The nice thing about being a student is that you can experien a little before being let out into the serious adult world (die your hair, anyone). When I started this blog I proised myself that I would move away from the standard recipes I always make and try to be more adventurous in cooking easy and affordable foods for students. Who would’ve guessed that you can make perfectly acceptable, cheesy butter cookies with only six ingredients?
If you are expecting crackers, then read no further, because these definitely are not. They’re mad from German Mürbeteig (I looked it up and google translate said “shortcrust pastry” but literally it would mean crumbly dough) which makes them tender, a little crumbly and especially decadent. They require a minimum amount of work and tools (your hands, a bowl, a box grater and an oven) and boy, they are a crowd pleaser. I made this batch for a picknick (5 girls) and thought we would have plenty leftover… Well, I don’t know how it happened but in the end there were 2 cookies left in the box, which explains the lack of pictures (I really have to get better at this!).
The girls even begged me to remove them from their reach.
Have you had any picknicks yet?
With love from the student kitchen,
Cheese'n butter cookies
This is what you need
200g cheddar cheese
200 g butter, cold
1/2 teaspoon red pepper powder
1 pinch of salt
a few grinds of pepper
And this is how we do it
1. Grate the cheese on a box grater
2. Cut the cold butter into cubes, in a bowl add flour salt, ground cheese, pepper and red pepper.
3. Knead all the ingredients together until a uniform dough forms. Be careful to do it fast enough so that the butter doesn’t get too warm.
4. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and chill the dough for 30-40 minutes minimum
5. Line 3 baking sheets with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
6. Form marble-sized balls, flattening them a little with your palms. Make sure to leave enough space between them, since they will spread a little.
7. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. They might seem a little underbaked but they firm up when cooling (because of the cheese).
8. Let cool down and enjoy at a picnic with your friends.
Cookies keep in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days, but longer in the fridge.
This is my own recipe. Please do not use it commercially without my permission. When using it on your blog, please re-write it in your own words and link it to the source to give proper credit. Thanks!