Frankensteined savory cheddar cheese shortbread recipe #Recipes#snacks March 4 2015 | Guest post by Tegan Photos by Tegan My husband and I had a cheese shortbread that was so delicious that I wanted to try to recreate it at home. After looking through dozens of recipes none of them were exactly what I was looking for, so I grabbed what I liked from a few and combined them into my own creation. They turned out great and were so easy to make! Here is the recipe I ended up with: Ingredients ½ cup butter, softened 1 tbsp dijon mustard 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper, or to taste ¼ tsp ground black pepper 8 oz very sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1 cup flour Recipe 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Mix together the first four ingredients — this is easiest in a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, but could definitely be done by hand in a bowl with a whisk. 3. Add the cheese and flour, mixing until just combined and starting to hold together. 4. Using wax or parchment paper, roll the dough into a log and freeze for 30 minutes. Related Post Save money and make your own home-made chocolate cherry "Larabars" I love Larabars, but am allergic to overpriced (almost $2 a bar), individually packaged things. Larabars are the perfect energy packed snack to eat before... Read more 5. Remove dough from freezer and slice into individual crackers of your desired thickness — I did about a quarter of an inch thick each. 6. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden. Now a few notes: I like them with a lot of mustard, probably closer to 2 tablespoons, but if you don't want to taste a distinct mustard flavor you're better off sticking with the 1 tablespoon. I used a coarse stone-ground dijon and loved it, but I think just about any mustard would work well here. I have a delicious horseradish dijon that I want to try next. The pinch of cayenne in the recipe will give them just a tiny bit of warmth and will appeal to the lowest common denominator of spicy-tolerance. If you like heat, definitely kick the cayenne up a notch. These are great to make ahead and freeze for later baking. You could stop at the point of putting the roll of dough in the freezer, but I decided to pull it out after half an hour, slice, then put back in the freezer to eliminate the need to thaw before slicing and baking later. If you do bake from completely frozen, they will just take a couple minutes more. No need to adjust the oven temperature. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Tegan Tegan lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and three awesome cats. She loves working with technology, playing video games, sewing, cooking, baking, and taking pictures of the cats. PREVIOUS An open letter to gay kids from an incredible 9-year-old lesbian NEXT How do you deal with the "so… when are you going to get married" questions? Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] Ahhh! My Grandma makes something like these… and they are my FAVOURITE. Sadly her recipes seem to have started to disappear from both her books and her memory. So I am SO thrilled to find this! Reply Yay, hope you love them! They're delicious and it's fun to play around with the flavors. Reply As always, a timely post! Thank you for sharing! Now I have a solution for what to serve with the soup I plan to make tonight! Reply Excellent, hope they turn out well! I haven't tried them with soup yet but that sounds brilliant. Reply They turned out pretty well! Not quite the texture I had been trying to go for, but still were very tasty. I had changed up the recipe a little further, though, so it may be due to my frankenizing that they turned out a little bit differently from what was anticipated. I used hummus instead of mustard (wasn't in a mustard-y mood and we still had a ton of leftover homemade hummus from dinner on Monday), added chives and a dash of garlic powder, and used a bit less cheese, just because when I pulled a block of cheese out of the fridge and the package SAID 8 oz, I panicked, thinking "holy crap, that's a lot of cheese!" So I used more like 5 ounces. Thanks again for sharing the recipe with us! It went wonderfully with our soup. 🙂 Reply I just have to say that I'm loving your shortbread on fiestaware! I collect fiestware and it thrills me to no end to see it. YAY! Reply Yay, thanks! Glad you like it 🙂 We are huge Fiesta fans too! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.