Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread

Shortbread is a beloved classic in the world of baked goods, with its rich, buttery flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture. But what if we told you that you could take this beloved treat and give it a spicy twist? Enter the Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread! This unique recipe combines the comforting warmth of shortbread with the fiery kick of jalapeños and the savory goodness of cheese. It’s a delightful fusion of flavors that will keep your taste buds dancing. Whether you’re looking for a new addition to your snack repertoire or a delightful party appetizer, this recipe has got you covered. So, let’s dive into the world of Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread!


For the Shortbread:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh jalapeños, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

For Topping (optional):

  • Extra pickled jalapeños slices for garnish
  • A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare the Dough:In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, pickled jalapeños, fresh jalapeños, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix these ingredients until they are well incorporated.
  2. Add the Flour:Gradually add the all-purpose flour to the mixture. Continue to mix until the dough comes together and forms a ball.
  3. Shape the Shortbread:Divide the dough in half. Roll each portion into a log shape, about 2 inches in diameter. If you want to get creative, you can roll the logs in additional grated Parmesan cheese for an extra burst of flavor.
  4. Chill the Dough:Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Chilling the dough will make it easier to slice and maintain its shape during baking.
  5. Preheat the Oven:While the dough is chilling, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  6. Slice and Bake:Once the dough has chilled, take it out of the refrigerator. Slice it into rounds, about 1/4 inch thick. If you want a spicy topping, add a pickled jalapeño slice and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to each shortbread round.
  7. Bake:Place the shortbread rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
  8. Cool and Enjoy:Allow the Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, these delectable treats are ready to be enjoyed!


Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread Dippers:

If you want to take this recipe up a notch, turn it into dippers for your favorite dipping sauces. Simply cut the shortbread into narrow strips or sticks before baking. These dippers are perfect for enjoying with salsa, guacamole, or a spicy queso dip.


  • For extra heat, adjust the amount of cayenne pepper or use spicier varieties of fresh jalapeños.
  • If you prefer a milder version, consider removing the seeds from the fresh jalapeños before chopping them.
  • You can make the shortbread dough in advance and keep it in the refrigerator for a day or two, making it a great option for party planning.

The Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread is a delightful twist on a classic treat. The buttery, savory, and slightly spicy flavor will make this shortbread a new favorite in your household. Whether you serve it as an appetizer at your next gathering or keep it all to yourself for a spicy snack, it’s a recipe that’s sure to impress. So, don’t hesitate to give it a try and let your taste buds savor the delightful fusion of flavors. This recipe is proof that sometimes, the best creations come from a little culinary experimentation. Enjoy your Cheesy Jalapeño Shortbread!

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