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.


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


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


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

thanksgiving place setting

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


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


or form it into a log and slice like cookie dough


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


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


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~


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


You can see the color differences


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!

everything cocktail cookies

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


Perfect for little Gifts from the Kitchen too!

gift boxes

Here’s the recipe:

Everything Cocktail Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen


  • 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.
Keyword cheese straws, Everything cookies, savory cookies

Everything Seasoning

This seasoning has a variety of tastes that elevates everything to WOW!
Course condiment
Cuisine American


  • 1 T dried minced onion
  • 1 T dried minced garlic [reduce if you want a milder flavor]
  • 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!
Keyword everything seasoning, gift idea, seasoning,
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13 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:@)

  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.

  3. Marigene says:

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

  4. FABBY says:

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

  5. Kim says:

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

  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!

  7. Sarah says:

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

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