Secret Recipe Club, Parmesan Stars, Pistachio Pigs, and High Heel Cheese Cookies!

Secret Recipe Club reveal day!

My assignment this month is Manu’s Menus.  Manu, or Manuela, is from Italian and Sicilian heritage, married to a man from India,  and now she lives in Australia~ wow, what an exciting life!  Manu is artistic and an avid traveler, and I had so much fun exploring her recipes from cultures all over the world


I ultimately decided to try Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Cookies.  Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is a splurge, but it makes such a difference in flavor


I love this recipe because the proportions are simple and equal, making it not only easy to remember but easy to double or halve

1 stick butter, 1 cup flour, 1 cup shredded cheese

I made a few tiny changes to Manu’s recipe.   You can see her recipe here


Cube the butter right on the wrapper to make it easy to transfer to the food processor


Pulse butter, flour and cheese together in food processor until dough forms


Turn dough out onto a board and shape into a ball.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to a week.  If dough is refrigerated longer than 30 minutes, let it warm a little before rolling out

Flour a board and roll dough out to 1/4″ thickness


I used different cookie cutters to make 3 fun options


High heels with black sesame seeds for a Girls Night Out fun or a Ladies Tea 


Parmesan and Pistachio Pigs with chopped pistachio nuts are perfect for a Portable Picnic, Game Day Buffet,  or a Rustic Country Farm setting

pistachio pigs

Sesame Stars with a sprinkle of sesame seeds in the center, are perfect for Beach Bummin’, Netting Crabs or Selling Seashells by the Shore

cheese straw stars

They were all delicious  😋


I even rolled the scraps with the leftover seeds and nuts and cut them into squares to bake.  I didn’t want to waste any of this tasty dough!

sesame seed pistachio cookies

You can make the dough up to a week ahead of time and then it will only take a few minutes to roll out your cookies and bake them


Cooking time will depend on your oven and the thickness of your dough, but mine took 10 minutes at 400 degrees

Parmesan Pistachio Pigs

Such a fabulous little nibble!

high heel cheese straws

Parmesan Stars, Pistachio Pigs, High Heel Cheese Cookies

use cookie cutters and toppings to create themed snacks for your next event!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 36


  • 1 stick unsalted butter or 8 Tablespoons
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup 4 oz. grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • sesame seeds white and black
  • pistachio nuts chopped


  • Cube butter into 1 inch cubes.  Place flour, cheese and butter in food processor. 
  • Pulse until dough forms.  Turn dough out onto a board and knead into a ball.  Wrap and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes or chill up to one week. 
  • If dough is thoroughly chilled, let it sit out to warm a little before rolling out.  Roll dough out on a floured board to about 1/4″ thickness. 
  • Cut into shapes with cookie cutters or cut into squares. Garnish withe desired toppings
  • Bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 400 degrees for 8-12 minutes, watching carefully.  Remove from oven when just golden, do not burn. 
  • Cool and store in airtight container.  Makes approximately 3 dozen
Keyword cheese cookies, cheese straws, cheese wafers, cookie cutter cheese straws, party food, pistachio cheese wafers
girly cheese straws
star cheese straws

Here are some of the many recipes from Manu’s Menus that intrigued me, you can click on the green links below to see them

Piadina Romagnola with Mortadella and Stracchino

Fried Manecho with Tomato and Orange Blossom Jam

Sicilian Almond Milk

Pizza Ortolana

Homemade Limoncello

I spent a long time reading her creative recipes, and I know I will check in often to see what’s on her latest menu!

Thanks for visiting today and joining the Secret Recipe Club fun!

Click on the blue frog below to see all of the recipes revealed today~


I will be joining the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and

Crafty Staci

Memories by the Mile

21 Responses to “Secret Recipe Club, Parmesan Stars, Pistachio Pigs, and High Heel Cheese Cookies!”
  1. Lynn says:

    That does sound like a nice dough… I’ll have a pig please:@)

  2. Manu says:

    I am so glad you like them! I love all the shapes and additions! 🙂

  3. manusmenu says:

    I am so glad you liked them! I loved all the shapes and additions! 🙂

  4. Mary says:

    What a great little savory cookie Jenna! I love the addition of the pistachios on the pigs 🙂

  5. These look adorable! I don’t blame you for not wasting the dough! 🙂

  6. Very nice! Love the pictures

  7. Those goodies are too cute to eat! 🙂 Love the heels! They sound delish!

  8. Heather says:

    What a nice simple easy to remember recipe for some Flavorful treats! I bet these are way better than those cheese-it’s! That my daughter is in love with! Perhaps I should try this baby out for a new after-school snacker!

  9. chinamom3078 says:

    We all love sheese straws so this should be a winner for my family! Saving the recipe. Happy Monday! Linda

  10. Judy Pimperl says:

    It’s raining and my crazy internet service isn’t the best when it rains, so I can’t see the pics!!! I’ll have to check back in, but the recipe sounds great.

  11. Stephanie says:

    The pistachio cookies sound wonderful and the high heels are very cute. Wonderful SRC post here.

  12. the high heel cookies are adorable!

  13. Heather says:

    Those cookies are too cute! Great SRC choice!

  14. Kirstin says:

    cute and these sound yummy too!

  15. Sarah says:

    these are wayyy too cute! almost too cute to eat 🙂 great choice!

  16. Miz Helen says:

    These cookies are just adorable! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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