Cheese sablés

  • makes 24
  • A little effort

Buttery, crumbly, cheesy, just a little spicy and perfect with a glass of chilled white wine or sherry. Coat the outside of these biscuits with a mixture of sesame and kalonji seeds to make them a more sophisticated cocktail nibble.



  • plain flour 175g, plus extra for dusting
  • sea salt
  • cayenne peppe r ½ tsp
  • mustard powder ½ tsp
  • cumin or caraway seeds 1 tsp, lightly crushed
  • unsalted butter 150g, chilled and diced
  • mature Cheddar cheese 75g, finely grated
  • parmesan 75g, finely grated
  • milk 1 tbsp
  • sesame seeds or kalonji (black onion)
  • seeds (optional)


  • Step 1

    Tip the flour, salt, cayenne, mustard powder, cumin or caraway seeds and some black pepper into the bowl of a food processor.

    Add the diced butter and use the pulse button to rub it into the dry ingredients. Add the grated cheeses and pulse again until the dough just comes together – you may need to add a drop of cold water.

  • Step 2

    Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll into a log roughly 5cm in diameter, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours until firm.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4 and line a baking sheet with non-stick baking parchment.

    Take the log out of the fridge, remove the clingfilm and brush with milk before coating in the sesame and kalonji seeds (if using).

    Slice the log into discs, roughly 5mm thick, and arrange on the baking sheets, spacing the biscuits well apart.

  • Step 4

    Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Once completely cold, the sablés can be packaged. Stored in an airtight box, they will keep for 4-5 days.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 100
  • Fat 7.3g
  • Carbs 6.1g
  • Fibre 0.2g
  • Protein 2.8g
  • Salt 0.33g