I made these cookies a few days ago using the recipe from my friend Nur’s newly launched blog in Turkish. I posted the picture bragging about my accomplishment on AZ Cookbook’s facebook page. Requests for English and Azerbaijani translation ensued soon after, which was expected, I think not because the picture was grand (you see the same picture here), but because “cheese” in the name of the cookies made everyone wonder how they taste - cheese, hmm. I would have wondered too. You can enjoy these delicious savory treats with a cup of hot sweetened tea, with a glass of cold milk, or just plain - good all the way. Nur, thank you for the recipe!
Savory Cheese Cookies
Adapted from Damla Sakizim blog
Makes about 40 cookies
For the Dough:
3 cups (or more, as needed) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
8.8 oz (250 g) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature (do not heat and melt!)
6 heaped tablespoonfuls of grated Mozzarella cheese
1 egg white
For the top:
1 egg yolk (or 2 if small)
First, prepare the dough. In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups flour, salt, butter, cheese and egg white. Mix with your hand then knead, adding more flour if necessary. Take care not to add too much flour or the dough will be tough. It should be pleasant to touch, elastic but not sticky.
Divide the dough into 2 balls. Cover them with a kitchen towel and let rest for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Working with one ball at a time, roll the dough into a 1/3-inch think circle or square. Using cookie cutters, cut into shapes of your choice. Arrange the cookies on the baking sheet.
Brush the tops with the egg yolk and sprinkle with some paprika.
Bake about 30 minutes, or until light golden.
Allow to cool completely before serving.