These babies smelled amazing once they came out of the oven. Everyone grabbed a piece, we stuffed ourselves before dinner

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Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread is a delightful twist on traditional shortbread cookies that combines the richness of cheese with the kick of jalapeños. This unique recipe originated in the southern regions of the United States, where the fusion of flavors is celebrated. The combination of creamy cheese and spicy jalapeños creates a perfectly balanced treat that is both savory and addictive. Whether you're hosting a gathering or simply craving a flavorful snack, these Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread cookies are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
These savory cookies pair exceptionally well with a wide range of accompaniments. For a casual snack, serve them alongside a bowl of fresh salsa or creamy guacamole. If you're looking to create a more substantial appetizer, consider serving them with a charcuterie board featuring cured meats, olives, and pickles. Alternatively, you can also enjoy these shortbread cookies as a side dish with a hearty bowl of chili or as a complement to a refreshing summer salad.
Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread Recipe:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lightly beaten egg
8 tablespoons cubed cold butter
2 cups grated cheddar or pepper jack cheese
2-3 jalapeño peppers, finely minced
1. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl.
2. Cut in butter until mixture is dry and crumbly.
3. Stir in beaten egg, cheese, and jalapeño.
4. Roll into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
5. Preheat oven to 400°F.
6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on a greased or lined baking sheet, a few inches apart.
7. Flatten each ball with a mug or jar.
8. Bake for 15 minutes or so, or until lightly golden.
Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
Enjoy the delicious Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread as a snack, appetizer, or side dish with your favorite accompaniments. These savory treats will surely be a hit among your family and friends!
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