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Blue Cheese Walnut Cookies

Blue Cheese Walnut Cookies 30.000

Jonathan Ernst for The Washington Post

Holiday Cookies 2009 Dec 9, 2009

This is a refined, savory cookie that goes well with port or other after-dinner wine.

Make Ahead: Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 days. The dough can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. For best flavor, do not freeze the dough or the baked cookies.

Servings: 30 2-inch cookies
  • 3 1/2 ounces good-quality, mild blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Combine the blue cheese and butter in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until thoroughly blended.

Add the flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper; pulse until the dough resembles coarse meal. Add the walnuts and process until a moist dough is formed.

Gather the dough into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight, until thoroughly chilled and firm.

Roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Use 2-inch cookie cutters to cut out shapes. The dough can be rerolled. Transfer to the baking sheets, spacing the cookies 1 inch apart. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 12 to 14 minutes until lightly golden on the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving or storing.

Recipe Source

From Roger Potter, pastry chef at 701 Restaurant in Northwest Washington.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per cookie: 42

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 3g 5%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 5mg 2%

Sodium: 64mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 3g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 1g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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