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20 Savory Cookies You’ll Love Making

Who says cookies always have to be sweet? Satisfy your savory tooth with these spectacular savory cookies!

Let’s take a break from chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies for a moment and focus our attention on these herb-flavored, earthy, and cheesy delights.

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These delectable treats can be enjoyed as a side dish or a snack with butter and/or your favorite spreads.

They’re delicious enough to be devoured on their own, though.

From savory tomato to umami-rich cheddar to spicy cumin, you’ll never run out of savory cookie flavors to sample.

The hardest part is deciding which one to try first. 

I know you’re already hungry, so let’s get this show on the road.

1. Cheddar and Rosemary Shortbread

Anything with cheese on it is already a sure hit with me. These shortbread cookies are proof.

They’re ridiculously crumbly, buttery, and cheesy with a lovely earthiness from the rosemary.

While the batter is very simple – just a mix of flour, butter, and sugar – the cheddar cheese and rosemary amp up the flavor a lot.

It’s amazing how two simple ingredients can transform something simple into a spectacular treat.

2. Parmesan Cheese Savory Biscuits

One look and you’ll already know how buttery these biscuits are. If you’re on a diet, turn away. 

Not only do they look great, but smell heavenly, as well. How can they not be when they’re primarily made of butter and cheese?

They’re wonderfully crunchy, rich, and oh, so cheesy. They’re seriously impossible to resist! One bite will keep you begging for more.

3. Savory Oatmeal Cookies

You’ll surely fall in love with the sweet and salty flavor profile these oatmeal cookies have to offer. 

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People usually associated oatmeal with sweet food, so I won’t be surprised if this recipe doesn’t seem appetizing to you.

But promise me you’ll give it a try? It’s worth it, I swear to Cookie Monster.

Made with rolled oats, olive oil, parmesan cheese, rosemary, and brown sugar, these cookies are uniquely delectable.

4. Savory Thumbprints Cookies With Bourbon Tomato Jam

If one-of-a-kind appetizers are what you’re looking for, the search is over.

These thumbprint cookies with bourbon tomato jam will definitely be your newest jam.

At first glance, they look exactly like typical sweet thumbprint cookies. But wait until you have your first bite.

These savory cookies are filled with a spicy tomato jam spiked with bourbon.

Can’t imagine what that’ll taste like? Here’s a simple way to put it: they’re epic. 

5. Cumin Cookies

If your tastebuds are craving something exotic, look no further than this recipe.

Jeera or zeera are Indian cookies spiced with cumin. They have a lovely sweet, salty, and earthy combination that tastes wonderful with a cup of chai tea. 

6. Stilton Walnut Crackers

These are British crackers of savory shortbread filled with Stilton cheese and walnuts. 

They look so plain, but they’re unbelievably addictive. The combination of salty and nutty flavors makes them incredibly irresistible!

7. Cranberry Rosemary Butter Cookies

Christmas came early with these holiday cookies!

Cranberry, rosemary, and butter – these ingredients alone tell me how ridiculously tasty these cookies are.

This is the kind of flavor combination I live for.

There’s lemon zest in there, too, which gives the cookies another layer of flavor. 

8. Savory Tomato Cookies With Basil Pesto

I know what you’re thinking – is this really a recipe for cookies, or pasta?

My curiosity for these strange cookie sandwiches made me bake them the other day. And boy, am I glad I did.

The cookies themselves are sweet and savory from the brown sugar and sundried tomatoes.

The creamy filling contains cream cheese and ground-up pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, and basil, giving them a rather bizarre, but definitely delightful flavor.

Do yourself a favor and bookmark the recipe now.

9. Lemon Basil Cookies

These lemon basil cookies may look a little dense, but don’t be fooled. They’re light as a feather!

They have a nice crunch on the outside and are super soft and fluffy on the inside.

Flavored with lemon and basil, they’ll make a fantastic, refreshing snack for summer.

10. Savory Black and White Sesame Cocktail Cookies

These black and white cookies are a certified crowd-pleaser! Serve these with cocktails and your party will definitely be a hit.

These nibbles are super rich and buttery. Since the cookie batter has almond meal in it, they have a mildly sweet and wonderfully nutty flavor as well.

11. Parmesan Herb Madeleines

Herb madeleines? Sounds strange, but I won’t say no to that!

I once thought madeleines required some baking expertise, but it turns out, they couldn’t be easier to make. 

In this recipe, all you’ll need are 20 minutes and 7 common pantry ingredients.

12. Thyme and Cheddar Cheese Cookies

How adorable are these cookies? I love how cookie cutters can add such a cute touch to these treats.

These thyme and cheddar cookies are ridiculously cheesy with a perfect hint of earthiness.

They’re also flavored with a bit of orange zest, which, to my surprise, pairs beautifully with thyme.

13. Tahini Miso Cookies

These cookies have brown sugar and butter, so expect them to have a subtly sweet, butterscotch-like flavor.

But they’re more than just butterscotch cookies, though.

What makes them stand out are miso paste and tahini. You won’t think the flavors would work together, but they definitely do.

14. Bacon and Cheddar Shortbreads With Rosemary

Do you know why I’m 100% sure you’ll fall in love with these shortbread cookies?

They have bacon, butter, cheddar cheese, and pecans in them. Need I say more?

15. Cheddar Jalapeno Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies are partly sweet, partly savory, and completely mouthwatering.

They’re crumbly and buttery and loaded with cheddar cheese and jalapenos. You really couldn’t ask for more!

16. Cheese Chive Biscuits

These biscuits are so heavenly. There’s just something about the combination of cheese and chives that makes them impossible to resist!

This is one of those snacks where one (or one dozen) just isn’t enough.

17. Herb and Cheese Cookies

The thought of snacking on these cookies with some hot coffee on the side makes me so giddy.

They’re wonderfully crunchy and crispy. The combination of cheese and dried herbs creates such a beautiful harmony of flavors.

18. Sun-Dried Tomato Parmesan Biscuits

The chewiness of the sun-dried tomatoes and the saltiness of the parmesan cheese make these biscuits ridiculously amazing.

You’ll also appreciate how the intensity of the parmesan is balanced out by the sweetness of the tomatoes.

19. Apricot Prosciutto and Tarragon Cocktail Sables  

These cookies are flavored with tarragon to create a distinct, delicious taste. But it doesn’t end there.

Adding more fun to the party are bits of prosciutto, apricots, and gruyere cheese! Yum.

20. Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread

Capping off this list are these simple, yet incredibly tasty shortbread cookies.

They have a wonderful balance between dense and light as well as sweet and savory.

The combination of olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and rosemary creates such complex flavors that will somehow keep your tastebuds wanting more.

20 Savory Cookies You’ll Love Making

Take a break from sweets with these tempting savory cookies. From cheese biscuits to walnut crackers to lemon basil cookies, you won’t miss the sugar in these tasty bites.


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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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