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These cheesy little bites are quick and easy to make and are always a hit at potlucks and parties.

2 cups shredded aged cheddar cheese

½ cup butter, softened

1 tsp paprika

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (chilli pepper)

1 cup flour

2/3 cup hot pepper jelly

Using medium speed of an electric mixer beat together cheese, butter, paprika and cayenne pepper until blended. Stir in flour just until mixture forms a dough. Shape mixture into 24 small balls. Press each ball into a mini-muffin cup to form a tart shell. Spoon 1 teaspoon of jelly into centre of each tart shell. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Baked tarts may be frozen for up to 1 month. Yield: 24 tarts.