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Blue Cheese Poppy Seed Shortbreads

American/New American
Carole Peck
2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 ounce blue cheese or Roquefort
1 ounce sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 cup poppy seeds
Combine the butter and cheeses in a food processor. Add the flour, cayenne and salt, and process until a dough ball is formed.

Shape the dough into 2-inch-diameter logs. Roll in the poppy seeds. Wrap the logs in plastic and chill thoroughly, at least 1 hour or up to two days.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices about 1 inch apart on a baking sheet; bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Makes about 15 shortbreads.

Note: Baked and stored in a tightly covered container, these shortbreads will keep up to one month. The dough logs can be frozen for up to six weeks and cut and baked as needed.
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