If you’re looking for heavenly savory cookie recipes, you’ve come to the right page! We’ve compiled 23 savory cookie recipes that make a wholesome snack or side for high tea.
Fun fact: Cookies derive from the Dutch word koekje, which means “small or little cake.”
Cookies are a few of the treats that have evolved over the years.
The ones we enjoy today are far different from the earliest ‘cookies’ way back in the seventh century in Persia (now Iran).
After the English, Scotch, and Dutch immigrants brought the first cookies to the United States, hundreds of cookie recipes have popped up in the country, take icebox cookies as an example (a type of cookie in which the dough is prepared, rolled into a log shape, and refrigerated until it’s firm).
But today, we’re not talking about sweet cookies. We’ll give the center stage to savory cookies! Not a fan? Turn yourself into one!
From crowd-pleasing Crispy Savory Biscuits to the pizza-inspired Spicy Cookies, this list of savory cookie recipes will make you forget about adding sweets to your favorite treat.
The beauty of most of these savory cookie ideas is that you can make the dough beforehand and refrigerate it for later use.
Just grab the cookie dough you want and pop them in the oven for a couple of minutes. So easy!
But you see—nothing can beat a fresh-out-of-the-oven savory cookie with a nice crunchy outside and soft inside (like recipe #18!) Now I’m hungry!
Yellow cheese and olives join forces to make these crowd-pleasing and savory biscuits (aka cookies!).
They’re so tasty and destined to explode in your mouth!
A great addition to a cold beer, these cookies feature an amazing flavor from yellow cheese and have a crispy outside and soft inside.
Perfect for sharing, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies get their savory kick from the wonderful combination of curry powder and paprika.
The recipe also includes blue poppy seeds, which are added on top to lend them that adds the bit of texture that only tiny seeds can create
Pro tip: Adding too much curry powder to the mix gives an unpleasant sharp taste.
These cookies with cream cheese, Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese, and sausage are a simple and keto-friendly delight that makes every breakfast even more special.
They’re super savory with notes of cheese biscuit and frittata!
And what I love about the recipe is that it’s customizable.
Feel free to use regular bacon instead of Canadian bacon.
Fan of ham?
This cookie recipe is a great way to use up your big box of Rice Krispies.
It has a crunchy textural nuance and savory taste with a kick of spice from paprika and cayenne pepper.
Serve these delightful cheddar cheese cookies as a snack or appetizer.
Plate them alongside a hot cup of tea or strong black coffee and serve as a 3 p.m. hunger buster.
They’re great when added to your charcuterie board, too!
These Indian-style cookies are bursting with spicy flavors of ginger, cilantro, jalapeno, and asafetida spice.
They’re so flaky and buttery, munching them with a cup of evening coffee or tea would be exceptional!
Adjust the spice level to your liking or add any spice combination you love.
Or add balance with a dash of sugar.
These cookies may feature plenty of sugar, but the blend of cheddar, butter, and jalapeno makes them fall into the savory cookies category.
They’re loaded with sweet and savory goodness!
The flavor and the tender, crisp crumb of this shortbread cookie is surprisingly top-notch; you’ll fall in love at the first bite!
Also, they can be made in less than 30 minutes. Now we’re talkin’!
You can’t go wrong with these sun-dried tomato cheddar cookies.
They’re flaky, rich, buttery, heavenly, and utterly addictive—the perfect addition to your grab-and-go breakfast or lunch!
Put pine nuts on top to give them an additional crunch or enjoy them as they are!
The reasons behind the savory flavor of these flavorful walnut cookies are dried ancho chili pepper powder and blue cheese; they have a crunch and a nice heat!
To make, mix all the ingredients to create a dough.
Wrap the mixture in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Once done, roll it out and cut it into cookies then bake.
These cookies are great with a spicy, meaty chili, or alongside an arugula salad.
True, these aren’t cookies but sometimes you need to have a great option (just like these biscuits) to attain that savory snack you wish to devour.
Making them is a breeze.
Not only are they delicious, the fluffy treats will create a warm, aromatic scent in your home.
The best part?
You only need flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, lemon, thyme, buttermilk, and butter.
Buttery, crisp, and infused with the rich, unique taste of toasted black sesame seeds—who can resist these savory cookies?
Though they’re best served fresh, you can keep these cookies in an airtight container in the fridge.
Pro tip: You can add the whole egg instead of the yolk into the mixture, but keep in mind that cookies with only egg yolks would give the most crumbly rich and crisp texture.
These cheese sago cookies are a few of the traditional treats served during religious occasions in Indonesia.
They’re truly addicting!
And what makes these cookies taste unique?
The blend of sago flour and coconut milk!
If you don’t have sago flour on hand, replace it with tapioca/cassava flour, cornstarch or potato flour.
Also, you’ll fall in love with their buttery, crunchy yet melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Everyone, it’s “thyme” to serve these savory cheesy cookies for your next party!
The orange zest incorporates a citrusy flavor while cheddar and thyme give them savory indulgence.
The recipe calls for fresh thyme, but if you can’t find it, the dried version should be fine.
