Savory Blue Cheese Shortbread

Makes 35-40 crackers

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

8 ounces blue cheese, room temperature

11/2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

1. In the bowl of a food processor or electric mixer, cream together the butter and blue cheese until smooth. Add flour and salt and mix until well-combined. Add nuts and combine until mixture comes together in a ball. If it's too crumbly, add water a teaspoon at a time.

2. Spread a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and dump the dough onto it. Shape the dough into a 12-inch log. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for 3 hours or up to 3 days.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the chilled log into thin rounds and place on a baking sheet. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve at room temperature.

-- Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin, "The Lazy Gourmet" (Viva, 244 pages, $15.95)





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