Savory Cheddar and Pepper Jelly Cookies

by Michelle on March 24, 2010

My goodness my blog has been orange lately! In fact I’ve posted three orange-colored recipes in the last few weeks, Carrot Cake Jam, Basil Banana Pepper Jelly and Pickled Carrots! And since I had several people ask me what I do with my Hot Pepper Jellies, I am posting another orange recipe today but this time it’s cookies!

I have to admit that I think the Savory Cheddar and Pepper Jelly Cookies are about the best cookie I have ever tasted and I remember exactly the day I tasted my first one. I was at a friend’s house for a long weekend and she loves to cook and bake. So you can imagine how much food there was plus at least six or seven different varieties of cookies. I remember looking at the platter of cookies and picking out a few to try. Well, when I bit into the Cheddar cookie with the delicious tangy, spicy filling, I immediately returned to the platter and took a few more cheddar cookies and then a few more. No one else could get near the cookie platter…LOL!

The Cheddar Cookies are very easy to make and only have four ingredients, butter, Cheddar Cheese, flour and Pepper Jelly. But don’t let the limited ingredients fool you, these cookies pack a punch, an excellent tasting punch too! Also, it is a small recipe and I always double it but still the cookies are gone within 24 hours. I use my home-canned Pepper Jellies and for this recipe I used the last of my Habanero Gold Jelly . But you can use any store brand of Pepper Jelly as long as it’s made with some variety of hot pepper. You do need the spicy, hot pepper flavor to balance the Cheddar Cheese so make sure to read the label carefully.

Savory Cheddar and Pepper Jelly Cookies
Recipe adapted from “Thanksgiving 101” by Rick Rodgers

8 oz (2 cups) Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
6 TBL (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup flour
1/3 cup hot pepper jelly

Place cheese and butter in a food processor (could be creamed by hand or mixer); add flour and process until the mixture forms a soft dough. Gather up the dough and divide into two flat disks. Wrap in wax paper and freeze until chilled, about 45 minutes. (You really don’t need to chill the dough)

Position two racks in the center and top third of the oven and preheat to 400°. Line two baking sheets with parchment or use nonstick sheets.

Using 1 teaspoon dough for each, roll the dough into small balls and place 1 inch apart on the sheets. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Using the handle of a wooden spoon or 1/2-inch-thick dowel, poke an indentation in each cookie. I use the handle of my dough whisk to form the indentation for the jelly. Place a dollop of the jelly into the indentations.

Return to the oven and bake, switching the positions of the sheets from top to bottom halfway through baking, until the tops are very lightly browned, about 10 minutes. (Cookies will continue to crisp as they cool.) Transfer to racks and cool completely. Recipe makes about 20 cookies.

Can be baked up to two days ahead. Store at room temperature in an airtight container and separate layers with wax paper.

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  • Ju (The Little Teochew) March 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Ohh, these are like those thumbprint cookies, right? ‘Cept I’ve never seen a such HAWT ones before! I know I will love these.

  • Allie and Pattie March 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Hmmmm…, I have about a dozen jars of pepper jelly left…. YUM!
    xoxo Pattie

  • Mama Peck March 24, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Oh, Wow, I have got to try these!! I know my hubby would totally flip out.. cheese and spicy hot/sweet are two of his all time favorite combos. Thanks for sharing- I’m loving all these unique recipes. You are definitely broadening my taste horizons. :)

  • Pam March 24, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Thank you for this! I always can pepper jelly in the summer and run out of ways to use it. This is perfect!

  • My Carolina Kitchen March 24, 2010 at 11:26 am

    First, let me say these savory cookies are gorgeous. However these would be dangerous for me to make. I could (would) eat the whole batch before anyone discovered these jewels.

    I’m book marking the recipe just in case I think I muster up enough self-control to make them and promise myself I wouldn’t eat them all.
    Sam

  • YankeeQuilter March 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    One of our elderly quilt guild members makes a cookie that looks like this for our retreat every year…she always “forgets” to write down the recipe for me. I’m going to bring this to bee tomorrow and see what she says! thanks….

  • Colleen March 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Those look and sound amazing. I love pepper jelly.

