Cheesy Thumbprint Appetizers with Hot Pepper Jelly


Beautiful and delicious, these savory but sweet little appetizer ‘cookies’ are easy to make and sure to be a huge hit at your next party!

Original recipe makes 20 cookies


2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons chilled butter, chopped
1/2 cup hot pepper jelly

  • PREP

    15 mins

  • COOK

    10 mins


    55 mins


  1. Blend Cheddar cheese, flour, and butter in a food processor until dough is a coarse-meal texture and forms into a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven; press thumb into top of each ball, creating an indentation. Spoon about 1 teaspoon pepper jelly into indentation. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 5 minutes.


Calories: 119 kcal
Carbohydrates: 10.2 g
Cholesterol: 21 mg
Fat: 7.3 g
Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 3.5 g
Sodium: 97 mg