Prep Time45m
Cook Time 10m
Ready Time 45m
Yield 24 appetizers

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick cooking spray

1/2 cup ricotta cheese (4 oz) , room temperature

4 ounces (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, room temperature

2 tablespoons milk

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

2 cups Pillsbury BEST All Purpose Flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Crushed Red Pepper

3/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Unsalted or Salted Butter , cut into pieces

2 cups finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

1/2 cup Fisher® Praline Pecans, chopped

8 slices packaged precooked thick-sliced bacon, microwaved according to package directions until crisp, crumbled

2 to 3 tablespoons ice water

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS

Step 1

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray large cookie sheets with no-stick cooking spray or line with cooking parchment paper. To make filling, in medium bowl, beat ricotta cheese and cream cheese with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Add milk; beat on medium speed 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Stir in lemon peel. Cover; refrigerate.

Step 2

In food processor, add flour, baking powder and red pepper. Cover; process until well blended. Add butter; cover and process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add Cheddar cheese, pecans and bacon. Cover; process with on-and-off pulses until mixture is consistency of fine crumbs. With food processor running, gradually add enough water through feed tube and process just until dough pulls away from side of bowl and forms a ball.

Step 3

Shape dough into 48 (1 1/4–inch) balls; place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Using fingers, press each ball into 2-inch round.

Step 4

Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Spread or pipe about 1 tablespoon filling on bottom of each of 24 rounds. Top with remaining rounds, bottom sides down. Store covered in refrigerator.

Bake-Off is a registered trademark of General Mills ©2012 / McCormick and the Mc logo are registered trademarks of McCormick & Company, Incorporated, used by permission. / LAND O LAKES is a registered trademark of Land O’Lakes, Inc. / Fisher® is a registered trademark of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. ©2012

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Serving Size (1 of 24 appetizers), Calories 180 (Calories from Fat 120), Total Fat 14g (Saturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat g), Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 190mg, Total Carbohydrate 9g (Dietary Fiber g, Sugars 1g), Protein 5g, Potassium mg, thiamine mg, Riboflavin mg, niacin mg, Folate mg, Vitamin B6 mg, Vitamin B12 mcg, Vitamin A mg, Vitamin C mg, Vitamin D mg, Calcium mg, Iron mg.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

* Ensure all recipe ingredients are gluten free by referencing the ingredient labels, as products may vary. If uncertain, contact the ingredient manufacturer.

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