Cheese Hearts #CreativeCookieExchange

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                             Life is great. Cheese makes it better.
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Avery Aames.

For those of you with less of a sweet tooth or even for those who keep gorging on anything and everything that's got sugar in it, these sesame topped cheese cookies are a welcome change. Made with cheddar cheese and sprinkled with powdered chilli, sesame seeds and some more cheese, you can have them anytime of the day, in between meals and even with a cup of tea or coffee.


It is late January and we all know Valentine's Day is about to start trending and soon love will be in the air! Keeping that in mind, this month's theme for our Creative Cookie Exchange group is Hearts/Love, basically any kind of cookie that somehow expresses love/hearts.

Going along with the theme, I wanted to make something in heart shape and this usually means something sweet. But with all the sugar intake in the last couple of months, thanks to the festivals, I was in no mood for another sweet and was looking for a salty alternative. Found the perfect recipe in one of my cookie books.


Since these cookies are sprinkled with grated cheese right before they go into the oven, you will see them bubbling vigorously while they are baking and at that very moment you will know that you have baked something very tasty and cheesy :D

While making these Cheese Hearts, I used natural cheddar cheese which is milder than the processed one and therefore had to add salt in the dough to get the right amount of salty flavor. If you are going to use the processed variety, you may want to skip the salt. Addition of chilli powder as a topping gives these cookies just a touch of spiciness and makes them even more yummy!


Recipe Source: Cookies by Betty Saw.

Makes about 44 to 46 two inches Cheese Hearts

Ingredients
For Cookies
200 grams / 7 ounces / 1 plus 1/3 cups self raising flour.
1/4 teaspoon paprika.
1/2 teaspoon salt (if using processed cheddar cheese, omit the salt)
125 grams / 4.5 ounces / 1/2 cup cold margarine (I used unsalted butter).
100 grams / 3.5 ounces / 1 cup grated natural cheddar cheese.
2 small eggs, one whole and the other beaten.
1 teaspoon prepared mustard.

For Topping
Finely grated cheddar or parmesan cheese.
Paprika or powdered chilli.
Sesame seeds.

Method
Line baking trays with parchment. Sift together the flour, paprika and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or using an electric hand held mixer, cream the margarine for a minute. Add the grated cheese and whole egg and beat until light and creamy. Add the mustard, salt and the sifted dry ingredients. Mix to form a soft dough. Refrigerate covered with plastic wrap for 30 minutes or until the dough is firm.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F. Roll out the dough between two plastic or parchment sheets to about 1/4 inch / 0.5 cm thickness. Cut into heart shapes and and place on the prepared trays.

Brush the surface with beaten egg and sprinkle with the grated cheese, paprika or powdered chilli and sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown about 10 to 15 mins.

Place the trays on a wire rack to cool for a couple of minutes. Transfer the cookies from the tray to the cooling rack. Eat while they are still warm.

Storage Suggestions: These cookies are best eaten warm on the day they are baked.

Happy Baking!!!

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22 comments

  1. Oh yum! I do enjoy a savory cookie and this would be great to start out Valentine's Day with a glass of wine or bubbly.

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    1. Yeah correct...perfect with a glass of wine though I can have anything under the sun with a cup of tea :D

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  2. Keep the chocolate, gimme CHEESE! These look awesome and they're going on the "Must Bake" list asap. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I've got to try these tonight! I could eat cheese any time day or night and these look absolutely scrumptious. What a great idea! I also like Renee's thinking - cheese hearts and a glass of wine - my kind of person. :-)

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    1. same is the case with me, I don't even need something to sprinkle the cheese on.

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  4. These look yummy. I don't make enough savoury cookies. Must try these!

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    1. You should..these are a much needed break from the sweet ones.

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  5. I always think of sweet when I think of cookies, I love how you changed this up! Those would be gone in no time in the household!

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  6. Oh yum!! I love cheesy cookies/crackers. Such a wonderful savory flavor in an unexpected shape!

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    1. So do I, anything that says cheese and I am game for it.

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  7. OH man this looks awesome! I love cheese!

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  8. Very nice, I love the idea of putting cheese on cookies. I have such a weakness for cheddar cheese!

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  9. Those look amazing--and cheese makes everything better!

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  10. Confession...I'm not fond of store bought cheese crackers, can't stand the fish ones especially! And I definitely don't buy them for my kids! But this is cracker I would try! I bet it tastes delicious! My kids would love them!

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    1. I agree, store bought ones don't taste as good and fresh as home made ones, these taste so much better!

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  11. This is my kind of cookie, Deepti! All that cheese is wonderful but the touch of spice is what wins me over completely.

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    1. Yup, paprika and chilli provide a touch of spiciness that only elevates the flavor of these cookies.

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  12. Love these! I always seem to make sweet cookies but these are going to the top of my to-try list.

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