Cheddar & Prosciutto Shortbread Cookies

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Author Notes: Buttery and rich, melt in your mouth, one-bite savory shortbread cookies that make the best snacking anyplace, anytime!

I always intended to make savory shortbread and finally a Food52 contest inspired me; this is a basic shortbread recipe with two favorite ingredients of mine, sharp cheddar and prosciutto. Highly addicting, bet you can’t eat just one!
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Makes about 20, ¼-inch cookies from each dough log

  • 8 oz (2 sticks) unsalted butter – room temperature
  • 5 oz sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded finely (KerryGold Vintage, Irish cheddar aged 2 years preferred)
  • 15-20 grinds fresh rainbow peppercorn (or whatever you have on hand) – to your taste
  • 4 oz prosciutto small diced – I buy the pre-packaged diced prosciutto = Abraham Diced Prosciutto
  • 1-1/4 cup all purpose flour
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat, add the prosciutto and cook until crispy. Drain on paper towels let, cool completely.
  2. Grate the white cheddar finely, set aside until needed - micro-plane works nicely for this.
  3. Beat the butter on medium high until it's fluffy.
  4. Add the cheddar and peppercorn - continue beating until combined the mixture will look lumpy.
  5. Begin to add the flour on low speed.
  6. When the mixture has a crumb appearance, stir in the prosciutto with a spatula. Work the dough, on a lightly floured surface, roll into a squared log.
  7. For one bite cookies, cut the log into four and shape into 7-inch long smaller logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  8. Preheat the oven to 325°.
  9. Slice 1/4 inch cookies from a log and place them 1 inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes or until the edges just begin to turn golden.
  10. Let the cookies rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a rack and let them cool completely. Store these cookies up to a week in an airtight container.
  11. Note: The dough keeps for two days in the fridge and for a couple months in the freezer (thaw it in the fridge before using).
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about 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I could eat a whole bag of these, savory shortbread what a great idea

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Seriously addictive!

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over 1 year ago fhp

Hello. Wonderful goodies. I made them exactly as you explained and they were delicious. Knowing that there were going to be vegetarians in the crowd I made s batch with pine nuts and they were also very good. Thank You.

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Hi fhp! I'm thrilled you tried and liked this recipe; impressed with your pine nut idea!

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over 1 year ago Kukla

I still love your Shortbreads Linda, and make them time to time in many different variations!!!

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Sounds great, Kukla! I still have your photo of these on my website :)

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almost 3 years ago Kukla

OOPS! The email does not have the attach button to browse the photo. What a petty!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

I'll message you my email and you can send it that way.

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almost 3 years ago Kukla

Dear lapadia! I baked today your shortbread cookies and they are all that you promise in the notes. I went yesterday to Trader Joe’s and bought a delicious Dubliner from Ireland 2-yers egged cheddar-stile cheese but unfortunately they didn’t have the chopped Prosciutto (being lazy to chop), so I got 4 oz chopped Pancetta. I also couldn’t find the Rainbow peppercorns and added a pinch of cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon of dried dill. While I was shopping my butter softened and I made the dough in the evening, chilled it overnight and baked them in the morning. I even took a photo for you to see. Thanks’ again and Happy Holidays!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Oh, I am so happy you tried these, Kukla, it makes my day even brighter! Fabulous substitutions, too, I thought about pancetta myself, will try next time :) Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

I've been wanting to make savory shortbread for a long time -- and your version looks and sounds wonderful! I'd kill for an entire day to spend in the kitchen making these and other holiday treats! : )

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, EmilyC! I hope you get to find time to "play" in the kitchen, soon :) One good thing about shortbread is that you can make way ahead, form the logs and they can be placed in the freezer until needed...let thaw in the fridg, of course :) PS - I can't see everything I just wrote because it is running behind the musical, commercial ad to the right of this page! Yikes...

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almost 3 years ago drbabs

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bacon and cheddar...yum!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Yum, Yum indeed, thanks for stopping by drbabs!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

What a tasty little bite! I love these.

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, gingerroot, hope you will get to try them! Happy Holidays :)

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almost 3 years ago Kukla

I saved the recipe but would love to taste a few of your cuties right now, lapadia!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

LOL, thanks Kukla! Too bad we can't pick a goodie from our computer screen, there are a few recipes I'd like to be able to taste, now :)

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

YUMMY! Can't go wrong with shortbread, cheese, and pig!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks and LOL, HLA, you have that right!

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almost 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

winner, winner chicken dinner! I bought some square cookie cutters and would love to try them out in that shape. Thinking x-mas eve apps - yum!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, SLC! Have fun! But actually I just roll these into a log and cut :)

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

OOPS! A MISSING INGREDIENT. Should read:
4 oz prosciutto small diced – I buy the pre-packaged diced prosciutto

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Fixed now :)

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Fixed now...missing edit button under my photo worked Yay!!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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sounds awesome lapadia! love savory shortbread.

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, mrslarkin, I need to go check out your ricotta cream! yum

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

This sounds wonderful - the prosciutto is not listed in the ingredients.

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks Bevi. Should say:
4 oz prosciutto small diced – I buy the pre-packaged diced prosciutto
There is NO edit button to correct it.

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

I have my ingredients - will make these today and bake off on Sunday for a big party! I can't wait!