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Parmesan Cheese Cookies (Savoury Shortbread)

August 29, 2019

Parmesan Cheese Cookies made with freshly grated parmesan cheese, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes for a little kick. These savoury shortbread biscuits are whipped up using a food processor so are super easy! Serve as part of an antipasto platter, cheese board or simple snack!

Parmesan cheese cookies in a bowlIf you love sharing platters or cheeseboards you’re going to love these parmesan cheese cookies!

They’re the perfect addition to an antipasto spread alongside some marinated olives (I’ve got a 5 min recipe for those), cured meats and your favourite cheeses.

Better yet, they are so effortless! They’re made in a food processor so there’s no mess and can be made in advance!

Buttery, incredibly cheesy with a kick of chilli and fennel, I mean, these cookies are SO addictive!

Ingredients for Making Parmesan Cheese Cookies

  • Flour – you just need plain or all-purpose flour
  • Butter – make sure it’s softened before using (get my AMAZING hack for softening butter in 5 minutes here).
  • Parmesan – freshly grated (don’t use pre-grated)
  • Red pepper flakes & fennel seeds – my favourite spice combo for everything from pasta sauces to bread
  • 1 egg – large sized

Photo of ingredients you need to make parmesan cheese cookies

How to Make Parmesan Cheese Cookies – Step by Step

Put all ingredients in a food processor and blitz together until the majority of it has clumped together (there will be some crumbs) (photo 1 & 2).

Turn it out onto a clean surface and bring the dough together, knead gently for a few seconds until you’ve shaped it into a smooth ball (photo 3).

Step by step photos for making parmesan cheese cookies (savoury shortbread)

Cut the dough in half then take one half and roll it into a sausage shape keeping each end flat and not rounded (photos 4 & 5).

Roll the sausage shape in plastic wrap and twist the ends to seal, repeat with the second half then place in the fridge for 45minutes to 1 hour to chill (photos 6).

Step by step photos for making cheese cookies and baking them

Once chilled cut the dough logs into coins around 1/2cm (1/4 inch thick) and place on a baking tray (photo 7).

Bake until starting to turn golden around the edges (around 15-20 minutes) set aside to cool and serve (photo 8).

Can these Cheese Cookies be Frozen?

Yes, you can make the dough in advance, roll them into cylinders and freeze them rolled in plastic wrap then foil for an extra barrier.

Then let the dough thaw until it can easily be cut and bake as instructed.

If you want to prepare these cheese cookies in advance and not freeze them then you can keep the dough in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Other Cheeses You Can Use

If you’re not a fan of parmesan or want to try something different then white cheddar, gruyere or pecorino would all work really well!

An close up of parmesan cheese cookies

Serving Suggestions

Parmesan cheese cookies are great just as they are served as a snack with some cream cheese or served with chutney with a cheeseboard but if you want to go all out and serve them as an antipasto platter here are some great options to serve them with;

Top Tips for Making Parmesan Cheese Cookies

  • Make sure the butter is softened before using
  • You can easily adapt the seasonings to your liking (try out different herbs and spices)
  • The raw dough can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days before baking
  • Baked cheese cookies will store well in airtight containers

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Parmesan Cheese Cookies

Parmesan Cheese Cookies made with freshly grated parmesan cheese, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes for a little kick. These savoury shortbread biscuits are whipped up using a food processor so are super easy! Serve as part of an antipasto platter, cheese board or simple snack!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Modern Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling time 45 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 35 - 40 cookies
Calories 49kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups plain flour (170g)
  • 3.5 oz softened butter (100g/ 1/2 cup)
  • 1.5 cups freshly grated parmesan (70g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds (adjust to preference)
  • 1 tbsp chilli flakes (adjust to preference)

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients in a food processor and blitz together until the majority of it has clumped together (there will be some crumbs).
  • Turn it out onto a clean surface and bring the dough together (you may need a very light dusting of flour to stop it sticking), knead gently for a few seconds and bring it together to a smooth ball.
  • Cut the dough in half then take one half and roll it into a sausage shape keeping each end flat and not rounded. The cookies don't expand much in the oven so the size you roll out will be the size of the cookies.
  • Roll the sausage shape in plastic wrap and twist the ends to seal, repeat with the second half then place in the fridge for 45minutes to 1 hour to chill.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C (350F)
  • Once chilled cut the dough logs into coins around 1 cm (1/2 inch thick) and place on a baking tray.
  • Bake until starting to turn golden around the edges (around 15-20 minutes) set aside to cool and serve.

Notes

  • Make sure the butter is softened before using
  • You can easily adapt the seasonings to your liking (try out different herbs and spices or leave them out altogether)
  • The raw dough can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days before baking
  • Baked cheese cookies will store well in airtight containers

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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15 Comments

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    Traci
    August 29, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Everything about these reminds me of a fancy deli I used to run in wine country. They pair perfect with so many things! I love your recipe…it’s simple and elegant. Thanks!5 stars

  • Reply
    Tonje
    August 29, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    These were so easy to make and tasted perfect! We will be making these again!5 stars

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    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    August 29, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    The chili and fennel make such a lovely combination! Definitely pinning these for future preparation – I can see these going pretty fast during the holiday season.5 stars

  • Reply
    Mindy Fewless
    August 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    These are perfect for our family gatherings!! I can’t wait to make them!5 stars

  • Reply
    Emese @MyPurePlants
    August 29, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Awesome idea to make a dough log and cut cookies like that. So creative as all of your recipes. Thanks for sharing.5 stars

  • Reply
    Fred Nonterah
    June 15, 2017 at 7:40 am

    How so creative Emily! I would never had imagined that I could combing Parmesan in my cookie dough. Thanks for giving us a new cookie recipe.

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    C
    November 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Yummy! These look heavenly!! Thanks for sharing 🙂 check out my post on baked apple chips! Perfect for Thanksgiving!
    http://www.fortheloveofblonde.com

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      insidetherustickitchen
      November 24, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      How lovely are your photos!? I would love if you could give me some tips on how to get them looking so professional? Great recipe too ?? will need to give it a try!

      • Reply
        C
        November 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm

        Thanks for the feedback! I will definitely do a blog post on that 🙂

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