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Savory Cheddar Cheese Cookies

As I am writing this, the current temperature here in Minnesota is -11 F (-23C). This isn’t your average cold:

  • It’s the kind of cold that makes your nose hairs freeze when you inhale.
  • It’s the kind of cold that makes your skinny rings fit on your fatter fingers.
  • It’s the kind of cold that makes you want to bake something just so you can turn your oven on.

Which is exactly what I did today.

What Are Cheddar Cheese Cookies?

Don’t let the name of this recipe deceive you. These aren’t your typical cookies. They’re savory cookies, not sweet.

They’re kind of a cross between a cheese biscuit and cheese crackers. But the texture is like a buttery cookie.

They are absolutely delicious and addicting. They go great with soup, but can be eaten on their own as a snack.

These cookies are best made with sharp cheddar cheese. Extra sharp if you can find it. I like a bit of bite to my cookie.

If you’re more fond of pepper jack cheese, no problem! Try these savory pepper jack cookies.

Make a batch of these cookies and include them on a party appetizer board.

It’s looking like it’s going to be a long winter here in Minnesota. My favorite coping mechanism is to turn on the oven and bake something.

What do you do to stay warm on the coldest days of winter?

Make these savory cheddar cheese cookies. They're great with soup or simply eaten on their own.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

You are probably not alone if you questioned my sanity when you read this post’s title. But, if you enjoyed other sweet and salty desserts (like salted caramel or chocolate covered pretzels) and other cheesy desserts (like cream cheese frosting or cheesecake), pairing chocolate chip cookies with melted cheese isn’t such a huge stretch. Chocolate chip cookies and melted cheese are a mash-up that was meant to be; the stretchy, oozey cheese and the melty chocolate chips together are a playground for your palate.

What’s best is that chocolate chip cookie grilled cheese sandwiches are super easy to make, so even if you don’t like them, you won’t have wasted hours of time or lots of money.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Two similarly-sized chocolate chip cookies per sandwich – Use your favorite recipe or one of mine, such as brown butter praline chocolate chip cookies or chocolate chip cookies I made with cacao nibs.
  • Cheese that melts well – You can use classic American cheese or get fancy. The cheese in the photo is herve mons pave du norde. I hadn’t heard of it before I made the cookies. I asked a cheesemonger at Whole Foods what would work best in a chocolate chip cookie grilled cheese sandwich. While I got quite the look for that question, she gave me a fantastic recommendation. My cookies were not very salty and the cheese was incredibly salty, yielding a perfect pairing.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut cheese into thin slices and place between two cookies.
  3. Place cookie sandwiches onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for five minutes or until cheese is melted.

Tip: This method works even better if the cookies are still hot from the oven. The cheese will melt very quickly and you may not even have to put the cookies in the oven.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Grilled Cheese Sandwich Version 2

In my original concept for chocolate chip cookie grilled cheese sandwiches, I grilled the chocolate chip cookie dough instead of starting with baked chocolate chip cookies. I cooked two small balls of chocolate chip cookie dough on a hot griddle, flattening them as they were cooking. They ended up looking a bit like pancakes. When the first side was done, I flipped them and let them cook a little longer. Then, I topped one of the cookies with cheese and pressed the other one on top to make a sandwich.

The flaw in this method was that middle of the cookie didn’t always get cooked before the edges started to burn. If you like underdone chocolate chip cookies, this may not be such a problem for you. The gooey cookies with crispy edges and gobs of chocolate may be just what you are looking for.

Variations

Thinking about making grilled cheese with cookies instead of bread opens up a whole world of possibilities. What other types of cookies do you think would work well, and which cheese would you use? Leave me a comment and let me know!

You are probably not alone if you questioned my sanity when you read this post's title. But, if you enjoyed other sweet and salty desserts (like salted