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Sweet & Spicy Shortbread Cookies



Use a smooth textured jelly instead of a chunky jam. Substitute other chiles for aji amarillo, such as ancho for mild heat or cayenne for spicier heat.


Stir aji amarillo chile into peach jelly until well combined. Whip cream cheese until smooth. Set aside ¼ cup chile-jelly and fold the rest into whipped cream cheese. Set mixture aside. Rub lime leaves between your fingers until all pieces are ground as small as you can get them. Remove any stray pieces of stems from ground leaves. Set aside. Cream together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Sift in flour and salt, and mix by hand to combine thoroughly. Add lime leaves, and knead by hand until lime leaf pieces are evenly distributed and dough starts to come together. Dough should be smooth but crumbly. If dough is too dry, add cold water 1 tsp. at a time until desired consistency is reached. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place them about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten each ball slightly, making an indentation in the middle. Fill indentation with about ¼ tsp. chile-jelly and cream cheese mixture. Top each filled cookie with about ¼ tsp. of reserved chile-jelly. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 12 to 15 min. Transfer to wire rack to cool.


4 dozen

Thanks to:

Shannan de Jesus, Savory Spice Shop customer
This recipe has been tested for accuracy by the Savory Spice Shop Test Kitchen.
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Savory Spice Shop Ingredients
Chile, Aji Amarillo, Ground 1 oz bag $2.75
Lime Leaves, Makrut, Dried OUT OF STOCK
1 review

  • Review by: suzykklein

    Love the exotic combination of flavors in this recipe. And it's super easy to make.

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