ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Cheese Cookie Recipe

Updated on October 16, 2010

September 14, 2010

A visitor to my Hub Cookie Cutter Cookies left the following comment on that Hub:

But WHERE is the cheese cookie recipe? I lost my recipe that was in the newspaper, and went to this website but only see ads for cookie cutters.

I was surprised at the comment because I had never heard of cheese cookies let alone provided a recipe for them on that Hub.

The only thing I could think of was that the News Capsule I had included in the Hub had automatically, and temporarily, linked to a news article about cheese cookies.

The person who had left the comment asking where the cheese cookie recipe was had probably entered cheese cookies in a search query and it had led her to my Hub. Unfortunately, she just looked for the recipe in the main text of the Hub and not in the News Capsule located at the end of the Hub.

I immediately looked in the News Capsule and the first thing listed read:

Cheesy cookie recipes mix sweet with savory
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
4 days ago

I clicked on the link and was taken to the a page on the Honolulu Star Advertiser website which contained an article entitled Cheesy cookie recipes mix sweet with savory which had been written by Betty Shimabukuro and posted on September 8, 2010.

The article not only contained a recipe for cheesy cookies, but also some background about them as well as some useful tips for making them based upon the author’s experience making them.

According to the article these cookies have become popular in the past year as a result of an appearance by European food writer and TV personality  Nigella Lawson on U.S. National Public Radio where she talked about the  Cheesy Feet cookies that she made.

Nigella Lawson, who talked up her version -- called Cheesy Feet

Seeing a potential Hub, but not wanting to simply copy and publish the recipe, I decided to do some more research.

My first objective was to check out various recipes for these cookies and camp up with a basic recipe that was common to all.

Before providing the recipe, I should point out that these cheesy cookies appear to be of northern European origin and are not cookies in the sense that Americans use that term.

Instead they are a type of bread or cracker that can be served as a snack, appetizer or even with a meal but, from what I have read, not as a desert.

Here is a basic recipe that contains the ingredients common to all of the recipes I viewed.

Ingredients

Ingredients (using American measurement):

1/3 cup butter, at room temperature (not melted)
1 cup flour
3/4 cup shredded cheese
1/4 teaspoon of salt, baking soda or baking powder (used as a leavening agent)

Ingredients (using metric measurements)

100 grams Cheddar cheese, grated
25 grams butter
50 grams plain flour
dash or pinch of salt, baking soda or baking powder (used as a leavening agent)

The above is the basic recipe (choose the first or second version depending upon whether you use cups and measuring spoons, which are common in the United States, or weights, which are common in Europe and other places, to measure your ingredients) type for these cookies / biscuits / crackers whichever you want to call them.

All of the recipes that I have viewed contain these ingredients plus some extras such as one quarter cup of sugar (to either sprinkle on top of cookies or mix in), a teaspoon of ground black pepper or a dash to a quarter teaspoon of dry mustard, red pepper, paprika or chili powder (if used, use only ONE of these 4 ingredients).

The extra ingredients listed above are optional and you can pick and choose from them - I DON’T recommend using ALL of them. I have also seen some calling for sprinkling caraway, sesame or poppy seeds on the cookies rather than sugar.

Mixing Instructions

Most recipes say to pre-heat your oven to 400⁰ Fahrenheit (200⁰ Celsius) although a few American recipes call for 350⁰ Fahrenheit.

Either purchase a package of cheddar cheese that is already shredded or, if you purchase a block of cheddar, grate it.

One method of mixing is to combine all of the basic ingredients, including any sugar or spice you wish to include in the mixture and either put it in a blender to mix or in a bowl to mix with an electric mixer.

A second method is to mix the butter, flour and salt or baking powder/soda by hand with a mixing spoon. Then fold in the grated cheese and work the mixture with your hands, as you would other bread or cookie dough, until it is thoroughly combined and ready to roll out.

