Imaging it’s happy hour: chilled white wine & smooth red wine are awaiting their destiny, gin tonics & vodka tonics are mixed or whatever else – in the very middle of all the drinks sits a plate w/ crispy crumbly cheesy spicy shortbread cookies…
We’re only mixing flour, Parmesan, pepper & salt… & rosemary!
Join me when I roll up my sleeves & get to work…
Once again: we only need 4 components:
- ice-cold butter
- freshly grated Parmesan
- spicy kick: salt & pepper & dried rosemary.
Just start w/ mixing all the dry ingredients including the Parmesan. (Well – of course: grate the Parmesan beforehand!)
Add the cubed butter & start kneading… Hurry up!
Form a ball of dough & stretch it into a clumsy log. Wrap in cling film & roll the log to get it even & round & smooth. My final log was about 25 cm long. Put it in the fridge: at least for 30 min in the near-zero department (or longer in the rest of the fridge).
In the meantime line 2 baking trays w/ baking parchment. Then preheat the oven to 160° C w/ fan.
As soon as the dough is hard enough cut it into slices of max 5 mm. It’s not evenly round anymore: live w/ it or roll the dough log again & again when cutting slices. Place the slices on the baking trays (4 x 5). I managed to get about 35 slices.
Bake them in oven for about 13-15 min. The shortbread should be slightly brown.
A rich flavor fills your kitchen & all of your house. The Parmesan is very intense.
The shortbread is soft & crispy at the same time. It’s very crumbly – handle w/ care! It’s also very rich – just the right nibble for a hefty happy hour to go w/ proper drinks.
Put them in an airtight container for storage.
If you like a less intense flavour just take less grated Parmesan or work w/ a mild Parmesan. You may substitute flour for Parmesan. If you like it somewhat less rich just reduce the butter by about 20%.
The businesswoman w/ too many office hours thinks
It’s an easy process w/ fast results… I think it’s such a rich shortbread that once prepared it’ll be enough for more than 1 happy hour event. In case it survives from day to day because it’s a delicious little treat in between.