Spicy Cheddar Thumbprints

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Author Notes: I make a spicy habanero jelly every summer and when making classic (sweet) thumbprint cookies one holiday season, I thought - Why Not Savory? And that's how these cocktail cookies were born. If you don't want the hot pepper taste, try apple butter for another direction. Either way, they're a perfect holiday hostess gift, especially when paired with a bottle of wine.MrsWheelbarrow

Serves 48

  • 12 ounces grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4.5 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • .5 cups toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 4 ounces hot pepper jelly, habanero jelly, or other onion jelly
  1. Cream together cheese and butter. Add flour and beat until the mixture forms a ball. Remove from mixing bowl and form dough into a disk. Chill overnight. (Or freeze for an hour.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment or Silpat sheets. Put egg white, beaten, in one bowl and pecans in another bowl.
  3. Remove dough from the refrigerator and break off 1 teaspoon sized pieces and form into little balls. Chill for two hours.
  4. Dip the cookie ball first into the egg white and then into the pecans and then place them about 1" apart on the baking sheet.
  5. Slide the baking sheets into the oven for five minutes, remove them from the oven and poke a little indentation into each cookie with the end of a wooden spoon or a small dowel. Put a tiny spoonful of the jelly in the indentation.
  6. Return the cookies back to the oven and bake until the tops are very lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  7. Cool on the sheet on a rack. These cookies will keep for three days, if they last that long. Store them in layers between wax paper. I package them in stacks in cello bags and tie with a holiday ribbon, attaching the recipe as a gift card.
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Tags: can be made ahead, decorative, entertaining, gift, savory, spicy

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over 1 year ago beejay45

So glad I came across these! I, too, am a savoury over sweet person, and these sound so much more appealing than the usual thumbprints. Thanks!

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almost 2 years ago kitchmadscientist

Absolutely fabulous! I'm not sure I want to share these!

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almost 2 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

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Thank you for the memory jolt! I haven't made them yet this year, but now I really have to...

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almost 5 years ago Phunnyfarm

Is there a way to post the habenero jelly recipe too?! That sounds great!

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almost 5 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

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I will!

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almost 5 years ago AntoniaJames

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A melon baller works really well for making the little well in thumbprint cookies too . . . . . you can then use the same baller to get exactly the right amount of jelly to fill the impression.

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almost 5 years ago meredithhimelfarb

Yum! Anything spicy with cheese is definitely a winner.

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almost 5 years ago AntoniaJames

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Decadent and gorgeous, as every holiday gift should be. Another amazing contribution by Mrs. W.

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almost 5 years ago KelseyTheNaptimeChef

These sound yummy, I love savory biscuits.

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almost 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

These sound fabulous! And as a savory over sweet girl, this is right up my alley.

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almost 5 years ago eatboutique

I love this. Thank you!

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almost 5 years ago AntoniaJames

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Brilliant!! As usual, Mrs. W . . . . ;o)