I’m sure by now you are thinking that I’ve gone ’round the bend and while yes, yes I have gone ’round the bend, the title of this recipe is correct. Savoury shortbread is a thing.
While I have largely not really noticed it before, when I saw Anna Olson at Christmas in November, she had a bacon cheddar shortbread as one of her recipes. I was immediately intrigued by the possibility of a cheesy savoury shortbread.
I wanted to make a shortbread that didn’t have any meat in it to make it a truly friendly holiday party food. I know at least three of my friends who avoid bacon and while you may consider this a personality fault, I love them anyway. This is a perfectly lovely savoury, buttery, cheesy cookie/cracker. It borders on a cracker but it just that bit too dense to be truly called a cracker. I would top it with anything that you top your crackers with, a cream cheese, any cracker spread or even a nice cheese that has some bite to it.
So, who’s in for savory shortbread? The bacon cheese one is completely addictive if you aren’t looking for a vegetarian version and honestly, this recipe lends itself to so many reincarnations. Try mixing and matching flavors to see what you love the most.
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- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1-2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup cold salted butter cut into pieces
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
- Using a food processor, mix the the flour, sugar, salt and black pepper for a few seconds to mix. Add the butter and pulse until blended, then add the Cheddar cheese and Parmesan, and pulse until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into one log, wrap in plastic and chill until firm, at least an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice the dough disks about ¼-inch thick and place on baking sheets, 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the shortbread are lightly browned on the bottom. Cool the cookies on the tray before removing.