Savoury Cheddar Shortbread

Cheddar ShortbreadOur buttery cheese shortbread has achieved legendary status at Covenant House gatherings and they are a personal favourite of our Executive Director Bruce Rivers. With a dash of cayenne heat, our rich savoury cookie pairs perfectly with soup for a decadent alternative to crackers or cornbread.

Try it with our Spicy Corn Chowder or our Peppery Apple Squash Soup.

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Flour, all purpose 3 cups
Cayenne pepper, ground 1 tsp.
Butter, salted, softened 1 cup
MacLaren’s Imperial Sharp Cold Pack Cheddar Cheese (250 grams container) 1/3 container
Cheddar, aged, finely grated 2 cups
Salt 1/2 tsp.
Milk, homogenized 1/2 cup
Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp.


20 pieces

Method for the Dough

  1. Sift together the flour and cayenne pepper.
  2. In a food processor add the flour mixture, cheddar cheese spread and butter. Pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, approximately 8 to 10 seconds.
  3. Add the grated cheese to the food processor. Pulse until well combined. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  4. Using a fork, stir in milk and Worcestershire sauce until well combined.
  5. Chill the dough until firm. Roll out dough to ¼-inch thickness.
  6. Using a festive cookie cutter, cut dough and transfer to a non stick cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350°F over for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and allow cooling before serving.


Stainless steel bowls, measuring spoons, measuring cups, kitchen knife, electric mixer with whip attachment, rolling pin, non-stick cookie sheet, cheese grater

* Special thanks to GTA-based food blog for lending a photo of a similar recipe.

2 thoughts on “Savoury Cheddar Shortbread

  1. Are the quantities for the Savoury cheddar Shortbread correct?

    • Covenant House Toronto

      Hi Rhona, Thank you for your eagle eyes. The quantities were incorrect, but they have now been corrected. Bon appétit!

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