These are a classic from my childhood. I’m pretty sure it’s some recipe from the 1950s, but I have no proof of that. It just FEELS like a 1950s recipe. These are easy to make, and fun to do with your kids. I used to help my mom. If they can’t handle forming the ball around the olive, they can at least flatten the dough out in their hands and you can wrap the olive.
Doughy, crispy, with a bit of the salty olive center = SO GOOD! Of course, I’m bias, because I remember making these and watching reruns of Laurence Welk shows. (I was a strange kid. My favorite childhood shows: Perry Mason, Star Trek, Star Search, and Laurence Welk.) So, fair warning.
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- ½ cup butter, melted (1 stick)
- Sprinkle of paprika (optional)
- Green olives, drained
- Mix cheese and flour and paprika. Add butter and mix well.
- Take a tablespoon or so of the mixture and work in hand until it forms a dough; shape around an olive. Place 2” apart on greased baking sheet. Chill 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 400. Bake 15-20 minutes. Balls will brown slightly on top and at the bottom.
And the process in color photos!: