Pimento Cheese and Strawberry Filled Cookies

I saw the cookies first, and knew I had to make pimiento cheese so I could make the cookies.   I’m a sucker for crackers, crisps, biscuits, ect- especially when Sweet meets Savory!  These cookies are delicious- if you prefer substitute the strawberry preserve for another- raspberry or lingonberry would be great!  You could even use your basic grape jelly- who doesn’t love cheese and grapes!

Southern Treats

 

Pimento Cheese and Strawberry Jam Cookies Mise En Place

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup refrigerated pimento cheese
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry preserves

Preparation

1. Beat together flour and pimento cheese at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 1 minute. Add pecans and butter; beat until blended. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; chill 2 hours.

"Off the Hook" Dough Ball

 

Roll the dough thin for a crisper cookie

 
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. Place dough on a well-floured surface, and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 48 rounds with a 2-inch round cutter, rerolling scraps once. Arrange half of rounds 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets; spoon 1/2 tsp. strawberry preserves onto center of each round, and top with remaining rounds, pressing edges to seal.

Just a Dollop of Jam

 

 3. Bake at 400° for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes; transfer to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Cheese, Spice and Jam- Great Combination!

 

 This recipe is from Pawley’s Island Specialty Foods, Palmetto Cheese, Pawley’s Island, SC.  Found in Southern Living.

Whenever a rolling pin is involved, good things follow!
Sweet Southern Beauties………………….
 
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Pimento Cheese- “Southern Pate”

Pimento cheese in the south is a staple.  Every southern cook has “the best” recipe, kind of like chili, meatloaf, and BBQ sauce! 

Pimento Cheese, Pate of The South!

Southern Living recently ran a compilation of Pimento Cheese recipes from acclaimed Southern Chefs- I adapted Louis Osteen’s recipe.  I somehow feel I have an attachment to him as I had a college roommate that worked at one of his restaurants, and I walked by the namesake restaurant daily.  As a college student, I only had the opportunity to walk by Louis’s, never dine!

Pimento Cheese is a Southern Treasure!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese ( 1/2 lb.)
  • 2-oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon grated yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 oz whole peeled pimento, drained and rinsed

    One bite is not enough!

     

Preparation

In a food processor combine all ingredients and pulse until desired texture.  You can also use a electric mixer to blend. 

Serve with fresh breads or crackers

Yield is about 1 ½ cups

A Southern Delicacy!

 
Best with fresh baked breads or artisan crackers
 
Happy Eats Y’all!