Cheddar & Prosciutto Shortbread Cookies

By lapadia
December 8, 2011
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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!

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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