Cheddar Cheese Shortbread

Industry Observer with Retired
Original content by Joan Cox DRE# ER40011786

I was invited to a dinner party, and they served these "cookies" as an appetizer, and paired well with the wine they served.



  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese - room temperature
  • 2 sticks butter - room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper (if you like spicy, add 1 full teaspoon)
  • 1/2 tsp salt


1.  In a bowl, whisk together salt, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper and set aside.

2.  Mix cheese and butter with a stand or hand mixer until smooth.

3.  Whisk the spice mix into the flour.

4.  Add flour/spice mixture 1/2 cup at a time.

5.  Knead the dough for a few minutes until all the little pieces that were at the bottom of the mixing bowl come together.

6.  Roll dough into small balls, and place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment or a non-stick baking pad.

7.  Press each small ball with a small glass or a shot glass to flatten and make a consistent size.

8.  Chill dough balls for 1-2 hours.

9.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

10.  Bake for 16-19 minutes until they are golden brown.

11.  Cool for 10 minutes before serving.



1.  It's important to refrigerate this dough for 1-2 hours before you bake them. That gives the butter time to cool which will give your shortbread a flakier texture.

1.  You can also freeze this dough for up to three months.  You can make the actual little crackers and freeze them on a cookie sheet.  Once they are frozen, transfer them to a zip-lock bag and they are ready to go when you want to bake them.  Bake them right from the freezer and increase the cooking time by 3-4 minutes.

3.  the other way to freeze them is to roll the dough into a long log.  Wrap the log in a plastic wrap and freeze for up to three months.  thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours.  since little cracker=size pieces and bake.

4.  The first time you make these, it is recommended to follow the recipe exactly and only add the 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper. 

5.  Don't worry if you see little specks of cheese in your shortbread, they are supposed to be that way.

6.  **NOTE** You will get anywhere from 25-40 shortbreads with this recipe depending upon the size of the balls you make.

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Posted by

Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (11)

Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent reblog information.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed weekend.

May 26, 2023 01:16 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Excellent reblogged Roy Kelley and now I am very hungry thanks to you. Off to find some ingredients at the Piggly Wiggly.

May 26, 2023 02:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog post by Joan Cox

May 26, 2023 04:29 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, thank you for the reblog, and hope those who read it try making it.  They were very good.

May 26, 2023 04:53 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Roy Kelley thank you for the delicious cheddar cheese shortbread recipe.

May 26, 2023 08:27 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Well that's a new one, and it sounds like a good one.

May 26, 2023 08:32 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Roy, even the name of the cookie alone captured my heart and soul and my tummy.  Love the recipe, the ingredients.  I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin;  yep, a Wisconsinite.  And Wisconsinites are known to love CHEESE and BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 26, 2023 10:34 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

May 27, 2023 08:28 AM