These crisp and crumbly cookies are made with aged Gouda (or Parmesan, if you prefer), whole milk, and fresh cracked black pepper. There’s also a little gin in the dough, and these are traditionally served as a warm, savory nibble with a drink of cold gin. They’re great with bitter beer too, or simply on their own. For more Dutch dishes, get this Braised Endive with Bacon and Mustard Sauce recipe, and this Dutch Applesauce Raisin Cake recipe.
- Yield: 24 cookies
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: 30 min
- Active: 15 min
- 1 cup room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup finely grated aged cheese, such as Gouda or Parmesan
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons gin
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter, cheese, salt, and pepper. Add milk and gin, continuing to mix until well combined. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.
- Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients to form a dough.
- Form dough balls about 1/2 inch in diameter, and place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet (in a couple of batches).
- Bake for 15 minutes, until just golden and lightly puffed. Serve warm.
Recipe courtesy of Dutch Feast by Emily Wight, published by Arsenal Pulp Press 2017. Photo by Tracey Kusiewicz / Foodie Photography.