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Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints are savory appetizers just bursting with sharp cheddar cheese and filled with sweet and spicy jalepeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies.

Cheddar Jalapeño Jelly Thumbprints ~ these savory appetizers are bursting with sharp cheddar and filled with sweet and spicy jalapeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies | FiveHeartHome.com

No, you are not experiencing déjà vu. Yes, I just posted a recipe for Thumbprint Cookies right before Christmas. But I thought it might be fun to stick with the theme and show y’all that not only are sweet thumbprint treats perfectly delightful, but you can also make a savory, cheesy, peppery, nutty variation that will knock your socks off!

Cheddar Jalapeño Jelly Thumbprints ~ these savory appetizers are bursting with sharp cheddar and filled with sweet and spicy jalapeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies | FiveHeartHome.com

New Year’s is right around the corner and I’ve got appetizers on the brain, people. In fact, if you were merry-making for Christmas and missed the round-up of New Year’s Eve recipes I shared a couple of days ago, hurry over and check it out now for an outstanding collection of cocktails, mocktails, appetizers, and sweets! But I digress…back to the tasty little appetizers at hand.

Cheddar Jalapeño Jelly Thumbprints ~ these savory appetizers are bursting with sharp cheddar and filled with sweet and spicy jalapeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies | FiveHeartHome.com

These Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints involve a simple dough made of flour, butter, and lots of cheese…two kinds, in fact: both sharp cheddar and salty Parmesan. After coming together in the food processor, the dough is chilled, formed into balls, rolled in nuts, and then imprinted and filled with flavorful dollops of jalapeño jelly.

Cheddar Jalapeño Jelly Thumbprints ~ these savory appetizers are bursting with sharp cheddar and filled with sweet and spicy jalapeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies | FiveHeartHome.com

The resulting appetizers are salty and sweet with a smidgeon of heat. With crunchy, toasty pecan exteriors and tender, cheese-infused interiors, the contrast of flavors and textures will pleasantly surprise anyone who bites into one of these yummy treats!

Cheddar Jalapeño Jelly Thumbprints ~ these savory appetizers are bursting with sharp cheddar and filled with sweet and spicy jalapeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies | FiveHeartHome.com

If you’re a make-ahead kind of gal/guy, you can prep your thumbprint appetizers on the cookie sheet ahead of time, cover, and refrigerate until close to serving time. These don’t have to eaten warm, but I do recommend serving them the same day that you make them. The nuts will be nice and crunchy straight out of the oven, which makes for fresher tasting snacks.

Cheddar Jalapeño Jelly Thumbprints ~ these savory appetizers are bursting with sharp cheddar and filled with sweet and spicy jalapeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies | FiveHeartHome.com

If you’re a fan of traditional Thumbprint Cookies, I think you will love this savory twist on a classic! If you’ve never had jalapeño jelly, pairing it with the flavor of sharp cheddar makes for an excellent introduction. And if you’re on the hunt for some new app ideas — whether for New Year’s Eve or any ol’ finger food occasion — Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints are sure to be a winner!

Cheddar Jalapeño Jelly Thumbprints ~ these savory appetizers are bursting with sharp cheddar and filled with sweet and spicy jalapeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies | FiveHeartHome.com

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints

Yield: 18 to 24 appetizers

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints are savory appetizers just bursting with sharp cheddar cheese and filled with sweet and spicy jalepeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (yellow or white cheddar)
  • 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups toasted pecans, finely chopped or ground
  • 1/4 cup jalapeño pepper jelly

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a large food processor, process grated cheddar, butter, Parmesan, and egg yolk until blended. Add flour, cayenne, and salt; pulse until dough forms a ball, scraping down sides as necessary. Turn dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Form into a disc, tightly wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove dough from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour finely chopped nuts into a bowl. Place reserved egg white in another bowl. Roll dough into 1-inch balls (I use a small cookie scoop to help portion it). Dip each ball in beaten egg white and then roll in nuts, gently pressing to coat. Space appetizers 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Use your thumb or the tip of a spoon to make an indentation in the top of each dough ball. Use a 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon to carefully fill each indentation with jelly. Bake appetizers for 14 to 16 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Notes

To toast pecans, spread on a sheet pan and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until fragrant and lightly toasted.

I use a food processor (or blender) to grind my pecans into tiny pieces, since it's quicker and easier than chopping nuts finely with a knife.

These appetizers taste their best when they are fresh out of the oven. If you need to make them ahead of time, I recommend preparing the appetizers on your cookie sheets as directed (rolling the dough into balls, coating with nuts, filling with jelly), covering tightly with plastic wrap, and then refrigerating for a day or two until you plan to serve them. Up to a few hours before serving, take the cookie sheets out of the fridge and allow to come to room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes, then bake as directed until golden brown and serve on the same day. These are still good after a day or two, but the nuts are not as crunchy so they taste better fresh.

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Adapted from Southern Living Ultimate Christmas Cookbook

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Comments

  1. OMG!!! Thank you!!!! I have my BIG family DO on the first. Albeit there are some who are mighty sick right now. Anyway I have been looking at appetizers and changing my mind 15 times. Two are for sure
    and I have the ingredients bought. And I know I want one hot dip—well maybe. THIS is perfect.
    I didn’t just pin it. I printed it, because I am going to the grocery store tonight. THANK YOU. What’s cool is that I always make thumb print cookies for Xmas. This year I wasn’t going to do it. Well now I am, but just a different version. I am chortling here.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so glad you’re planning to try these, Carol, and that they’re going to fill this year’s thumbprint cookie deficit…but I’m so sorry to hear that some of your family members have been sick! 🙁 I hope that everyone is on the mend soon, that y’all had a wonderful Christmas, and that your 2015 holds nothing but the best! 🙂

  2. Wow! This is so incredibly creative! I think I would love to dig into these with a big bowl of chili! Pinned.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Mmmmm, Kristen…that’s a really good idea! These would be great with chili! Thanks so much for the pin. Hope you have a wonderful week! 🙂

  3. Oh My Gosh Samantha! I love this savory version of a thumbprint cookie! Genius!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Martha! It took me a moment to become accustomed to biting into a thumbprint cookie that wasn’t sweet, but I adjusted quickly and polished off more of these than I can count! 😉 Ha. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a happy Friday!

  4. These are brilliant!! I was so excited to stumble across these on Pinterest. I have a co-worker who does not like sweets at all (I know, weird!) and always complains when I bring cookies for everyone else. I can’t wait to make these and bring them to work for her! You are a super genius!! 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Jo and Sue! I hope your co-worker enjoys these if you have a chance to make them for her. Personally, I have a hard time comprehending the concept of ‘not liking sweets,’ but these little thumbprints are pretty tasty either way! 😉 Hope you have a great week!

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