Baked Sunday Mornings: Lemon Parmesan Pepper Icebox Cookies

by byn on July 13, 2014

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Lemon Parmesan Cookies

Our assignment this week was a savoury shortbread cookie with three flavours: lemon, pecorino cheese and black pepper. This actually didn’t seem strange to me, as Barefoot Contessa has a recipe in one of her books for a parmesan thyme savoury shortbread, which she refers to as a cracker. My more pressing concern was all the lemon up in this recipe (I’m not the biggest citrus fan) and the full tablespoon of cracked black pepper.

I wimped out a little bit and put about half the amount of lemon zest and a quarter the amount of black pepper in the dough. I also substituted parmesan for pecorino, because I had it in the fridge. I had my usual problem with slice and bake cookies, which is that I can never seem to roll my dough into a nicely shaped log, and then it usually has a flat edge from where it sat in the fridge. Anyone have any insights on how to deal with that?

This is a weird little cookie. Even with the fraction of the lemon zest I added, I found the lemon was the overpowering flavour. I couldn’t taste the parmesan at all, but it probably just added a bit more of a salty edge. I also thought they were a bit too sweet. I didn’t really like them on their own, but channeling Ina, I considered them as a cracker, and paired them with some green grapes, sliced apple, and honey cheddar. They were great this way, and now I can see them as part of a cheese board or platter.

You can find the recipe here!

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Dafna | Stellina Sweets July 14, 2014 at 11:20 pm

They definitely are different! I think I was the only one who truly liked these. It’s so interesting how we all taste different things in these recipes– mine were barely sweet, for example. I think as far as the oval shape, if you take the dough out of the fridge every now and then (while it’s chilling) and roll it lightly, that might help smooth it out. Happened to mine too!


Susan July 14, 2014 at 12:32 am

I wasn’t brave enough to try these, but I think you found the perfect way to serve them, I always have the same problem with refrigerator cookies, so if you find a good solution, let me know!

Have a great week!


Chelly July 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Very cleaver!


Chelly July 13, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Very clever! Oh geesh!


SandraM July 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Yay for inner Ina!! “She’s” pretty darn smart. :) I think these would be great as part of a cheese plate.


Littlebakerbunny July 13, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Great idea to make these part of a cheese plate — and your spread looks so lovely!


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