Sunday, 23 January 2011

Red Chilli Shortbread

I could not resist making these savoury 'Red chilli shortbreads' and I had a good excuse.
D said he may have some friends possibly come over. So I thought I'd make these again, as they would be perfect with a can of Tennents lager, bottle of beer or something like that. This recipe is exactly the same as the one I used for the Red Welsh Dragon Shortbread, except for the fact that I used a chilli pepper cutter and upped the chilli pepper ratio from 1/2 to 1 teaspoon.
I also wanted to share this beautiful red photograph. These were the last of my home-grown (window sill) sun-dried chillies from last year. Sadly all gone now.
For ease, I made these in a food processor. Also you can double the quantity below if you want to make a lot more.
Red Chilli Shortbread
Makes 16 - 18 other shapes
150g sharp cheddar cheese, grated
40g unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
1/2 - 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
130g plain white flour
1 - 2 teaspoons cold water (may not be necessary)
Preheat oven to Gas mark 6.
In a food processor, blend together the cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually add in the flour with the chilli flakes and mix thoroughly. You may or may not need it, so check and then add a teaspoon of water at a time to form a dough. If necessary, squeeze together with your hands to form the dough into a ball.
On a lightly floured surface, flatten the dough and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes with your chosen cookie cutter and place on an un-oiled baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges and bottom. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Recipe adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates.


  1. Another brilliant cookie cutter. I would love to see that kitchen drawer of yours- filled to the brim with cutters.

  2. Thanks for the Burns Night suggestions in the previous post. Love the red photo. These cheddar shortbreads would also be good with a nice, chilled glass of chardonnay.

  3. really cute cookies, i can use some of these spicy titbits in my mouth right now

  4. Such a lovely sounding name, I was drawn immediately. They sound delicious. And you have a chilli cookie cutter too?

  5. Almost makes me want to go out and buy (another)food processor...if I had someone else to help me eat the shortbread I would. But alas there's only me...and I'm eating way less carbohydrates these days. And with a beer...oh my my mouth is watering!

  6. I have just made these and they were very nice. I made pig shapes and even though I thought I put in enough chilli flakes,I couldn't taste them.
    Thank you for the recipe, this will be a recipe I will use a lot

  7. Yum! Foods with chilli are my favourite!

  8. Thanks Kath.
    Guess what my kitchen is so small so the cookie cutters do not live there. I have an adult version of a toy box that holds all my cookie cutters. I promise to blog about them one-day. I was planning to make some chilli brownies and cut them with this cookie cutter, but these shortbread bites had to be made sooner.

    Thank you Marian.
    I so agree a chilled glass of chardonnay would be excellent too and much more elegant that a pint of beer or can of Tennents :)

    Thank you Jean.
    I'd post you some, but they are best eaten on the day :(

    Thanks Choclette.
    I was originally going to make a chilli flavoured brownies and use the cookie cutter, but I just couldn't resist making these first.

    Thank you Theanne.
    Keep this recipe in mind for when you have guests coming over, then you can have some and share the rest :)

  9. Oh Sue - Thank you so much for letting me know.
    I am so pleased you liked them. Have you posted your 'chilli pigs' on you blog. I will have to link up if you have.

    I did air on the side of caution with the chilli ratio as I know not every one likes it hot. 1/2 teaspoon was not enough for me either, so I did up it to 1 teaspoon and you could just about taste the chilli but not so much that it was hot. Just adjust the chilli ratio or sub. with another spice: cumin seeds, or herbage to please your own tastebuds. I am so pleased to read that you will use it again. I will too. Please make it your own.

    Thank you Lela.
    You little hot chilli!

  10. What a lovely work
    Perfect finger food ♥

  11. Thanks Ana.
    They certainly were perfect for finger food.

  12. I like the sounds of these. Like you said, the perfect finger food.
    I just planted my Italian chilli seeds yesterday. I have high hopes for those hot little fellas, (and hope I can keep them alive!)

  13. Wow! That looks wickedly good!

  14. I have never had savoury shortbread before but these sounds very tasty! I have enjoyed chilli and cheese oatcakes before but I bet these are even better...

  15. Love this! Such a cute cookie cutter you have.

  16. They look great!
    I look forward to seeing the chocolate chilli brownie.

  17. Thanks cityhippyfarmgirl.
    Good luck with the Italian chilli seeds, hope they germinate and come to fruition. I've not always been that lucky and have in the past purchased raised plants from garden centres to get me started!

    Thanks Now Serving!

    OH Hazel.
    If you've enjoyed chilli and cheese oatcakes, I am so sure you will these these too. Best eaten on the day though.

    Thanks Anna A.
    I know I am like a kid with a toy.

    Thanks DuckEggBlue.
    The chocolate chilli brownies may not be that far away.

  18. love the look of these spicy cookies.

  19. Thank you so much Food Hunter.

  20. great photos - cute shortbreads but sound a bit spicy for my tastes - though probably just right to be washed down with a beer to cool the mouth

  21. Thank you Johanna.
    All taken by my darling husband. You can vary the spices with cumin or even herbage.

  22. Cookie cutters are such fun, Mango. I love that you keep yours in an "adult toy box" of sorts. I think I would love these crackers with their spicy heat and cheese, with a glass of Montepulciano, please!

  23. Thank you so much Barbara.
    I don't know if I have ever had Montepulciano. Must try it some day.

  24. They sound delicious! Gonna try them as soon as an opportunity arises!
    I did something similar a few years back but with mountain cheese and rosemary, also a great combination! :)

    (Just started reading your blog! "Amazing" doesn't begin to cover it!)

  25. Appletree,
    Lovely to make your acquaintance.
    Thank you so, so much for such a wonderful compliment. It really does give me a boost of positivity.

    I love the idea of rosemary in these too. I've tried herbs such as rosemary in oatcakes, but not cheesy shortbread.


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