Cheddar and chive shortbread

By Anna Olson
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This recipe is perfect for freezing and baking it another day. The trick is to ensure the logs of dough keep their shape in the fridge. Shape the dough into a log just a touch smaller in diameter than an empty paper towel roll. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, slip it into the cardboard roll and chill or freeze. The cardboard protects it from denting or flattening on the side it is resting on while it sits in the fridge!

SERVES
48
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 ounces coarsely grated old Cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 egg white, lightly whisked, for brushing

Directions

  1. Place the flour, sugar, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor with the butter and pulse until the mixture is rough and crumbly and no bits of butter are visible.  Add the Cheddar and pulse until evenly combined. Add the egg yolks and pulse again until the dough shapes itself into a ball.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead in the chives by hand (if you add them in the food processor, the dough will turn green). Shape the dough into two logs about one-and-a-half inches across, wrap in plastic and chill until firm, at least one hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking trays with parchment paper.  Place the sesame seeds on a large flat plate.
  4. Unwrap the dough, brush the logs with the egg white and then roll in the sesame seeds to coat fully. Slice coins about quarter-inch thick and arrange them on the trays, about half-inch apart.
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned on the bottom. Let cool completely on the trays. If gifting, stack the cookies and pack them snugly in a box or tin, or wrap in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon.

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