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Spicy Cheese Thumbprints with Goat Cheese and Pepper Jelly

Who knew that cookies could be savory? I did! These flaky cookies are really cheese thumbprints, full of flavor and spice, and with creamy goat cheese on top with a sweet and spicy pepper jelly, they are the perfect bite!

Who knew that cookies could be savory? I did! These cheesy, flaky cookies are full of flavor and spice and with creamy goat cheese on top with a sweet and spicy pepper jelly, they are the perfect bite! Spicy Cheese Thumbprints with Goat Cheese and Hot Pepper Jelly Recipe | Take Two Tapas | #Cookies #Thumbprints #Spicy #CheeseCrackers #HotPepperJelly #GoatCheese

When I am in the mood for something sweet, I can’t help but go for a cookie.  That perfect blend of richness with your favorite sweet flavor nestled in it.  

But whoever thought that you can satisfy your savory craving with a cookie too?  When snacking comes front and center in my brain, it is usually for something salty.  Pretzels do the trick. Or a couple slices of cheese.

In this recipe, I am combining all the ways to satisfy my monstrous cravings into one perfect bite.  The saltiness of a few slices of cheese, the creaminess of the goat cheese, the spiciness of the pepper jelly, all delivered in a cookie!  

Albeit a savory cheese thumbprint cookie, but I can still say that I snacked on cookies…

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Who knew that cookies could be savory? Spicy Cheese Thumbprints with Goat Cheese and Hot Pepper Jelly Recipe | Take Two Tapas | #Cookies #Thumbprints #Spicy #CheeseCrackers #HotPepperJelly #GoatCheese

These cookies start with my Pimento Cheese Straw dough.  I know you already have some stored in your fridge or your freezer for a future party.  I do!!! I always have some on hand.  Armed with my trusty play dough shaping tool, and I can whip some out in no time.  

But instead of making more dirty dishes, I just pinch off a piece, roll it into a ball, and press my thumb down.  Much tastier than “putting your foot down!”

Bake the cheese thumbprint cookies in the oven and then cool.  You can make them ahead of time and store until you are ready to serve them.  No last minute baking to do!

You may think that these are like other cheese wafers out there.  They may be the same “in theory,” but not in their soul!  These are cheese thumbprints that are ready to party!  

A little fat and “sassy-ed” up with some goat cheese, not to mention that little kick on top!  Hot pepper jelly will pull you in like the Hokey Pokey song.  You think you don’t want to dance but can’t help yourself from moving your foot when the song tells you to put your left one in!

Spicy Cheese Thumbprints with Goat Cheese and Hot Pepper Jelly Recipe | Take Two Tapas | #Cookies #Thumbprints #Spicy #CheeseCrackers #HotPepperJelly #GoatCheese

Grab yourself some coffee, a cocktail, or a big glass of milk and start shoveling these cheese thumbprint cookies in your mouth.  You can save the other half of the cheese straw dough recipe for the thumbprints you actually take to the party instead of eating all by yourself.

close up spicy cheese thumbprints on a cutting board

Spicy Cheese Thumbprints with Goat Cheese and Hot Pepper Jelly

Yield: 36 thumbprints
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Who knew that cookies could be savory? I did! These cheesy, flaky cookies are full of flavor and spice and with creamy goat cheese on top with a sweet and spicy pepper jelly, they are the perfect bite!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Take your pimento cheese straw dough and divide into 36, 1-inch balls.
  3. Place on a silicone baking sheet or parchment-lined baking sheet and press down with your thumb to make the signature thumbprint depression in the cookie.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges start to brown slightly. Oven times may vary so you might want to bake one or two to see if the timing is right. The outside should be slightly crispy with some tenderness to the middles.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  6. When cool, spread a teaspoon of goat cheese into the depression.
  7. Spoon hot pepper jelly over the cookies. You might need to warm the jelly up on the stove or a quick run in the microwave to loosen it up a bit. I usually just take the lid off (metal) and nuke it for about 20 seconds and stir. Then I can just put the lid back on when I am done. No extra dirty dishes.
  8. Serve to your favorite people!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 16Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Sweet and Spicy Pimento Cheese Bread

Pimento Cheese Straws

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Kristl Story

Friday 8th of April 2016

Oh my goodness...I could spend all afternoon looking at your recipes! As soon as I saw the Spicy Cheese Thumbprints with Goat Cheese, I was hooked! Thanks for joining me on the West Palm Beach Food Tour this afternoon as we ate our way through the culinary landscape of downtown.

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Monday 25th of April 2016

Thanks for a great tour and I am so glad that you like the cheese thumbprints! See you on our next visit to WPB!

Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah

Monday 4th of April 2016

Love the flavors here! I have a neighbor who always seems to have pepper jelly on hand - she's going to love these!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Friday 22nd of April 2016

Love the sweet and spicy contrast!

Laura

Monday 4th of April 2016

These look so good! I love the sweet and hot chile pepper jam with the cookie--that is genius.

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Friday 22nd of April 2016

I love sweet and spicy together!

Marye

Monday 4th of April 2016

Yum! These look delicious, perfect as a snack or an appetizer!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Friday 22nd of April 2016

Thanks Marye!

Kaitie

Monday 4th of April 2016

What a great appetizer or part of a lunch! The savoury flavours compliment the goatcheese and pepper jelly well!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Friday 22nd of April 2016

Can't go wrong with those flavors!