aged gouda cheez-its; cozy does fancy

so it turns out that pretty much all i want to write about is my little brother. you know how writers speak of "finding their subject"? i guess he is mine. he came to visit this past weekend and set my heart ablaze anew. the man can wax equally poetic about darren aronofsky and the higgs boson, all while eating a hot pocket yet making a massaged kale salad. it's hard to comprehend the awesomeness.

one level up from southern cheese straws. (and my mama makes incredible southern buttery cheese straws.)

one level up from southern cheese straws. (and my mama makes incredible southern buttery cheese straws.)

he also is the living version of this recipe; he's all about fancy mixed with cozy. he will either be rocking a skinny tie and polished leather shoes, or an enormous JNCO hoodie left by our older brother that goes down to his knees with some fuzzy skull-printed pajama pants my mom sewed. high and low, sharp and soft. so when he came to stay, i knew these aged gouda cheez-its were the perfect thing to make.

basically, butter, cheese, and flour. can't go wrong.

basically, butter, cheese, and flour. can't go wrong.

these cheez-its are in-freaking-credible. we woke up early and made them around eight am, and immediately set to work popping them in our mouths. when we feared we would eat them all before nine, we forced ourselves out for a walk, returned home, and polished them off with coffee. you want this. you want all of this.

this is my incredibly stylish and comfortable way of rolling out dough. (also, our entire house is packed for our move.)

this is my incredibly stylish and comfortable way of rolling out dough. (also, our entire house is packed for our move.)

me cutting dough in all my pre-coffee, pre-shower, and pre-bra glory. (i stay pre-bra.)

me cutting dough in all my pre-coffee, pre-shower, and pre-bra glory. (i stay pre-bra.)

this is my attempt at an artsy up close snap

this is my attempt at an artsy up close snap

i saw this recipe on the delightful molly yeh's page a while ago and have been wanting to make it. she is such a charmer. i don't know her, but huge crush from afar. you go, lil lady.

(the only thing i swapped was some homemade ketchup from last season that had a little heat to it for the hot sauce, simply because i had it, and am cheap.)

you're going to want to make nine batches of these to start. you can always make more later.