Cheddar Pepper-Jelly Thumbprint Cookies - Mountain Cravings

Cheddar Pepper-Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Cheddar Pepper-Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Savory cookies kinda feel like cheating… mostly because I can eat them a whole handful at a time like crackers. No sugar! They’re practically good for you! Right? Right!

Think goldfish-cheddar-cracker meets sweet-spicy-jelly meets the easiest five-ingredient thumbprint cookie. These make me want to invite anyone and everyone over for a good wine night! Anyone feeling like a trip to the Rockies, let’s say 7pm?

Cheddar Pepper-Jelly Thumbprint Cookies | Mountain Cravings

Can’t-stop-won’t-stop with pepper jelly. It’s just so good on everything. My favorite is Trader Joe’s hot & sweet pepper jelly and it’s more of a staple in our fridge than ketchup.

I’ve also been caught smearing it on a slice of brie… just a slice of brie… more than once. No shame.

Cheddar Pepper-Jelly Thumbprint Cookies | Mountain Cravings

This week has been the best-worst kind of busy. So much stuff getting done but so much left to do! Sometimes, the best we can do is stress-bake away our feelings and invite our friends over for cookies and wine. It’s not a bad start.

Cheddar Pepper-Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
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Serves: 3 dozen
  • 6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 t. coarse salt
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup pepper jelly
  1. Cream together cheddar and butter. Incorporate salt and cayenne, then slowly add flour until dough forms and sticks together.
  2. Turn dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap and press into a log about 1½ inches thick. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Unwrap dough and slice into ¼-inch rounds.
  5. Place cookies on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet at least 1 inch apart.
  6. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and press a thumbprint into the center of each cookie. Spoon pepper jelly into each indent and return to the oven.
  7. Continue baking at 350° until edges are crisp, about 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely on baking sheets before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
3 dozen servings per container
Serving size 1 cookie

Amount per serving
Calories 59
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 100mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 2g

Vitamin D mcg 0%
Potassium mg 0%
Not a significant source of calcium, or iron.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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