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Can you help me perfect this Blue Cheese Walnut cookie recipe?

tcamp Dec 17, 2012 10:00 AM

I made this recipe and it was good, not great:

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I love savory cookies and I want to love these. I found rolling them a bit thinner than called for led to crispier cookies, which I preferred. But there was something missing flavor wise. Lemon, rosemary? Any ideas? I do not consider myself an experienced baker like many of you clearly are.

  1. Savour Dec 17, 2012 12:09 PM

    I"m thinking maybe a stronger blue cheese?

    I recently made these: http://www.food52.com/recipes/8010_fi...
    And I had to add some cream cheese to the dough (desert climate) but they were delicious and satisfying)

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      escondido123 Dec 17, 2012 01:42 PM

      I might use a stronger blue cheese and maybe add a second cheese like a Gruyere or Comte to round out the flavor. I also always toast the nuts first, and I prefer the flavor of pecans.(I wouldn't add lemon but rosemary might work.)

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      1. re: escondido123
        tcamp Dec 18, 2012 08:24 AM

        Toasting the nuts is a good idea and I generally do that with nuts for salads, pesto, etc.

      2. chefj Dec 17, 2012 05:27 PM

        Cayenne Pepper is a glaring omission to me.
        It really brings out the cheese flavor in baked goods.

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          foiegras Dec 17, 2012 06:04 PM

          That sounds good.

          How good a cheese did you use? There's not a lot going on in this cookie, so I'm thinking top-quality cheese and butter.

          I also prefer white pepper to black.

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            pine time Dec 18, 2012 07:46 AM

            I'm interested in making these, too. Are there any types/brands of stronger blue that ya'll recommend?

            1. re: foiegras
              tcamp Dec 18, 2012 08:23 AM

              I used Costco gorgonzola. It is definitely a milder cheese so perhaps a stronger blue would be better.

              1. re: foiegras
                chefj Dec 18, 2012 08:25 AM

                I do not think that you need a super high end Blue ie:Cabrales, Gorganzola, Stilton, Save that for eating.
                A good Danish Blue should be fine.
                I have made a very similar Biscuit and the Nuts and Cheese are complex enough.

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              escondido123 Dec 17, 2012 05:59 PM

              I also noticed the cookies are softer at first but get crisp overnight.

              1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 18, 2012 08:38 AM

                Agree that cayenne would be a great addition.

                Herb-wise, I'd use thyme (or even lemon thyme).

                You could try adding just a dash of worcestershire for an extra savory boost.

                Dare I suggest subbing bacon grease for for some of the butter?

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                  kengk Dec 18, 2012 08:40 AM

                  I'm making these this afternoon, I have a little knob of blue cheese in the refrigerator that has been begging to be eaten.

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                    kengk Dec 18, 2012 02:54 PM

                    They came out pretty good. I added a good amount of cayenne and did not use cornstarch. Also used a fairly strong Roquefort.

                    I did not roll them out and cut them. Formed them into a log in butcher paper, chilled, and sliced, mashed down with a fork.

                     
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