Cheddar Cheese Cookies

Some time back I made these cheese cookies with pepper and some chilli flakes. Not the best looking cookies but they tasted pretty good. The best part is that these are so easy to make. By now regular visitors here know of my fascination for BBC Good Food (India) magazine’s recipes. The October issue had a special on cookies by Sabina Gupta and this was the first one that I chose to make from that issue with just a few minor changes.

250 grams flour
150 grams butter
6 tbsps heavy cream
150 grams Cheddar cheese, grated
Dash of salt
A quarter teaspoon of pepper
Chilli flakes, 1 tablespoon
1 egg yolk, beaten
A tablespoon of white sesame seeds and poppy seeds

  • Preheat the oven to 170*. Beat the butter with an electric whisk until soft. Add the cream and blend well.
  • Sieve the flour and salt together and gradually add the mixture to the butter, just a little at a time. Add the cheese, the pepper, and chilli flakes and bind together.
  • Chill the dough for thirty minutes and then roll it out to a 1/2 cm thickness. Cut the dough into circles (or desired shapes). Brush with the beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with sesame and poppy seeds.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or till they turn golden brown. Cool completely before eating or storing.

These cookies pair beautifully with a hot cup of tea and can be stored for about two weeks. 
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