South Carolina by her Aunt Mimi. Miss Mimi made these as treats for her friends and family, who all looked forward to enjoying them at every get together. Since her passing Miss Mary follows her sweet Aunt’s tradition.”

I seriously do love traditions, and I can totally hear the southern drawl of her voice as she tells me about the southern foods.


So, if you’re on board with the ol’ Southern Thanksgiving, (gosh, even if you aren’t you should probably make these) make these crisp, little nuggets of goodness to munch on while you’re waiting for that glorious turkey to cook.

Are Rice Krispies Gluten Free?

Although Rice Krispies are made from rice, they are NOT gluten free.

Because of the malt flavoring used in the recipe, the cereal itself is not gluten-free.


Is Cheese A Good Source of Protein?

Cheese is a good source of protein.

A 1 oz. slice of cheese contains 7 grams of protein.

Southern Cheese Crackers

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Cheese crackers

Southern Cheese Crackers

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24
The southern cheese cookies/crackers/or biscuits, whichever you choose to call them are much more than just a delicious snack.


Miss Mimi adapted from Land O' Lakes

  • 1 Cup Margarine 2 sticks Land O' Lakes, room temperature
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese Kraft Extra Sharp, grated, room temperature
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Cups Rice Krispies


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Let Cheese and margarine come to room temperature.
  • Place the grated cheese in a food processor and cream until it forms a ball. You can cream by hand, but it's going to take longer.
  • In a standing mixer add the margarine and turn on the mixer.
  • Cream the margarine until smooth and then add the cheese by breaking off bit by bit until you have used all of the cheese. The mixture should now be smooth and resemble frosting.
  • Sift the flour into the mixing bowl. Using a fine mesh strainer, add the Rice Krispies cereal and shake to remove any small pieces of the cereal.
  • Add the cereal to the mixing bowl, and stir to combine.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets, or use a pastry bag to pipe little quarter sized dollops.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Here in Utah it only took 12-15 minutes.
  • Spread out on paper towel to absorb any excess grease and enjoy!


Store left overs in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Southern Cheese Crackers
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 160mg7%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 591IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • Since one serving has 3,611 calories I can see why you would only need to eat 1 LOL. Yikes!! How many is in a batch? I’m southern myself so an estimate will do lol.

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    • haha, looks like it’s pulling the calories for the whole batch, I better fix that!

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  • Does this Aunt Mimi happen to have a recipe called “frosted jello salad” that has walnuts and cheddar cheese on top. I’ve been looking for Aunt Mimi’s Frosted Jello Salad recipe for years. I have no idea who Aunt Mimi its. I know it’s a long shot……

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  • I am having trouble adding recipes to my ZipList Recipe Clipper list.
    It’s easy when the recipe asks if you would like to save it …
    not so easy when it doesn’t …
    anyone tell me exactly how to add recipes to my ZipList ???

    message me on FB or email me at [email protected] … PLEASE and thank you !

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    • Some of the recipes are still being added to ziplist. That may be the problem.

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  • those look amazing! what’s the texture like?

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  • I'm making these this weekend!! They look so good Carrian! 🙂

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  • Oh yes – I love these types of biscuits! Perfect for a cup of soup side!

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  • The look great and I'm imagining those Rice Krispies add a great crunch. Mmm good!

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  • Oh, I can smell them already!

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  • Cheese Cookies? Yes they sound Southern and I had never heard of them… yum! 😉

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  • I love passed-along recipes! So passing these on to my mouth.

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  • Miss Mimi, I don't know you, but I love you. And your biscuits look delish!

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  • I love this post! Recipes with family stories always get me 🙂 These biscuits sound delicious! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  • Now this looks like a fantastic tradition! Your MIL sounds like a true southern belle.

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  • Such a fun recipe.

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  • Great variation on a classic Southern cheese straw. Love the addition of Rice Krispies.

  • I'm totally intrigued by these! Rice krispies are officially on my shopping list (I ALWAYS have cheese and butter on hand)!

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  • I'm imagining how good they would taste!

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  • Yum! I bet you can't just eat one of these cheesy delights. I'd probably have them all gone in the blink of an eye.

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  • Sooo your MIL sounds adorable. And these “biscuits” look scrumptious! So cute!

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  • Who would have thought to use rice cereal? Love these and just might have to make them for T-day!

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