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Savory Cheddar Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

Savory Cheddar Cheese Thumbprint Cookies with Hot Pepper Jelly

Savory Cheddar Cheese Thumbprint Cookies with Hot Pepper Jelly

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Savory Cheddar Cheese Thumbprint Cookies
4.3 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.3/5 (9)
Course: Filled Cookies, Savory CookiesDifficulty: Medium



A savoury cheddar cheese dough filled with hot pepper jelly for adult tastes — or very adventurous kids! The dough is a perfect salty complement to the spicy sweet hot pepper jelly. These are great for appetizers or to serve with drinks. Just don’t set them out with the other Christmas cookies without a warning!


  • 1-1/2 cups shredded white sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans or unblanched almonds

  • 1 cup hot pepper jelly


  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. In food processor, pulse together cheddar and parmesan cheeses and butter until smooth. Add egg yolk and pepper; pulse until blended. Add flour; pulse just until soft dough forms. Place finely chopped pecans or almonds on plate. Place 1 cup water in bowl. With hands, roll scant tablespoonfuls (15 ml) of dough into 1-inch balls. Dip in water; roll in nuts to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet. With thumb, make indentation in center of each. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Bake 15 minutes or until firm outside and lightly golden. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the baking sheet on a cooling rack, allowing the cookies to cool directly on the baking sheet. If the indentations have filled in, you can press them again gently while still warm. When thoroughly cooled, cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature, or frozen. Before serving, fill indentations with hot pepper jelly. If you have stored the cookies for a time before serving them, you can re-crisp them by baking them at 350 F for 3 minutes, then allow them to cool fully before adding the jelly.


  • We had some complaints that “kids didn’t like these” or that they are “too spicy for kids”. Please take into consideration that hot pepper jelly is…HOT (it’s right there in the name, people)…before giving this to little ones! I consider this to be an adult cookie and expect people to use their judgement in serving this to people. Like…don’t serve it to anyone allergic to nuts, either!


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I made this for a get together tonight and it was a hit!!!
- A Baker
Fabulous! I keep some on hand in the freezer and thaw a few at a time as I need them. I love the savory cheddar with the peppery jelly. Try adding a bit of cream cheese with the jelly, too. Love them!
- A Baker
Absolutely divine! I have been looking for an hor d’oeuvre to use pepper jelly (other than spreading cream cheese on a plate and topping with the jelly & serving with crackers - which is delicious, by the way). This is EXCELLENT!!
- A Baker
Really like the combination of cracker and hot jelliy. We used several different jellies, key lime and jalepeno and sour orange and habenero both scored big with guest at annual Christmas Party. Also liked the fact that you can make the cracker part early, cook and then freeze.
- A Baker
These were EXCELLENT! I don't know who in the world would make these and expect their kids to like them. If you don't like peppery, spicy, cheesy, then this would indicate that you should not make them. Read the ingredients and use some common sense. I usually look for 5 stars and get tired of being strayed away from a good recipe because someone gave it a bad review for a nonsense reason.
- A Baker
These are delicious, most definately for a sophisticated palette, this is obvious by the list of ingredients. A nice addition to an appitizer buffet. Once can tell by the recipe that unless their kids are sophisticated eaters they will not enjoy them. I had a multitude of requests for this recipe. A true hit with our entertaining crowd.
- Jacqueline
i thought they were terrible the pepper was to over powering not good for young children.
- A Baker
I loved them but they didn't go over very well with the kids! This is for sophisticated palettes only.
- A Baker
These were wonderful! A very different, but delicious taste, very cheesy, with a kick in the pepper jelly. The texture of the cookie was wonderful too. Definitely worth a try. Good as an hors d'oeuvre.
- A Baker
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