I've been making a similar recipe for years. The rice cereal is Rice Crispies, not baby cereal. It gives them a little extra crunch, but don't add them until you are ready to cook them or they will get soggy. I let the butter, flour and cheese "hang out" to soften, add some salt and cayenne pepper and just before making them into balls I add the Rice Crispies. Roll into balls and smash with a fork. Much easier than having to make into logs, freezing, etc. My recipe calls for 8 oz NY EXTRA Sharp cheese, grated, 2 sticks butter or margarine or 1 of each, 2 cups flour, dash of salt, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper and 2 cups of rice crispies. The are perfect every time, quick and easy, Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Fantastic!
I wanted to try this recipe but have a question on the "rice cereal" also; is it rice cereal for babies that is being called for?
I would suggest not using anything more than a 2yr old cheddar not the "sharpest cheddar you can find". If anything cut the 2yr old back by a 1/4 cup and replace that with a 4 or 6 year cheddar. Add some dried thyme in place of some of the cracked black pepper.
The recipe calls for too much salt and pepper for my taste as well. Recipe called for 4tps pepper I used 3 and called for 4 tsp salt and I used 2.5tsp. Much better with less salt and pepper. Also it wasn't clear to me what Rice Cereal meant - at first I thought rice krispies but then decided it probably meant rice cereal for babies. Anyhow, I made a boat load as gifts for the holidays - hopefully people like 'em!