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Need a flavorful conversation piece for your next gathering? Surprise your guest with delicious Sausage Cookies! Made from a unique combo of Rice Krispies® and cheddar cheese with a hint of heat with cayenne pepper! Baked to a golden brown and served with a grin, these treats will be the hit long into the night.

Sausage & Cheddar Cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream softened butter and cheddar cheese together using a stand mixer.
  3. Sift together flour and cayenne pepper. Add by half cups to butter-cheese mixture, scraping down sides of mixer as needed until all flour is added. Batter will be stiff. Scrape into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add cooked sausage and Rice Krispies cereal to mixing bowl and blend into butter-cheese-flour mixture. Use hands to make sure ingredients were well incorporated.
  5. Form into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on non-greased rimmed baking sheet. Using a fork dipped in water, flatten each ball.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until sausage cookies are puffy and golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Store in containers with tight-fitting lids.


Great appetizers for a holiday gathering or as a side for brunch.
Adjust cayenne to your personal taste. If you like a hot spicy cookie, add the full 1/2 teaspoon.
This is a dough that can be made ahead of time, rolled into balls, frozen, and thawed when ready to bake or chilled for a few days before baking off.
A tin of these cookies make a great Hostess/Host gift.

To Serve

Cool on wire racks. Store in containers with tight-fitting lid until ready to serve.
A party
30 min
prep time
15 min
cook time


½ lb Swaggerty’s Farm All Natural Sausage, browned & drained
1 stick butter softened
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ to ½ tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
1 cup rice-crisp cereal (e.g. Kellogg's® RICE KRISPIES®) 
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Fresh fruit, dipping sauces, vegetables
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