I've tried a number of different substitions for the butter and sharp cheddar cheese that my family used in their traditional recipe for these, but none have worked so well as this version. The only thing you'll regret in making these is that it never seems like you can make enough. I am speaking from experience, however, when I warn you to not pig out on them. They may look like chips or crackers but they are infinitely more rich.
1/2 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread (1 stick)
1 full package of Vegan Gourmet Cheddar-Style
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp (or more) cayenne pepper or chili powder
Freeze your Vegan Gourmet until solid, then grate. Add to a bowl with the Earth Balance and beat on low until well combined. Add the flour, salt and pepper and stir until completely mixed. Divide the dough half and form each half into a log about the diameter of a silver dollar. Wrap in waxed paper or parchment paper and freeze solid (6 hours or overnight). Preheat your oven to 325 F. Unwrap one log at a time and slice off coins of the dough about the thickness of a silver dollar. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 15 minutes. Immediately place on cooling racks. When cool, store in an airtight container for up to a week (if they last that long).
These go particularly well with a glass o' bubbly on New Year's Eve.