A couple of weeks ago I served chocolate cherry cookies at a BBQ. As we were sitting around munching the cookies, someone suggested that savoury cookies would be a good idea. What with it being a BBQ, sausage flavour was suggested. Well, I haven't made those yet, but the general idea stuck and I have made a couple of other varieties in the meantime.
My first attempt, while very tasty, came out rather brittle and pastry-like. I wanted to make something softer, more in keeping with my (admittedly British) use of the word 'cookie', so I tried again. This time, I reduced the amount of flour, and included some mashed potato in the mixture. They're very moreish, and taste sort of like a cheese-and-onion pastie in cookie form. We tried some warm, but they're also nice cold.
Cheese & Onion Cookie Recipe
Makes about 20 cookies
2 cups plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
250g butter (US: 2 sticks)
1 cup mashed potato
- Preheat oven to 160° C.
- Mix baking powder into flour. Combine with cheese and red onion pieces.
- Melt the butter (1 minute in the microwave) and break up the eggs.
- Add the egg and melted butter to the flour. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or spatula until no patches of raw flour remain.
- Knead the mashed potato into the dough.
- Form into balls and press down onto a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and beginning to crisp.
- Cool on a wire rack before serving. Store in the fridge if you're not going to eat them all at once.