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