Parmesan-Pepper Shortbread Bites

Parmesan-Pepper Shortbread Bites: A savory version of a shortbread cookie made with tangy parmesan cheese and black pepper. Nice as an appetizer, served alongside other cheeses.

These savory shortbread cookies are quick and easy to prepare. Made with parmesan cheese and spiced with black pepper, their rich, nutty flavor makes a nice addition to a first-course cheese plate.

Parmesan-Pepper Shortbread Bites

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 egg yolks

Place the flour in a bowl and cut the butter in with a pastry blender or fork. Add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and combine well. Add the egg yolks and work into a soft dough.

Divide the dough into 2 pieces and form each into a log about 7-inches long. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 30 to 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment. Cut each log into thin slices (about 3/16-inch) and arrange on the baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light golden brown. Watch carefully. Cool for 10 minutes on wire racks.

Makes about 3 dozen (recipe can be cut in half)

Recipe Notes:
Store in an airtight container at room temperature, 3 to 5 days.

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