1/2 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese, at room temperature
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 envelope dry onion soup mix
pecan halves optional
Combine butter and cheese and mix well. Add rest of ingredients, except pepper and pecans. Add a few grains of cayenne pepper. Mix thoroughly. Divide into 4 pieces. Roll each into a cylinder (silver dollar size), wrap in foil and freeze. To serve, partially defrost roll, cut slices 1/4 inch thick, top with pecan halves if desired and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from pan while warm to prevent breaking.
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