Food You Can Eat: Savory Cheesy Pepper Jelly Appetizer Cookies

My son and his small family (our pandemic bubble) called to say they were dropping over and I wanted to make a fast treat to serve them. This savory cookie from All Recipes, with a few tweaks, worked like a champ – even his partner’s little boy liked them. I’d packaged the rest of the batch to send home with them but received a text full of crying face emojis that evening – it was snack time, and they’d forgotten the rest of the cookies. I blame that on the accompanying margarita slushies…

You will need:

  • 2 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 tablespoons chilled, chopped butter
  • ½ cup hot red pepper jelly

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Blend the cheese, flour, cayenne, and butter into a ball; wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Make 1 and 1/2 inch balls (you will need to squish them rather than roll them to keep them in shape) and place them an inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 5-6 minutes, depending on your oven.

Remove them from the oven and press your thumb onto the top of each savory cookie, making a depression to fill with the hot pepper jelly. Scoop a teaspoon of red pepper jelly into each indentation and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 5 minutes more.

Pop them back in the oven

The result? Savory appetizer cookies yummy enough to cry over!

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  1. Additional note: I froze what was leftover, and reheated in a low oven the next time they came over. Worked well. Also remembered to send along those leftovers.

  2. This is genius and I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like these. Am filing this away for when we allow people to darken our doorstep again, whenever that is and whatever form that takes.  
    Tell me, have you ever had these before you found the recipe? Maybe these are a regional thing? I always forget about All Recipes. I should spend more time over there and less time, for example, obsessing over Every Single Detail about Prince Philip’s funeral.

    • @MatthwCrawley, I have a recipe for a sharp cheddar cracker that is similar. Thinner, more cheese and less flour, bake to soft crisp. But these were new to me. Were I to make them again I would look for a spicier pepper jelly.

      I liked Prince Philip’s custom self-designed hearse. I still feel quite sad for the queen, 73 years is a long time married.

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