2013 Holiday Recipe Contest Grand Prize Winner: Buttery Monterey Jack Cookies with Pepper and Cocoa Nibs

  • Chef: Deb Ryan
  • Ready in: 40 minutes, active time
  • Serves: 5 or more
  • Complexity: easy
2013 Holiday Recipe Contest Grand Prize Winner: Buttery Monterey Jack Cookies with Pepper and Cocoa Nibs

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 Cups finely grated Rumiano Dry Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 Cup cacao nibs

Directions

1-In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add the butter and brown sugar. Beat until combined and the butter is light yellow, 2-3 minutes. Add the egg yolks one at a time, combining throughly after each addition. Stop and scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the flour, salt and pepper and on low speed mix until the flour is throughly incorporated in the dough. Add the finely grated Rumiano Dry Monterey Jack Cheese and mix until combined and the dough comes together around the paddle attachment. Stop and scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl to make sure all the ingredients are mixed together. 2-On a lightly floured work surface form the dough into a uniform shaped log that is 12 inches long. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the egg white and water. With a pastry brush coat the entire length of the cookie dough, turning to coat all sides. Roll the log in cacao nibs, turning to coat all sides. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for two hours before baking. 3- Heat the oven to 350°. Line a sheet pan with parchment. Cut the chilled log into uniform slices 1/3” thick. Place the slices on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing them 1” apart. Bake for 15-18 minutes, just until the bottom edges of the cookies begin to turn brown. Cool on the sheet pan for 5 minutes and then move to a cooling rack to finish cooking.

Comments (3)

  • Brenda

    Brenda

    09 January 2014 at 20:51 |
    Could you please tell me what cacao nibs are

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  • theodore koppe

    theodore koppe

    09 January 2014 at 21:44 |
    any coupons available for your products?

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  • Deb

    Deb

    11 January 2014 at 19:40 |
    Thank you for choosing my recipe! The savory Buttery Monterey Jack Cookies with Pepper and Cocoa Nibs are a perfect accompaniment to other appetizers. Olives, charcuterie, nuts and creamy cheeses will pair well with these charming savory cookies. It’s difficult not to eat the entire batch warm from the oven!

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