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Savory cookies for cocktail party  Our original home cooking

These topped savory cookies are an original idea of mine if you are looking for a different kind of canapés to offer for your happy hour (Italian aperitivo), cocktail party, tea party or meal, buffet-style. Just prepare the salt pastry, cut out the shapes you prefer, bake and then garnish with the ingredients that you can read below or whatever your imagination suggests you. I prepared them in many occasions but I remember in particular an aperitivo, buffet-style at a wedding party of two friends of mine and it was a great success. So successful that they called me to prepare two other marriages ;)

Ingredients / Serves 6

  • One dose of rich shortcrust pastry for savory cookies
  • 125g (4.4 ounces) soft cheese (Italian stracchino or robiola)
  • 50g (1 3/4 ounce) shelled walnuts
  • 50g (1 3/4 ounce) fine-grained salami, sliced
  • 3 medium size artichokes in oil
  • 10 little white mushrooms in oil
  • 2 large strips yellow and red peppers in oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried chives
  • Paprika powder, if you like
  • Time:
    preparation: 60 minutes
    plus resting time for the dough
    cooking: 15 minutes
    total: 1 h 15 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 435 (kcal) 22 % GDA (*)- 1820 (kJ)
    Protein: 13.6 (g) 28 % GDA
    Total fat: 30.4 (g) 44 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 28.3 (g) 11 % GDA
    Sugars: 3.0 (g) 4 % GDA

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Recipe for savory topped cookies

Preparation and cooking

  • - Prepare a dose of rich shortcrust pastry for salt preparations. You can find the link to the recipe below.
    Doses are enough for about 30 savory cookies.
  • - Allow your dough to rest for about half an hour in a cool place.
  • - Preheat oven to 180 °C (350 °F).
  • - Meanwhile butter a baking tin or dish.
  • - Roll your shortcrust pastry out to a thickness of 1/2in on a lightly floured surface.
    Using different pastry cutter or a sharp knife, cut out decorative shapes, such as hearts, squares, triangles, leaves ...
  • - Arrange your savory cookies on the baking tin and bake, about 15 minutes.
    Let them cool.
  • - Meanwhile mix soft cheese with 30g (1 ounce) walnuts, finely chopped, and chives.
    You can also add paprika powder to this mixture, if you like.
  • - Spread this cheese mixture on all savory cookies, once cooled.
  • - Cut into little pieces all slices of salami, peppers, mushrooms and little artichokes.
  • - Halve remaining walnuts.
  • - Top your savory cookies with these ingredients.

Just before serving

  • - Arrange your savory cookies on a serving dish.
  • - They are ready to serve.



  • - You can also prepare your shortcrust pastry and savory cookies the day before.
  • - On the contrary avoid garnishing your savory cookies much earlier. Your cheese cream might alter.
    But you can do one thing to save time. Cut your ingredients for topping and prepare cream cheese in advance. Keep all in the refrigerator.
    It will take much less time to spread the cream and decorate your savory cookies just before serving.
  • - The different experiences I did suggest to spread the cream on each savory cookie and place it on the serving dish. So you can distribute all toppings on your savory cookies faster.
    Besides you can distribute the colors of your ingredients better.
  • - Some variants. Instead of spreading cheese cream you can butter your savory cookies and then garnish them with slices of mini salami and mayonnaise, or red and black lumpfish roe or vegetables in oil.
    Or you can spread your savory cookies with blue cheese and top with halved walnuts.
  • - Keep in mind that in planning a meal for many people you have to think also to those who may have problems of intolerance or allergy to milk and its derivatives. This is the reason why I always recommend to prepare a few dishes without cheese or butter. In this case you could spread your savory cookies with other sauces made with olive or vegetables and then garnish with products that do not have traces of dairy products.
  • - I recommend your savory cookies can not be too big. They must be placed in the mouth in one bite!

Menu planning

  • - These savory cookies are perfect for your seated happy hour (Italian aperitivo), to accompany a cocktail before placing your guests at the table or in a meal, buffet-style.
  • - These savory cookies are delicious even for your afternoon tea party.

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Healthy eating

  • - You can obtain a lighter recipe if you prepare the rich shortcrust pastry with 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil instead of unsalted butter. In this case calories are 335 and fat become 20g per serving.
  • - But my advice is to choose different recipes when you have problems with diabetes or dyslipidemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides).