AZTEC CHEDDAR COOKIES - SERIOUSLY
Award-Winning Flat Creek Lodge Cheese Makes a New Kind of Treat  

Swainsboro, Georgia (April 14, 2009) – It’s been quite a year for Flat Creek Lodge’s Aztec Cheddar cheese. Fresh from pulling in the Grand Award at the recent Flavor of Georgia food products contest, the spicy cheese with a hit of cocoa is now making its way into some out-of-the-ordinary cookies. Made with guajilo peppers and cocoa, the marbled cheddar harkens back to the spicy way chocolate was initially enjoyed by Mesoamericans. The Aztec Cheddar Cookies will knock your socks off!

* The dried guajilo peppers for the recipe can be found in many specialty food shops. These are the peppers that flavor traditional enchilada sauce.

Aztec Cheddar Cookies
1 ¼ sticks of butter
1 ½ c. shredded Aztec Cheddar
1 c. brown sugar
½ c. granulated sugar
1 egg
½ t. salt
½ t. baking soda
2 ¼ c. all purpose flour
4 large dried guajilo chili peppers
1 ½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (at least 60 percent cocoa)
½ c. shredded Aztec Cheddar

Deseed and de-stem chilies and cover with warm water.
Cream butter, 1 ½ c. of cheese and sugars.
Add egg.
Add salt and baking soda.
Add flour until just mixed.
Remove chilies from water, julienne chilies into 1/8 to ¼ in. strips.
Stir in chilies, remaining 1/2 c. of cheese and chocolate chips.
Bake at 325 for 15 to 17 minutes.

Aztec Cheddar and the other amazing Flat Creek Lodge cheeses can be found at a variety of retails spots (like Whole Foods and Savor in Atlanta and Sawecki’s in Decatur) and restaurants throughout Georgia and the Southeast. This month, Destiny Produce - the only Certified Organic distributor in Georgia – began distribution of Flat Creek’s line of artisanal cheeses. The cheeses are also available online anytime at www.flatcreeklodge.com.

Located just three hours southeast of Atlanta, Flat Creek Lodge welcomes the discerning sportsman and sportswoman to an unforgettable hunting and fishing adventure. Amid a pristine and private woodland preserve, guests can stay in the main Lodge or in a private Cottage.  Visitors can enjoy many outdoor activities, or relax in the Spa,  before experiencing the cuisine in the Flat Creek Lodge Dining Room.  Menus feature fresh, seasonal herbs, fruits, and vegetables, wild game and seafood from the Golden Isles of Georgia.  The 2,000-acre Flat Creek Lodge is located at 367 Bishop Chapel Church Road, Swainsboro, Georgia 30401. The Lodge can be reached at 478.237.FISH or 877.352.8273.  It can also be visited online at www.flatcreeklodge.com.

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