Few people associate salty feta cheese with sweet cookies, but the combination is unexpectedly delicious. Like salted caramel or chocolate, this marriage of sweet and savory lights up several taste buds at once.
If you've ever tasted feta cheese with cranberry or figs, you may have a hint of what Feta and Fig Shortbread Cookies taste like. For the dried fruit, you can use figs, cranberries or raisins. All of them will work well with slightly different results.
Bake these cookies for a dinner party with your friends and you're bound to get them talking. These cookies are as simple to make as any shortbread, but the blend of contrasting flavors will be remembered long after the evening is over.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup salted butter, softened
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/3 cup dried black mission figs or dried cranberries, chopped
4 tablespoons feta, crumbled
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove from fridge and cut the log into 1/4 inch cookies, arranging on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Makes 16 cookies.