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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Blue Cheese Currant Shortbread Rounds



I was checking Facebook the other day and found a shortbread baking contest over at sophistimom being sponsored by Challenge Butter.  Those participating have to use the basic recipe Jaime, the sophistimom, has posted and then we have to tweak it and make it our own.

Here is the original recipe:
2 sticks butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
Mix and bake 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Here is what I did to change it:
Blue Cheese Currant Shortbread Rounds 
2 sticks butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbls finely chopped chives
3 Tbls currants
3 oz cream cheese
1 1/2 oz blue cheese
2 tsp heavy cream
Cream the butter and sugar.  Add the flour and salt.  Mix in the chives and currants.  Roll out on top of plastic wrap to form 1/4 inch thick rectangle. (this step eliminates the need for flour on the counter and makes it easy to roll up). 
 
Combine the blue cheese, cream cheese and heavy cream in a bowl until smooth.  Spread it out all over the  top of the shortbread dough.  Roll it up like cinnamon rolls.


Slice into 1/4 inch slices and put on a cookie sheet ( I highly  recommend you use a Silpat or other silicon baking sheet liner, but it's not necessary). 
 
Bake 325 degrees for 17-19 minutes.  You want these a little bit brown around the edges.  The chives and cheese caramelize on the bottom and create an amazing foil to the sweetness of the shortbread and currants.




These would be great to serve at a New Year's Eve party.

2 comments:

A Year on the Grill said...

I love swirly things... This sounds like a winner to me... when can we vote???

Sue Sparks said...

Very original and ambitious! I'm going to have to take up the challenge!

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