Combine blue cheese and butter in a food processor; process until creamy. Mix flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Add to blue cheese mixture, pulsing...

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Makes about 36


Shortbread:


– ½ cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese, room temperature
– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
– ½ cup all-purpose flour
– ¼ cup cornstarch
– ¼ teaspoon salt
– ¼ teaspoon black pepper
– 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
-Baker’s parchment paper


Topping:


– ¼ cup light cream cheese
– ¼ cup mango or peach chutney
– Optional: ½ cup walnut halves, toasted and broken
– 36 parsley leaves


1.
Combine blue cheese and butter in a food processor; process until creamy. Mix flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Add to blue cheese mixture, pulsing just to combine. Transfer mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap and work with your palm until dough holds together. Form into a flat disk, wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.


2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place dough on a clean piece of plastic wrap and cover with a second piece. Roll to about 1/8-inch thickness. Remove plastic and cut dough into 1-inch circles using a flutted cookie cutter. Place on baking sheet. (Dough scraps can be rerolled once.) Bake on center oven rack until light brown, about 25 minutes. Cool on racks. (The shortbread can be prepared up to 3 days in advance and stored in a sealed tin.)


3. Spread about ¼ teaspoon cream cheese on each shortbread. Top with an equal amount of chutney, a walnut piece and a parsley leaf. These can be assembled up to 1 hour before serving.


Quicker version : The topping can also be spooned onto pita chips or bagel chips.


Data per piece:


Calories 60

Protein 1.49g

Fat 4.31g

Carbohydrates 4.14g

Sodium 74mg

Saturated fat 1.75g

Monounsaturated fat 0.91g

Polyunsaturated fat 1.40g

Cholesterol 6.68mg

From “Cocktail Food: 50 Finger Foods with Attitude” by Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford.


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