Pepper Jelly Cheese Wafers

I love to receive packages in the mail, especially this time of years when delivery trucks are up and down the streets all day long.  When I hear one stop in front of my house I’m at the front window in a flash looking for that big brown truck.  I was delighted a few days ago when I received this gift from Hillary Danner and Maria Newman, creators of JENKIN’S JELLIES
HELL FIRE PEPPER JELLY. They also sent me their cookbook, SWEET HEAT, so I could try a few of their favorite recipes that feature their famous pepper jelly.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pepper Jelly Cheese Crackers
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • Pinch ground pepper
  • ½ cup cold butter, cut up
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons Hell Fire Pepper Jelly (adjust to taste)
  1. Pulse all ingredients in food processor until mixture resembles peas. Gather dough into a ball and divide in half. Shape each half into a 10" log. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment.
  3. Slice each log into ¼-inch slices and bake 8-10 minutes.
  4. Cool on wire rack.
Crackers can be reheated in a 350 degree oven for a minute or two. For an extra whollop serve with extra pepper jelly.

Pepper jelly over cream cheese, served with crackers is, a favorite on our holiday buffet table.   I selected SWEET HEAT’S recipe for cheese wafers because they sounded like the perfect cracker to serve with the jelly and cream cheese and they had plenty of flavor to serve on their own.  You really taste the complex flavors of the pepper jelly in this cracker and you can add more or less to suit your own taste.   There are lots of tempting recipes in SWEET HEAT like Peanut Butter & Hell Fire Cookies, Tilapia with Panko Crust and Spirited Saffron Sauce and Cole Slaw for the Soul.

Hillary and Maria have generously provided a gift set of their HELL FIRE PEPPER JELLY AND and SWEET HEAT COOKBOOK  for a giveaway and all you have to do to enter is visit and “like” JENKIN’S JELLIES  on Facebook and leave a comment on this post.  So easy.

Thanks, ladies, for this opportunity to try your delicious pepper jelly.  I can understand why it has so many rave reviews.
“This is my new condiment of choice…One Warning…it is highly addictive” – Mario Batali, Chef, Restaurateur. 

Pepper Jelly Cheese Crackers



  1. says

    My sister lived in Charleston for years, and everyone used to serve hot pepper jelly and cream cheese at cocktail hour. They used Bremer Wafers which always tend to break. It’s great to have this recipe for those crackers. Thank you SO much for sharing it. So glad you won the giveaway from them and introduced us to this product and the cookbook. :-)



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  2. says

    Just in time for the holiday entertaining season and I have some homemade pepper jelly that would be perfect here. That cookbook would be perfect for learning other ways to use my supply.

  3. says

    Love pepper jelly – it’s a Texas thing for sure. Cheese crackers are a regular on our holiday table – love the idea of having the jelly on the side! Liked them on FB too!

  4. brenda s 'okie in colorado' says

    The pepper jelly and crackers sound so good right now. One of my holiday favorites. I use pepper jelly for so many things. One of my favorites is spreading on grilled pork or chicken, halfway through grilling (after the turn). Delicious! Definitely pinning this product.

  5. Elle says

    Oh my gosh what a good looking recipe! I think I’ll try these for the Christmas party – plenty of pepper jelly fans there.

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