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Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies

Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies | Magnolia Days

A table of cookie samples was spotted from across the store. Distraction set in. It was difficult to concentrate on shopping when treats were waiting to be sampled. Restraint helped keep the task at hand. The moment of tasting finally arrived. Something was different. These were savory cookies. Oh wow! From that day until now, Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies have been on my to-bake list. The perfect excuse is all that was needed.

What was my excuse to bake this time? The Creative Cookie Exchange with a Red, White, and Blue theme. It is for the upcoming July 4th/Independence Day holiday. However, the colors are what resonated with me the most. Blue cheese plus red peppers equals a scrumptious fire cracking taste combination. These are spicy cookies for sure with both cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.

Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies | Magnolia Days

Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies are slice and bake. The dough is very crumbly when mixed and needs to be tightly pressed together then rolled to form a log. It should be chilled thoroughly too. The outside is coated with an egg wash and chopped walnuts right before slicing. Keep the slices chilled until baking. Take them out of the oven when they are lightly browned. And for those like me, try not to eat all of them yourself.

Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies | Magnolia Days

Are you ready to bake cookies? Scroll down to find a list for Red, White, and Blue ones by talented bakers. Click on the links to get the recipes. And if you want other July 4th recipes take a look at my Summer Berry Pizza and Red Velvet Brownies. Have a fun, safe, and tasty holiday!

Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies | Magnolia Days
4.29 from 14 votes

Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies

A recipe for Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies. These are savory, slice and bake cookies made with blue cheese, cayenne, and red pepper flakes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Renee


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 8 ounces blue cheese crumbles at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons water divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts


  1. Using an electric hand mixer, beat butter and blue cheese in a large bowl until combined and fluffy. (Or use a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater).
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Add to the butter/cheese mixture and mix until crumbly, about 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon water and mix until combined.
  3. Dump the dough onto a work surface and press it together tightly until it comes together in a ball. Roll dough into a log 2 inches thick by 10 inches long. Roll up the log with parchment or wax paper. Chill dough thoroughly, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment or non-stick liner.
  5. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash. Un-roll the log from the parchment and brush dough with egg wash.
  6. Spread the chopped walnuts on the parchment paper and roll the log over the nuts to coat it evenly.
  7. Cut the log into 1/3-inch slices. Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets and chill for 20 minutes.
  8. Bake for 18 minutes, or until lightly browned. Rotate baking sheet once during baking.
  9. Cook cookies on the baking sheet for 1 minute then transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Time stated does not include chilling dough.

Recipe adapted from Blue Cheese and Walnut Crackers by Ina Garten on the Food Network website.

The Creative Cooke Exchange theme this month is Red, White, and Blue. Independence Day is coming soon and we have to celebrate! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura via email (thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com) and she will get you added to our Facebook group where we coordinate events.

You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Facebook page, our Pinterest Board, and our monthly posts. You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:

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Recipe Rating

Kathy & Jim

Sunday 13th of August 2023

Unbelievably tasty. Addictive flavour. No need to ask about storage methods. They just can not be made and stay.


Sunday 29th of June 2014

Do these taste more like a cracker?


Monday 30th of June 2014

They have the savory flavor of a cracker but not being crispy/crunchy like one. The cookies are not sweet at all.

Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs

Saturday 21st of June 2014

Wow, I love that you went with a savory idea with this theme. These remind me that I need to bake more savory cookies, since I am always looking for a little something to go with a nice cold drink on the hot days here.


Monday 23rd of June 2014

Thanks Felice and they do go magnificently with a glass of wine or cocktail.


Friday 20th of June 2014

I haven't baked too much with savory cookies, but I usually find myself with leftover blue cheese. And now I know what to do with those leftovers.


Saturday 21st of June 2014

Thanks Carla and I have a feeling once you bake savory cookies you will find yourself wanting to try more variations.

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

Thursday 19th of June 2014

How good would those be with fresh pear slices? Yum!


Saturday 21st of June 2014

Very good and a glass of wine too would make it a tasty trio.