Savory Shortbread Squares

December 4th, 2007


I got the idea for these from the December issue of Bon Appétit, which featured a recipe for Savory Parmesan Shortbread Rounds.  With that in mind, I changed the proportions a little, and used parmesan, paprika, and a little garlic powder, and these delicious little shortbread crackers were born! I will definitely be experimenting with more variations on this recipe — these were super easy and really good.


Savory Shortbread Squares

2/3 cups all purpose flour1 tbsp water
1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a food processor, combine all ingredients. Pulse until a solid lump of dough forms.
3. On a floured surface, roll dough out to 1/2″ thickness or less. Cut into squares (or any shape you want to use)!
4. Place shortbread squares on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Cook on a wire rack, and serve!

Makes about 3 dozen small squares.

Tags: appetizers · food

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Babeth // Dec 4, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Savory Shortbreads how original as such a winter treats!

  • 2 katy // Dec 4, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    thanks!!!  i can’t wait to make them with different flavors!

  • 3 Patricia Scarpin // Dec 4, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Congratulations on the new “Sugarlaws”, Katy!

    These squares look so good – you had me at “parmesan”!

  • 4 katy // Dec 4, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks!  And, yes, parmesan makes *everything* better.  I could eat it plain with a spoon (kind of gross, but true!).

  • 5 Kaykat // Dec 6, 2007 at 10:41 am

    These look awesome! I could totally do with a spicy version 🙂

  • 6 Deeba/Passionate baker // Dec 7, 2007 at 6:01 am

    WOW! Always love the idea of savoury baking. I can bake sweet stuff endlessly, but when it comes to eating, its savoury for me. Bookmarked this! Thank you :0)

  • 7 katy // Dec 7, 2007 at 10:37 am

    thanks everyone!!!

    kaykat — spicy would be delicious.  you could totally substitute the paprika for cayenne pepper if you wanted, but i will put my thinking cap on for other possibilities!

    deeba — me too!  somehow i feel less guilty eating savory things than sweet things — even if they’re still (just a little bit) packed with butter.  🙂

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