Wild Thistle Kitchen: Savory Cheddar, Bacon and Chives Shortbread

As a food blogger, I can’t ignore the fact that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Instagram is flooded with pink, red, and purple. Chocolate, heart-shaped everything and sprinkles galore. But what if your sweetheart doesn’t have a sweet tooth? In my quest to always be a bit untraditional, and to cater to those who don’t love sweets, I got the idea for a savory Valentine’s treat — something to satisfy the salt-toothed sweetheart in your life. Yes, a salt tooth is actually a thing. Like, a real, genetic thing. And these Savory Cheddar, Bacon, and Chive Shortbreads are just the answer.

So, these shortbreads are the product of my over-active imagination and my dreams (literally): savory, buttery shortbread dough, flecked with aged, sharp cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, fresh chives, and coarsely cracked black pepper. They’re like a cross between a cracker and a biscuit. Soft and super savory.

So, grab your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and get baking! Your sweetie (or salty?) will thank you.


  • 1 stick (4 ounces) soft, room temperature butter
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely and freshly cracked black pepper (scale this down or up to suit your taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 slices cooked bacon, cooled and chopped finely
  • 2 cups good quality, aged sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1-2 tablespoons water

p.s. I’m working on some fun, sweet shortbread flavors, too! Stay tuned.

For full instructions, go to https://wildthistlekitchen.com/savory-cheddar-bacon-chive-shortbread/.





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