Do ahead appetizer for entertaining! These flaky, cheesy bites are easy to make and store well.
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1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash ground red pepper
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg (white only)
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Combine flour, butter, salt and red pepper in bowl; beat at medium speed until dough forms. Add cheese; mix until ball forms. Shape dough into disk; wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. (It will be hard to roll at first, but will soften. Press together any cracks that form on edges of dough.) Cut dough with 1 1/2-inch cookie cutters or pizza cutter into desired shapes. Place onto ungreased baking sheets.
Beat egg white and water together in bowl. Brush cut-outs with egg wash; sprinkle with seeds.
Bake 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Immediately loosen from pan; let cool on pan.
Shortbread can be topped with a variety of other ingredients such as chili powder, seasoned salt, fennel seed or herbs.
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We provided the appetizers for my daughter's wedding reception and these were a hit. I used a small heart shaped cookie cutter. I now have to make them whenever the family gets together. They're a good make ahead for the holidays too.
I had trouble getting this to form into dough so I added 2 tbsp melted butter. I divided dough into half made long rolls about 1" diameter, wrapped in wax paper and put in freezer for 1/2 hr. I then cut them like refrigerator cookies 1/4" thick & topped with the suggested sesame and poopy seeds. Less mess and faster method of making these. They were great!
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