Blue Cheese Shortbread Crackers

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 16, 2010 at 9:14am

I’ll confess a deep, dark secret. I love…Cheez-its. I don’t want to know what cheez is, and I endeavor to not eat the things (I forbid them from the house…most of the time), but I’m moved by their flaky, tangy, processed perfection. Addictive little beasts, grrr.

But as tasty as they are, I’m obviously not bringing them to a party, at least not in this century. (I’ve brought much worse to parties, including little cocktail pumpernickel slices spread with herb processed cheese and topped with slices of Oscar Mayer salami cut into Christmas-tree shapes. It took me forever to free-form all those little salami trees. I…yeah. That was a long time ago.) These better days, I think it’s nice to bring a host/ess something I’ve actually made myself, mad scissor skills aside.

Like blue cheese shortbread crackers. They’re cheesy (no Z!) and crisp. Tender and tangy. Addictive little beasts. Perfect nibbled alongside a glass of wine. And blessedly un-orange. In other words, a lovely thing to take to a party.

Blue Cheese Shortbread Crackers
Adapted from Bon Appetit November 2002
Serves 6

3 1/2 oz. crumbled blue cheese (about 1/2 c.)
3 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1/3 c. walnuts, finely chopped

Blend the blue cheese and butter in a processor until creamy. Add flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Using on/off turns, process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add walnuts and process just until moist clumps form. Gather dough into ball. Roll out dough between sheets of plastic wrap to 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thickness. Transfer wrapped dough to a baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes (they’re much easier to cut out and handle when chilled).

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners. Using a small biscuit cutter (or other shape cutter), cut out crackers. (You could also free-hand cut them into squares and skip the cutter altogether.) Transfer cutouts to prepared baking sheets. Gather dough scraps and reroll (and chill); cut out additional crackers. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)

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Older Comments

  1. By SML on May 20, 2010 at 6:53PM

    Very, very cute! :)

  2. By 4evrfuzzy on May 20, 2010 at 2:45PM

    I bet you could also use a cookie press to make these in adorable and easy shapes. How cute would that be!

  3. By courtneyd on May 20, 2010 at 10:28AM

    These are so good. I made a few batches of them around Christmas last year.

  4. By lauren on May 20, 2010 at 9:33AM

    Yum these look divine!

  5. By SML on May 20, 2010 at 7:59AM

    Absolutely, that would work nicely. In that case, chill the log thoroughly before slicing. (The dough does roll out quickly between the plastic sheets too. And you can cut out fun shapes!) Let me know if you make them - good luck.

  6. By kittykat83 on May 20, 2010 at 7:45AM

    I might try this, but I would think it would be simpler to roll the dough into a log and slice off of that.