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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Adapted from Southern Living Ultimate Christmas Cookbook
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