To make it vegan-friendly, use vegan butter and vegan cheese.
If you’re pretty much on board with anything that has parmesan, this recipe is for you!
These cookies have a medley of wonderful savory flavor, thanks to the combination of Parmesan cheese, pecorino romano cheese, and everything bagel seasoning.
If the seasoning is missing in action, sesame seeds or nigella seeds are a good substitute option.
Consider adding a teaspoon of salt to the cookie mixture you opt for all parmesan cheese.
14. Herb Shortbread
There are many great savory cookie recipes to enjoy, and this recipe is something you shouldn’t miss!
This herb shortbread is made with parmesan cheese and rosemary leaves and can be served on its own or partnered with some nice white wine for an easy starter.
These savory oatmeal cookies are made with old-fashioned oats, fresh rosemary, and parmesan cheese and are the chewiest and softest cookies to come out of your kitchen!
What I love most about the recipe is that you don’t even need a mixer; everything is stirred effortlessly by hand.
For an elegant touch, garnish the cookies with flaky sea salt aka fleur de sel.
These cheese cookies combine all-purpose flour, cold butter, and parmesan cheese, resulting in a savory snack that couldn’t be easier to make.
Perfect accompanied with wine, you can make these crunchy and fragrant cookies in less than an hour.
For the most flavorful results, invest in the highest quality cheese you can stand, like an aged Parmigiano Reggiano.
Two of my preferred flavors come together in these flaky, heart-shaped cookies.
The rich, deep flavor that comes from smoked Gouda and sharp cheddar elevates the taste of Bloody Marys, wine, or even hot tea.
Feeling adventurous today?
How about putting a dollop of mayo?
Or turn them into a scrumptious sandwich with parmesan cheese? Delightful cheese overload!
These scrumptious delights aren’t real cookies but they definitely look like one.
Combining butter, sharp cheddar, all-purpose flour, and pecans makes these cheese crackers surprisingly savory and truly heavenly.
Not to mention, that they have a yummy crunch from the nuts! Oh my.
This recipe makes up to six dozen; if you’re feeding an army of pecan lovers, double the recipe.
Impressive munchy cookies with a lightly sweet, savory, and aromatic herb punch.
One bite and you’ll be hooked on these rosemary butter cookies!
Plus, you only need eight ingredients to make the cookies: butter, a touch of sugar, egg, vanilla, flour, sea salt, egg white, and of course—fresh rosemary.
Got bacon and caramelized onions?
Set them aside, prepare the other ingredients, and make these savory German-inspired bacon cookies to impress everyone!
Combining bacon and caramelized provides rich and smoky indulgence while the inclusion of ground caraway seeds takes the overall taste to the next level.
This 8-ingredient recipe upgrades your favorite childhood treat with cheddar cheese, cayenne pepper, bacon, and heavy cream.
The cookies are savory and delectable enough to be served as an appetizer or paired alongside a salad or soup.
Make the dough a day in advance, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate.
Then when it’s cookie time, simply slice a portion of the dough and bake, bake, bake!
Cookies infused with bourbon? Why not!
These rosemary cheesy cookies are a savory and distinctly grown-up treat you should try ASAP.
Nice crunchy on the outside, every munch creates a mouthful of flavor!
The highlight of the recipe is the special toppings made with cherry tomatoes, bourbon, onion, and chili flakes.
They also come together quickly using nothing but simple pantry staples.
Fellow pizza lovers, these cookies are for you!
They might look sweet, but don’t be fooled as these cookies are strictly savory and spicy using a blend of fresh rosemary, parmesan, and red pepper flakes.
What’s more, it’s possible to make these cookies beforehand.
Store them in an airtight container and add the whipped feta topping at plating time.
The bottom line
Sure, I’m a fan of sweet treats, but I crave something savory some days.
If you’re like me, you better start making these munch-worthy, savory cookies.
Fun fact: The first cookies are believed to be test cakes used by Persian bakers. These ‘cookies’ are allegedly baked to test the temperature of the oven.
Since some of these savory cookie recipes bake fast, make them ahead of time to get an advantage during the days when your sudden cookie cravings strike.
- Crispy Savory Biscuits
- Savory Curry Cookies
- Breakfast Cookies
- Cheddar Cheese Cookies With Rice Krispies
- Khara Biscuits
- Cheddar Jalapeno Shortbread Cookies
- Sun-Dried Tomato Cheddar Cookies
- Blue Cheese Walnut Cookies
- Herbed Thyme & Lemon Biscuits
- Black Sesame Cookies
- Cheese Sago Cookies
- Thyme and Cheddar Cheese Cookies
- Everything Parmesan-Pecorino Savory Shortbread
- Herb Shortbread
- Savory Oatmeal Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Parmesan Cookies
- Smoky, Cheesy Cookies
- Cheese Crackers with Pecans
- Rosemary Butter Cookies
- Speck Plätzchen (German Bacon Cookies)
- Savory Cookies With Bourbon Tomato Jam
- Spicy Pizza Cocktail Cookies
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