P is for Paprika and Roasted Cumin Cheddar Stars

Loads of stars are about to peep out of my oven, so I’ve got my list of wishes ready and waiting.

Have you wished upon a star before? What wishes do you want your stars to bring you?



160 grams all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika powder

1 teaspoon roasted and roughly crushed cumin seeds

85 grams lightly salted butter, softened

225 grams mature cheddar, finely grated

2 tablespoons ice cold water

Extra equipment:

Cookie cutters (I used stars), baking trays, soft butter for greasing the baking trays, parchment paper

Makes: 20-24, depending on the size of the cookie cutter

Stars ready to be baked

Stars ready to be baked


1. Lightly grease and paper the baking trays and keep aside.

2. Mix together the flour, salt, paprika and cumin seeds. Add the butter and mix with finger tips until combined. Add the cheddar and mix some more, taking care to combine but not knead. Add the ice cold water and combine until the dough gathers into a ball.

3. Now knead the dough lightly. Roll the dough evenly about 0.5 cm thick and shape into a disc. Chill the disc for an hour or two.

4. Use cookie cutters to cut out the stars or any other shape you choose. Place the stars on baking trays.

5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3 (160 C or 325 F).

6. Place the baking trays in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until they are golden.

7. Cool the stars on wire racks. These will turn crisp when they are cool.

8. Enjoy fresh and if you have any left, store them in airtight containers!


Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

Paprika and Cumin Cheddar Stars

Paprika and Cumin Cheddar Stars


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12 Responses to P is for Paprika and Roasted Cumin Cheddar Stars

  1. Scott Lawlor says:

    wow, these sound good. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. I wish blogs could give samples. Nice to meet and connect through the AtoZ challenge.

  3. alfenner says:

    I’ve got to start reading your posts IMMEDIATELY after meals! I’m pretty sure I can’t find cumin in seed form here – suggestions?

    • Amy, you should be able to find cumin seeds in most Indian stores, if you have any close to you. Failing that you could try any spice mixes that have cumin in them, a fajita mix for example.
      Hope you like it. 🙂

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