Spicy Shortbread Bites Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 deg F

Step 1

In a small bowl, whisk together paprika, 2 ts salt, and 1 ts cayenne and set aside.

Step 2

In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. In another bowl, whisk together remaining 1/2 ts salt, remaining 1/8 ts cayenne, flour, curry powder, and cumin. Beat flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined.

Step 3

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough about 8 times, or until it just comes together. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. On a sheet of wax paper, roll each piece of dough into a 3/4-inch thick log.

Step 4

Sprinkle one quarter of spice mixture along the length of each log and roll in mixture to coat completely.

Step 5

Wrap each log in wax paper. Freeze dough just until firm, 15 to 20 minutes. Shortbread dough may be made 1 week ahead and frozen. Before proceeding with recipe, remove dough from freezer and let stand about 15 minutes, or until slightly softened to facilitate slicing.

Step 6

Remove logs carefully from wax paper and slice into 1/2-inch thick rounds. Place rounds 1/4-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets and bake in batches in middle of oven 15 minutes, or until browned lightly.

Step 7

Gently loosen shortbread bites with a spatula from baking sheet (do not remove from sheet) and cool completely. Carefully transfer shortbread bites to a serving dish (they will be fragile) and serve as hors d''oeuvre. Makes about 140 shortbread bites.

Things You'll Need

  • 2tb Paprika
  • 2 1/2ts Coarse salt
  • 1 1/8ts Cayenne
  • 7tb Unsalted butter, softened
  • 2tb Sugar
  • 1c All-purpose flour
  • 1ts Curry powder
  • 1/2ts Ground cumin

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