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Spicy Olive Shortbread

Prep time 20 mins
Freeze time 1 hr
Bake time 18 mins
Cool time 35 mins
Yield Makes about 6 dozen
Purchase prepared olive tapenade in the specialty cheese case in the deli at your supermarket. Once baked, store shortbreads up to three days in an airtight container. Bake stored shortbreads at 350° for 3 to 4 minutes to make them crispy again.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (8-oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup refrigerated olive tapenade, drained well

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer until fluffy. Gradually add flour, salt, and red pepper, beating just until combined. (Mixture will be crumbly.) Add cheese and tapenade, beating at low speed just until combined.

  2. Roll dough into 2 (10-inch) logs, using plastic wrap to shape dough. Wrap each in plastic wrap, and freeze at least 1 hour. Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

  3. Bake at 350° for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on pan; remove from pan to a wire rack, and cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.

  4. Note: Shortbread dough can be frozen up to 1 week; just allow it to stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Notes

Bake time is per batch.