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Cheese Shortbread Cookies

Only 3 ingredients, that’s all you need to make these Cheese Shortbread Cookies; butter, flour and Pecorino Romano cheese. Yes, it’s true, for 2 ingredients you’ll get not only an amazing tasting snack, your kitchen will be filled with a delicious aroma as well.

Cheese Shortbread Cookies

These cookies, also known as cheese coins, are addictive, easy to make, difficult to keep. They will disappear from your fridge or cookie tin before you know it.

Ingredients for Cheese Shortbread Cookies

  • salted butter
  • Pecorino Romano cheese
  • flour

Additional ingredient you might like to use are herbs: rosemary, thyme or sage.

Steps to make these cheese cookies

The first step is to mix the ingredients, by using a food processor, a pastry cutter or just your hands. Don’t over-mix, but do make sure that it is well-mixed. If you want a fresh herb in your cookie, this is the time to add the herb, finely chopped. Then roll the dough into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and place the log in the fridge.

It does not have to be beautiful, nothing fancy, just roll it up, nobody will see this. Once the dough is cool (in about an hour) it will be easier to cut; the thickness of that log will be the diameter of your cookie. My log is about 1.25 inches in thickness. Cut the log into cookies of approx. 1/3 inch thick. This comes out in approx. 20 cookies.

The second step is to bake the cookies. Place the raw cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or with a nonstick silicone baking mat. If you didn’t add the herbs into the dough, you can still sprinkle them onto the cookies for just some extra flavor. Place the baking sheet in a preheated oven of 350 degrees F for about 12 minutes.

During these 12 minutes your kitchen will be filled with a lovely aroma and after another 30 minutes, you can start enjoying these Cheese Shortbread Cookies.

Try the recipe and let me know what you think.

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Cheese Shortbread Cookies

Author: Marinka
Only 3 ingredients, that's all you need to make these Cheese Shortbread Cookies; butter, flour and Pecorino cheese. Yes it's true and they don't only taste amazing, your kitchen will be filled with a delicious aroma as well.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
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Servings: 20 cookies


  • 80 grams salted butter
  • 80 grams Pecorino Romano Cheese finely grated
  • 80 grams flour
  • 0.5 tablespoons rosemary, thyme, sage optional



  • Place butter, flour and cheese in a bowl and mix. Use a food processor, a pastry cutter or your hands. (NOTE 1 and 2)
  • Mix well, but don't over mix. If you want to add some herbs as part of the cookies dough. This is the time to add finely chopped herbs.
  • Roll the dough into a log of approx. 1.2 inches. Make 1 or 2 logs, whatever is easier to work with. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and place the logs in the fridge for about 1 hour.


  • Heat your over to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  • Cut the logs in 'coins' of about 1/3 inch thickness and place them on your baking sheet. (NOTE 3)
  • Slide the baking sheet in the over and bake the cookies for approx. 12 minutes or until they have a light golden color. (NOTE 4)
  • Cool cookies for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack for further cooling.


  1. If you’re using unsalted butter, please add 1 teaspoon of salt
  2. Instead of Pecorino Romano, you can use Parmigiano Reggiano. Make sure you use a high quality cheese, it makes all the difference in the flavor of your cookies.
  3. If you didn’t mix finely chopped herbs into the dough, you have a second option to sprinkle herbs on top of the cookies, before they go into the oven.
  4. Bake a little longer, an additional 5 minutes for slightly crunchier flavor and darker color. Please don’t burn them.


Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Fiber: 0.1g
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