Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Caliente Cheddar Cookies [more holiday treats]




Hola! I'm back with another holiday recipes. This is one of my favorites and beware... these little suckers are very addicting. These Cheddar Jalapeno Cookies are super easy to bust out for parties or gifts (few ingredients and very easy prep). And you can definitely make the dough ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge for a day or two until you are ready to bake. I love putting these in holiday gift baskets because they are a nice break from all of the sweet treats. Don't get me wrong, sweet treats are my bread and butter... but this recipe is mostly butter so....maybe cheddar cookies are my bread and butter... I don't know - it's gets confusing. I like these cookies alot.




I found this recipe last year on Design Sponge. The recipe is basically the same, I have just modified to process to be a little more time efficient. Mine might not come out as pretty, but they taste just as delicious and take alot less time. Here's a link to the original, Cheddar Jalapeno Cookies and here is mine below. Happy Almost Christmas lovelies!


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(edited on 1/9/12 - experimented a little more and found better ratios of butter)
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
8-ounce block of extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded extra fine (it really helps to have it finely shredded)
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos*, patted dry and chopped

Instructions

In a mixer combine butter, salt and pepper until thoroughly blended. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and cheddar. Slowly add flour and cheese until dough clears the sides of mixer. Don’t over-mix. Then fold in jalapenos. Dough will be pretty crumbly and dry. Start to work it with your hands to incorporate the peppers and it will start to come together. Next, work it into a long cylindrical shape (like the shape of a rolling pin) and wrap with plastic wrap (this will allow for you to slice the dough into disks instead of rolling the dough out flat and using cookie cutters). Chill for about 20 to 30 minutes up to 48 hours. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap dough and slice into 1/4 inch thick disks. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets or silicon baking sheets. Bake in the center of the oven for about 13-15 minutes or until cookies are golden on top. Enjoy!

5 comments:

catherine said...

Do not, under any circumstances, bring those cheddar creations to your originators. We are weak and powerless!!

Katie Maye said...

ohhh your getting some, whether you like it or not!

Aya Smith said...

Oh man, this is torture when hungry! They look delicious, and such a unique idea with the cheese! :D

Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

Kristina Gulino said...

I can't protest cheese in a cookie! xo

Kristina

Feathers & Freckles said...

I have never tried anything even remotely close to this! Sounds so intriguing and tasty! :)