Once the dough is mixed you can either cover the container containing the dough or roll the mixed dough into a ball and wrap it in some type of food wrapping and then place it in a refrigerator for fifteen to thirty minutes to chill.


Cutting and Baking

If you haven't already done so, roll the chilled dough into a ball and, on a clean, flat surface, roll it out using a rolling pin.  To prevent sticking, dust the flat surface and the rolling pin with a sprinkling of flour as this will tend to keep the dough from sticking to the surface or the rolling pin.

Roll the dough to a thickness of one quarter inch or less. The thinner the rolled dough the flatter your cookies will be and the better they will retain their shape if you are using intricate shaped cookie cutters, like feet or Santa Clause figures. 

If you aren't interested in elaborately shaped cookies, or don't have cookie cutters on hand you can cut them into simple round shapes using an inverted drinking glass to cut the dough.

As you cut each cookie, place it on a cookie sheet and, when done place the sheet in the oven and bake fo twelve to fifteen minutes.  The thinner you rolled the dough the faster the cookies will bake.

Cool and enjoy.



The Story of the Cookies

As I mentioned above, the recent appearance by Nigella Lawson, a popular British food author with her own BBC food show (she is also the daughter of Nigel Lawson, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in the government of Margaret Thatcher), on the U.S. National Public Radio has caused a sudden new interest in these cookies in the United States.

Dubbed cheesy feet by Nigella because of her use of foot shaped cookie cutters she uses to make them, these foot shaped cookies are enjoying increasing popularity in the U.S.

Like most recipes, the roots of this one appear to be an old one originally passed on from person to person both orally and in writing.  And, especially with the advent of cookbooks and then the Internet, variations of it have been spread far and wide.

The same is true of these cheesy cookies

Of course, there is a creative aspect to cooking and numerous people, both ordinary and famous, have added to it and customized it before passing it on. 

The same is true of these cheesy cookies.  In my research I came across thousands of references to recipes for these cookies.  At the right is a sampling of some of the couple of dozen sites that I checked out while researching this Hub.  Check them out for variations on the basic recipe I provided above.

I have not had time to try my hand at making, let alone sampling any of these cookies/biscuits.

However, armed with over a dozen recipes I copied while researching this, I intend to try it soon.

Or, maybe, I will just print out the recipes and leave them on the counter in hopes that my wife will see them and make them for me.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      lilby  

      7 years ago

      it is yumo i am italian and we love cheese we almost whership cheese we make cheese evry day for 6 hous

    • Bizziebee profile image

      Bizziebee 

      8 years ago from La La land, California

      If it has cheese, I'm in. :)

    • profile image

      Bryan 

      8 years ago

      these sound delicious!

    • PierrePierre profile image

      PierrePierre 

      8 years ago

      Another wonderful hub! I love your recipe!

    • Alison Graham profile image

      Alison Graham 

      8 years ago from UK

      This recipe looks great, I am going to experiment with a gluten free version as a change from my gluten free cheese scones. Thanks!

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Sounds great but very different from the sweet treat we're used to! Thanks for the recipe.

    • abrarr profile image

      abrarr 

      8 years ago from USA

      yum yum yum. u have got a good hub there, keep up the good work

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      It sounds interesting and different.

    • ocbill profile image

      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      It does sound good. What comes to my mind are the cheddar melted cheese bagels but these will have a sweeter taste. Great idea!

      Thanks

    • profile image

      Nan 

      8 years ago

      Sounds good, and no sweet sugar. I think that I will try your receipe!

    • Andy Webb profile image

      Andy Webb 

      8 years ago

      The recipe is pretty much identical for when you make cheese straws, the only real differnce is the shape you choose to cut. As someone who has made cheese straws this way I can say they are delicious and are made even better if you combine a stronger cheese into the mix alonside the cheddar such as parmesan.

    • bobmnu profile image

      bobmnu 

      8 years ago from Cumberland

      This sounds like a simple and diffferent cookie. I may try it with my Grand daughters during our cooking time together.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)