Gifts from the Kitchen, Everything Cocktail Cookies

I have been playing with Everything seasoning a lot lately and couldn’t resist trying it in a version of cheese straws.

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Traditional cheese straws get a kick from cayenne pepper and they are often too spicy hot for me. I know, I’m a whimp…

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These are flavorful without the heat, a savory tasty treat.  They get plenty of pizazz from the minced onion and garlic.

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Right at the end of baking I added some grated cheddar on top just to see how they would look and taste

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Gobble Gooble!  They are equally good plain~the cheese really just adds a little color

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The dough is easy to work with, you can roll it out and use cookie cutters to make cocktail cookies

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or form it into a log and slice like cookie dough

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You can make the dough up to a week ahead and keep it in the refrigerator.  Pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to warm and then you can roll it out or into a log to slice

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I love this recipe because you can make it in minutes in your food processor

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Shred the cheese then switch to the mixing blade and add the flour, seasoning and cream and pulse until a dough ball forms.Then go ahead with baking or wrap and refrigerate dough until later.

For this “slice and bake” batch I experimented with a little Parmesan cheese topping on the cookies on the far right~

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Three were topped at the beginning of baking, then I did several more topping during the last 3 minutes of baking time only.

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You can see the color differences

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I like the golden tone of the cookies baked from the beginning with Parmesan.  As with the cheddar turkeys, this extra cheese topping adds more color than flavor so it’s a personal preference.  Any way you shape or bake these, they are a delightful savory bite!

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The cookies stay fresh and tasty for 3-4 days, keep them in a tightly covered tin or jar~

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Perfect for little Gifts from the Kitchen too!

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Here’s the recipe:

Everything Cocktail Cookies  for a printable version click here

10 oz. Vermont Sharp White Cheddar [Cracker Barrel green package]

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces

2 T half and half

4 T Everything Seasoning*

grated Cheddar or Parmesan cheese for garnish if desired

Pulse cheese with butter, flour and seasoning in a food processor at 5 second intervals until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add cream.  Process 10 seconds or until dough forms a ball.  Roll dough out into a sheet about 1/8″ thick and cut cookies with themed cookie cutters, or form dough into a log and cut into 1/8″ slices.  Store dough in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Bake cookies at 350 15-18 minutes until starting to brown.  Top with grated cheddar and return to oven to just melt if desired.  Makes about 3 dozen.

Everything Seasoning

1 T dried minced onion

1 T dried minced garlic

1 T poppy seeds

1 T sesame seeds

1 T kosher salt

Mix together and put in a jar.  Shake well to combine.  Use it on toast, breads, eggs, salads, pasta, everything!

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11 Responses to “Gifts from the Kitchen, Everything Cocktail Cookies”
  1. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    No doubt these cocktail crackers have lots of flavor Jenna! Lovin’ your cute Garcon plate too:@)

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  2. Linda says:

    Haven’t made cheese straws in years. Great idea to make in shapes. All the kiddos will love it! Maybe I’ll even have my 3 grands help on Wednesday. They love to help…4 and 2 1/2 years old. Thanks for the idea!! Have a good day.

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  3. Marigene says:

    I can’t wait to make these, Jenna…they sound and look yummy!

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  4. FABBY says:

    Thisa cocktail cookies look amazing, I can’t wait to make them, lol! Thanks for the récipe and for visiting me.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  5. Kim says:

    These look delicious! I’ll have to try them – and your Everything Seasoning. 🙂

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  6. Mary says:

    We ove cheese straws Jenna and your Everything Seasoning is perfect for them. I have to admit I like a little cayenne pepper kick with mine though 🙂 Love your fun Thanksgiving shapes!

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  7. Sarah says:

    Great idea! I may try to make some this week. Thanks for the recipe.

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