  • Lisa@Pickles and Cheese March 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Okay, these have really caught my attention! They sound so flavorful and delicious. And they are pretty to look at too! Can’t wait to give them a try. I’ll bet they are great for a party….real conversation starters I would guess. Thanks!!

  • Lori E March 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I have had the “cheddar pennies” before, as we called them but the ones I had were quite dry.
    The jelly would be a great addition.

  • tasteofbeirut March 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Michelle
    I remember the first time I tasted jalapeño jelly it was love at first bite; so I can only imagine how fantastic these cookies must taste like! Plus they are sugar-free! What a deal! I am signing up!

  • kat March 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    What a great idea for using the pepper jelly. I’ll be making more this year so I’m bookmarking this.

  • Bonnie March 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Orange is one of my favorite colors, and it is so vibrant.

    I’m guessing these are in the savory category, right? What beautiful, beautiful cookies.

  • Mimi March 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Great combination of flavors and textures.
    Mimi

  • kelly @ EvilShenanigans March 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Amazing! What a great idea for an appetizer or cocktail munchie!

  • Ria Mathew March 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Killer cookies! How I would love to munch on them!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen March 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    One day, I’m going to get over my fear of canning and try some of your wonderful, shared recipes for jams and jellies. I’m sure I could try this zesty thumb prints with store-bought but I can imagine the flavor with your home made jelly!

  • Petra March 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I am so glad I saw this post. I have several jars of hot pepper jelly and no one eating them. I will be baking those tomorrow. Thanks
    Petra

  • Fuji Mama March 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I love how incredibly simple these are!

  • afoodobsession March 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    these are amazing….ty for the post

  • Rosemary Hayes March 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    How many cookies does this make? I may have to make these for my family for Easter and then make extra to pass them around to neighbors and friends in goodie bags.

  • Cookin' Canuck March 24, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    These would go perfectly with a glass of white wine!

  • Michelle March 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Rosemary,

    The recipe makes about 20 cookies.

    Michelle

  • Amanda March 24, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Wow M, these look marvelous!

  • Joanne March 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I love that these are savory! A nice surprise for the person who bites into them. Note to self – make some pepper jelly. And then make these cookies.

  • Kim March 25, 2010 at 3:20 am

    What an incredibly fun recipe!

  • Sophie March 25, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Waw,…these cookies look apart & so tasty too! Lovely!

  • Angie's Recipes March 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Cheese cookies with peppery jelly sound a heavenly treat!

  • Tracy March 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    These are so refreshingly different! Love them!

  • LilSis March 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I love that these are savory instead of sweet!! Can’t go wrong with Cheddar Cheese! I’d want to eat a dozen of them!

  • Brenda March 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Michelle my best friend found your site from my sidebar and visits often. She made these for our Sunday afternoon sewing group. Yumm. She used a hot green pepper jelly and they were really pretty. I am hoping to try them soon using my red pepper jelly that has balsamic vinigar in it.

  • Megan March 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Oh Michelle, I feel like I hit gold here today. I’ve been looking for an appetizer that can travel well, doesn’t need to be reheated, and goes well with a taco bar. Looks like I found what I need right here! Thank you. These will be such fun to make.

  • Fresh Local and Best March 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    You have had quite a few orange recipes lately! These cookies look great, and I love that the recipe is so simple!

  • Kayte April 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Going to make these today, was just waiting for the right day to come along, and this is it. Meatless today, so I think these will be lovely served with soup tonight. Thanks again.

  • Danielle April 20, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Ok, I’ve starred this recipe for sure. 1. I love pepper jelly and cheese. 2. simple recipe (can’t go wrong there). 3. I’m thinking ahead….holiday colors with red and green pepper jellies…how cute would that be?

  • Jenny Flake June 11, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I bet these are so good! LOVE pepper jelly! Great recipe :)

  • Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker June 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Oooh these sound so different, and delicious!

  • Maggy @ Three Many Cooks June 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Never had anything like this before! They look so good. Would love to try them sometime.

  • Jen @ How To: Simplify June 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    What a creative recipe!

  • Cookin' Canuck June 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    These would make a perfect happy hour treat!

  • ivoryhut June 25, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Is it bad that I want a few of these for breakfast right now? Lovely cookies! My husband will especially enjoy the habanero jelly.

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