It’s been a slow start over here after an amazing holiday with the family. Time to get back to it, though and I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year!
While we aren’t quite dealing with any freezing temps here in Florida the weather did finally take a turn and is now a bit cooler. Since it was 86* on Christmas Day, mid 50s feels a bit chilly so it’s time for some hot soup!
These Savory Cheddar Shortbread Cookies pair perfectly with my favorite tomato basil bisque (recipe coming soon).
Did you know that today is National Shortbread Day in Scotland?
Edinburgh, Scotland is one of our favorite places to visit and I thought it would be fun to whip up a little recipe in honor of their shortbread shenanigans. Did I mention I like cheese too??
A match made in heaven, this one.
These savory little cookies – which anyone in Great Britain would refer to as “biscuits” – are so easy to make and they are great little accessories to soup or to an appetizer platter filled with assorted meats and olives.
Once you have your dough processed I always recommend chilling it for at least 30 minutes or longer if possible. If you are short on time, you can stick the dough in the freezer for 10 minutes or so and be on your merry way.
Shortbread is thus called due to its crumbly texture which comes from its high fat content, provided by the shortening or butter. I used butter in these but shortening would work just fine.
This recipe makes 30 – 40 cookies using only one stick of butter so if you are pairing 2-3 of these with a cup of soup, your meal is still well within the healthy realms of “good fats” so don’t worry about that part.
- 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter, chilled & cubed
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- Keep the cubed butter chilled until ready to mix.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse on HIGH for about 15 - 30 seconds.
- As soon as the mixture resembles a coarse consistency, like large peas, STOP!
- Turn the coarse dough onto a VERY lightly floured board or counter top.
- Work the dough just enough to come together then split in half.
- Roll each half of the dough into a one inch log, creating two logs.
- Wrap each dough log tightly in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to two days.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400°.
- Work with one log at a time (keeping the other chilled).
- Pinch off tablespoon sized pieces of the dough and roll them into 1 inch balls with your hands.
- Put the balls on the prepared baking sheet(s), leaving 2 inches between them.
- Press down on each ball with your fingers to flatten it to ¾ inch thick.
- Bake at 400° for 10 - 12 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown and slightly puffed.
- Once 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.
- Alternately, wrap tightly and freeze for up to one month.
- I made the dough and chilled for 30 minutes before rolling into balls and baking. It was beautiful to work with - these savory cookies are fantastic!
Since many of you might have some game day festivities coming up as well, these are definitely a perfect thing to bring or add to that platter I mentioned earlier. They are simply delicious and have just a wee little kick as well. Feel free to hold off on the cayenne pepper if you’d like things a bit milder.
Hope you enjoy the recipe and a big “cheers to the new year” to all of you. Do you have any fun shortbread recipes or any Scotland stories to tell? I’d love to hear all about it!
Claire is a wife and busy working Mom to three boys and A Little CLAIREification is a lifestyle blog committed to bringing readers “Bright Ideas On A Budget” – from recipes, crafts and DIY projects to time management tips, meal planning and inspiration.
A self proclaimed CHEESE addict and lover of Sharpie markers in every color known to man, Claire also likes to throw a little fun and laughter in the mix as well.