Heaven = these savory shortbread cookies and a glass of wine! These are grown up shortbread cookies. The subtle herb flavor enhances many wines, especially whites like sauvignon blanc or chardonnay and the butter/cheese component tames the tannins and/or acidity. These disappear at any cocktail party I take them to.
They are quick to make, the dough stores in the fridge for a couple of days or you can freeze them and have them on hand for short notice.
You can get creative and change up the spices. See also the Savory Goat Cheese Shortbread recipe for another Middle Eastern inspired variation (delicious with red wine in particular).
I served these on a platter around the base of my Christmas Cocktail Grape appetizer tree for a Christmas wine tasting party and they were a hit!
They also make an easy and unique hostess gift or party favor.