I came across this recipe from Mark Bittman while searching my files for a little nibble to keep on-hand for visitors over the Thanksgiving holiday. These are super easy to make and addictively tasty….like Cheez-its on steroids.
They are best warm from the oven, so if you pop them in the fridge to keep them fresh for a few days, just make sure to give them a couple minutes of warm-up time in a low oven before serving. These were equally good washed down with a frosty IPA and a chilled flute of champagne….so versatile!
I'm planning on making a double batch to freeze so that I can always have something tasty within easy reach over the holiday season.
Cheers – Steve
Spicy Cheddar Shortbread Cookies
notes: Makes 30 to 40 cookiesyield:
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, plus more for greasing the pan
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- Heat the oven to 400°F. Cut the stick of butter into chunks. Grease a baking sheet with more butter. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse several times; as soon as the mixture resembles coarse meal, stop. Turn the dough onto a sheet of plastic, wrap it, and press it gently into a ball. Refrigerate the dough for at least 20 minutes or up to several hours.
- Pinch off heaping tablespoon sized pieces of the dough and roll them into 1 inch balls with your hands. Put the balls on the prepared pan, leaving 2 inches between them. Press down on each ball with your fingers to flatten it to ¾ inch thick. If there is dough left over when the sheet is filled, wait and cook a second batch.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the shortbreads are puffed and golden brown. When they're cool enough to handle, transfer them to a wire rack and bake the remaining dough. Serve right away or store covered at room temperature for up to 1 day.