These buttery Cranberry Cinnamon and Pecan Shortbread Cookies are incredibly rich and creamy thanks to a special ingredient!
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Last week, I introduced my partnership with Rosenbaum Cheese with this incredibly delicious and gourmet version of mac and cheese. That recipe used their goat cheese meunster and goat cheese cheddar, two of their unique cheeses. Today’s post will introduce you to my absolute favorite of their cheeses: their Quarks.
For those of you unfamiliar with Quark cheese, it’s a soft, spreadable, creamy cheese that isn’t widely used or available in the United States.
For those of you who have come across Quark – let me assure you that this cheese is different than what you’re used to. Larry Rosenbaum, founder of Rosenbaum Cheese, explained to me that Quark cheeses can contain between 0% and 40% fat. The Quarks we’re used to seeing contain between 0-5% fat, which yields a consistency similar to thick yogurt. These Quarks contain 20% fat. The result of that is a cheese that’s really thick – with a cream cheese like consistency. The texture and taste? Phenomenal.
Rosenbaum Cheese sells “plain” quark, but also three different flavors. There’s Quark with Herbs, Quark with Honey, and Cranberry and Cinnamon Quark with Pecans, which I’ve used in this recipe. I also used it in a cheesecake (see below) and I’m hoarding my last couple of containers to use in something really special.
Let’s talk about these Cranberry Cinnamon and Pecan Shortbread Cookies, shall we? They’re buttery and delicate, like shortbread cookies are supposed to be. But there’s this added depth of flavor, added richness, thanks to the quark. The flavors of cinnamon, cranberry and pecan come from the cheese. I added some chopped pecans for a little extra textural element. The end result? The most incredible cookies. You need to try them. Trust me.
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- 2 sticks (one cup) butter, room temperature
- 1 package (8 ounces) Rosenbaum Cheese Cranberry & Cinnamon Quark
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 3½ cups flour
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and quark until creamy and combined.
- Add vanilla and sugar, and beat until combined.
- Add flour, in two parts, and beat on low until just combined. Stir in chopped pecans until distributed.
- Roll out dough to about a quarter inch thickness, then either cut into squares or cut using a cookie cutter.
- Carefully place cut cookies on prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake on 350 for about 15-18 minutes, until cookies are set and just starting to brown.
- Remove from oven and set aside to cool before eating. (Cookies will firm up a bit as they cool, so don't worry if they aren't completely hard yet.)
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Note: I know many of you will want to know about the hechsher on these product, here it is. Future runs of Rosenbaum Cheese will be certified by the OK, but this run was certified by Heart of America Kosher. Because I never heard of it, I reached out to the Chicago Rabbinical Council (who recommends agencies known to have good hashgacha), and they responded that this is a recommended hechsher.
Some other things you can do with Rosenbaum Cheese Quark:
- Savory Cheese Buns – I made these using the cinnamon cheese bun recipe from Something Sweet, but I reduced the sugar in the dough by about a quarter, and instead of the sweet filling, I made a savory filling using the Quark with Herbs, some sour cream, an egg, and some salt and black pepper.
- Fruit and Cheese Puff Pastry Tarts – Spread a layer of one of the sweet quarks (I used quark with honey) on a piece of puff pastry (add some sugar if you like it sweeter). Top that with some slices of your favorite fruit, a glaze of melted butter, and bake it till it’s golden brown. So good!
- Mix some quark into cheesecake for an incredibly delicious and rich flavor.
- Spread a layer of quark with honey on the inside of a crepe, then drizzle some extra honey on top of it. Fold it, top it with some fruit and whipped cream, and you’re left with an incredible dessert.
- Spread some of the quark with herbs on a slice of toasted baguette. Top with some roasted veggies for a fantastic appetizer.
- How will you use this cheese? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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Thanks for stopping by! You’re going to love these cookies – and this cheese – so hurry and order yours quickly to get it in time for shavuos. -Miriam P.S. Need menu planning help? Check out this helpful post of over 65 Shavuos Recipes!
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