Savoury Parmesan and Cheddar Shortbread


As you can probably figure out by now, we like to entertain guests here in our place in Montreal. These biscuits are perfect when people are dropping by. Served with a glass of wine, you can have your cheese and crackers all in one tasty bite!

I’m going to show you how to make two different varieties here. Either one is melt in your mouth cheesy awesomeness!

Parmesan Shortbread


You’ll need the following:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) chilled, unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp coarse salt


Pour the flour into a food processor (you can do this by hand, but it is gonna be some work!)

Add the rest of the dry ingredients, leaving the butter aside

Blend until mixed


Cut that butter into cubes. You can use special internet skills like me to apparently cut the butter without lifting the knife!

Add the butter and use the pulse button to mix. You want to only blend this until you have the butter incorporated, but still a bit lumpy

Knead the dough until it all is one piece

Roll the dough into a ball and cut it in half

Form the halves into a log shape


Cut the log into slices about and inch wide

Roll each slice into a ball and place on a baking sheet

Flatten each ball with a spoon


Okay, looking good!


Place the sheet in 350F oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until the edges start to get golden


Take sheet out of oven and allow to cool

Now, why stop here when we can make more, different biscuits?

Cheddar Shortbread


For this, you’ll need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 lb of softened salted butter
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


Add the flour to a mixing bowl


Pour in the cheddar

Add the butter, garlic and cayenne


Mix until all the butter has been incorporated

Dump out bowl onto a flat surface and knead the dough until you have one solid piece


Place the dough in a greased pan. This is about 12×17. (If you’re like me, it seems you can also teleport away once it’s in the pan)

Press the dough to fill all edges of the pan


Once evenly distributed in the pan, go grab a paring knife …


Score a line about 1 inch from the edge


Keep repeating moving over about 1 inch at a time, creating columns


Do the same adding horizontal rows


Now grab a fork and make a diagonal criss-cross pattern along the squares


These will act as perforations making it easy to split the biscuit and share … if you ever find you’re able to not eat a whole biscuit!


Place in 375F oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until golden


Remove from the oven, and while it’s still cooling take the knife and run over those lines again … it will make life easier when it comes time to serve it!


So, there you have it, Savoury Parmesan and Cheddar Shortbread. Serve it with a nice glass of wine next time you have guests over and you may be seeing visitors more often!

Bon Apetit!




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