Sunday, 4 September 2011

Cheese & Onion Cookies

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
2 eggs
250g butter (US: 2 sticks)
1 cup mashed potato

  1. Preheat oven to 160° C.
  2. Mix baking powder into flour. Combine with cheese and red onion pieces.
  3. Melt the butter (1 minute in the microwave) and break up the eggs.
  4. Add the egg and melted butter to the flour. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or spatula until no patches of raw flour remain.
  5. Knead the mashed potato into the dough.
  6. Form into balls and press down onto a lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and beginning to crisp.
  8. Cool on a wire rack before serving. Store in the fridge if you're not going to eat them all at once.


Bibliomama said...

Sounds delicious. I make cheddar sage shortbread at Christmas and I think I like it more than the sweet ones.

christine said...

these sound delicious, but then cheese and onion always does:) do you remember the potato scones we made?

Anonymous said...

Rather than ordinary sausage, maybe you could use small pieces of chorizo in the next version?

I'm sorely tempted to try that for myself, in fact!

Jacqueline said...

I am very intrigued by these. I admit to being a bit unsure when you tweeted about them, but after reading your description I can see the appeal. Very clever!

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