August 15, 2008

Savoury Herb and Pepper Cookies


Think of cookies and the first thing that generally comes to mind are sweet, round or shaped crunchy or crisp baked dough. I make different types of cookies quite often as my daughter loves home-made ones.
While I do enjoy the occasional cookie, I prefer savoury snacks to sweet as I have what I call a "savoury tooth" as opposed to the others here who have "sweet teeth"! So I'm always on the look out for something that’s salty (preferably a bit spicy too) as that perfect accompaniment to my tea.




This cookie is the result of some experimenting with some flavours we like. The butter and the pastry making sort of technique produce a flaky and and slightly crisp cookie.

Savoury Herb and Pepper Cookies


Ingredients:


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup salted butter, cold (cut into small pieces)

1/2 cup finely grated cheese

1 egg, beaten

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp freshly crushed pepper

1 tsp mixed herbs

1-2 tbsp chilled water



Method:


Rub the butter into the flour till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Now add the cheese, egg, pepper, herbs, baking powder, and enough of the chilled water to bind the mixture into a dough that comes together and can be rolled out. Do not knead or handle the dough much.



Put the dough onto a lightly floured surface, roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 190C for about 15 minutes till golden brown.

Cool on a rack and the cookies will be flaky and crisp on the outside. Serve with coffee or tea.



Variations:


You can use herbs of your choice like oregano, rosemary, basil or a mix of two herbs instead. Chives are another good thing to add. You could lightly flavour these cookies with garlic.

Leave out the black pepper and use red chilli flakes instead. Leave out the herbs altogether and use coarsely crushed cumin. The possibilities for different flavours/ flavour combinations are endless.

 
(Picture courtesy of Mellisa Anthony Jones at Wikimedia)

Today, in India, we are celebrating our 61st Independence Day.

Happy Independence Day and festive wishes to all who are celebrating Raksha Bandhan and observing Avani Avittam (like we are).

Have a wonderful weekend.

28 comments:

danamccauley said...

Sadly, I like savoury as well as sweet snacks. I suppose for me a balanced diet would be to have one these yummy morsels in one hand and a chocolate chip cookie in the other.

Divya Vikram said...

Havent tried savoury cookies..Time to try..love the diff shapes..

Jude said...

Never tried savory cookies. This could be an interesting and unusual side dish. So many possible flavor additions with this recipe.

sra said...

I just tasted a savoury cookie from a bakery the other day, v nice, but also tasted like onion pakoda! They looked like yours, tho' not the taste!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

That is an interesting cookie--I don't think I've ever had anything like it. I'll have to keep this in mind

Rosie said...

Oh these are wonderful savoury cookies - served with a little cheese and pickle -perfect!!

Rosie x

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi...
This is a very nice and different recipe. Looks so good. Love the shape of the cookies.

Happy Independence day!.....

Cynthia said...

Now this is the kind of cookie I can get behind.

I am not really into sweet stuff. I've bookmarked this and will definitely try it soon.

Rachel said...

I love home-made ones as well...

these herb cookies look good...

zlamushka said...

Aparna,
These savory thingies are lovable. better than any sweets :-)

Sunshinemom said...

Just sealing my friendship with you with a little badge! Do pick it up:)

Sireesha said...

lovely and delicious cookies

Vera said...

Aparna, Happy Independence Day!

Savory cookies look and sound great!

Rajani said...

lovely these cheese n herb cookies look great! my lil one also prefers savoury to sweet = looks simple enough for a timid baker such as me.

Nidhi said...

Love your cheese Herb cookies. Will surely try these out.

Sunshinemom said...

The list of ingredients tell me these have to taste good! Nice shape too:)

Arundathi said...

wow - gonna have to make this tomorrow!

Pearlsofeast said...

Aparna,I love this salted biscuit recipe and since I am tired of making the sweet ones,This sounds great dear.

Aparna said...

:D, Dana.

True, Jude. They're open to a lot of variations through addition.

Really, Sra. This one doesn't taste like an onion pakoda. Just chees and lots of calories.:)

I'm waiting to hear how they turned out, Mike, Cynthia and Arundati.

Friendship sealed, Harini.

Yes, these cookies are good if you like savoury, but lots of calories too.:(

Penny in Santa Barbara said...

I love your recipes & photos always.Your savory cookies look delicious. I have made savory cookies with curry powder. I served them successfully to adults as appetizers with wine. My granddaughter liked them as a change from overly sweet cookies. The simple recipe is 3/4 cup butter, 2 T sugar, 1 tsp each salt and curry powder, 1/4 tsp each turmeric and cayenne and 1-1/4 c flour. Since I thought that was too much butter, I changed the recipe to half soy oil and half butter to make up 3/4 of a cup.

Aparna said...

Penny, thanks for the compliment.:)
And that recipe. I love savoury cookies and I shall try it and post about them.

musicaldruid said...
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musicaldruid said...

Try this again. :)

OMG!!!!! I love these!!!! Okay, I did a little addition to them, I added a can of drained and chopped Italian stewed tomatoes and 1/2 cup of flavored bread crumbs to a double batch but this is a recipe that will be added to my list of cookies to make again and again. Too good for mere words. Thank you so much for posting the recipe!!!

Aparna said...

Your additions sound good. I'm happy these cookies worked for you. :)
Always happy to share a good recipe.

MLM said...

I read your savoury herb and pepper cookies....could I substitute chickpea flour with all-purpose flour and add finely chopped red chilli (fresh) instead of ground black pepper?
Tks

Aparna said...

MLM, I'm not too sure how chickpea flour would work. The texture of the cookie would be very different and probably too dense. Perhaps you could try subbing about a 1/4 of the all purpose flour with chickpea flour but I cannot guarantee success.
You could add red chillies, but I think flakes red chillies might give a better flavour.

Michael [KyotoFoodie] said...

Ohh, these sound yummy! I too really like savory and pepper. I love the teardrop shape too.

Aparna said...

Thanks. :)