Shortbreads don’t have to be sweet. This recipe is for a savory Cheese Shortbread Cracker. Bite into one and you will recognize that buttery crisp shortbread texture, but instead of sweetness, you will get a burst of cheese flavor with just a hint of heat from cayenne and black pepper. Serve them warm from the oven or at room temperature. They make the perfect Hors D’oeuvres but are also very nice alongside a salad or a bowl of soup.
It is always good to have recipes that not only taste good but are easy to make. You will be surprised at how quick these Cheese Crackers are to prepare. You can even make the batter ahead of time and then bake them off as needed.
As always, when making shortbreads use good quality ingredients. For the butter, I have used unsalted butter, but salted butter can also be used. For the cheese, I’ve used an extra sharp white cheddar cheese, and you want it finely grated. You can use other cheeses, like Gruyere, Edam, or Gouda. I also like a little heat, so I’ve added both cayenne pepper and black pepper. You can adjust the amounts to suit your taste. Once the batter is made, it is rolled into individual balls and each ball is then rolled in sesame seeds (this is optional). Then flatten each ball slightly and bake. If you prefer, you can make these Crackers ‘slice and bake’ by forming the batter into a log, chilling it, and then you can simply cut the log into 1/4 inch (.5 cm) slices and bake.
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