Savory Thumbprint Cookies

When we tasted these cookies, one of our colleagues commented that Santa would be happy to find these as a surprise - a savory respite from all those sugary offerings.

Whether you are enjoying them for your cocktail party or offering them to Santa, they are a treat. They freeze well too!

Savory Thumbprint Cookies with either McEvoy RanchSpicy Sweet Pepper JamorSavory Fig Jam

These “cookies” are disarming. They look exactly like sweet thumbprint cookies but in fact are a savory appetizer. The dough is short and tender, the pecans crunchy and the jam smoky and spicy. They are a delicious and handsome addition to a party platter. Ingredients 1-½ cups white cheddar cheese, shredded ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated ½ cup butter, room temperature 1 large egg yolk ½ tsp. Aleppo Pepper 1 - ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped 1 cup of either McEvoy Ranch Spicy Sweet Pepper Jam orSavory Fig Jam Directions
  • In a food processor, pulse together Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and butter until smooth.
  • Add egg yolk and pepper and pulse until blended.
  • Add flour and pulse until the dough comes together.
  • Place 1 cup of water in a bowl.
  • Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop tablespoon-size balls of dough and roll with your hands into 1 inch balls.
  • Drop balls into the water, remove quickly, drain excess water and roll in pecans to coat.
  • Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Make an indentation in the center of each ball with your thumb or the handle of a wooden spoon.
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and fill the indentations with jam
  • Return to oven and bake another 5 to 7 minutes.