Lemon, Dill and Havarti Wafers 64.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Holiday Cookies 2013 Dec 4, 2013

The citrus lightens these savory cheese crisps.

Make Ahead: The logs of dough need to be refrigerated for at least 3 hours or up to overnight or frozen for up to 2 months. The wafers can be stored between layers of wax paper in an airtight container for up to 2 days. (Freezing the baked wafers is not recommended.)

64 cookies

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Tested size: 64 cookies

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 ounces havarti cheese, preferably with dill, grated
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest


Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together on a sheet of wax paper.

Combine the cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer; beat on medium speed until well incorporated and smooth. Stop to scrape down the bowl.

Add the dill and lemon zest; beat on medium speed to incorporate. Reduce the speed to low; gradually add the flour mixture, beating just long enough to form a soft dough with no visible traces of flour (about 1 minute).

Divide the dough in half. Lay a large piece of piece of plastic wrap on the counter or inside a rimmed baking sheet and place half of the dough at the center. Roll to form a log that's 8 inches long by 1 inch wide. Repeat with the remaining dough. Wrap both securely and refrigerate for 3 hours or up to overnight.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees. Line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Working with one log of dough at a time, use a small serrated tomato knife to create 32 slices, arranging them 1 inch apart on the baking sheets as you work.

Bake one sheet at a time for 15 minutes until lightly browned; a bit of butter will be bubbling at the edges of the wafers. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Slice and Bake Cookies: Fast Recipes From Your Refrigerator or Freezer," by Elinor Klivans (Chronicle, 2013).

Tested by Leanne Guido.

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