Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam

by | Dec 13, 2018 | All, Appetizers, Sponsored

Need a make ahead appetizer for entertaining? These Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam can be prepared ahead of time, frozen and then popped straight into the oven when you’re ready to party. Appetizers don’t get much easier than that!

Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam on a white plate with a spoonful of fig jam and a blue napkin. These Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam are the perfect nibble for cocktail time. The tempting combination of buttery shortbread (made with both cheddar and blue cheeses) and lightly sweetened fig jam are a delicious way to kickstart any party.

Is savory shortbread hard to make?

No! The food processor does most of the heavy lifting in this recipe, making a quick dough from flour, butter and two Kerrygold cheeses (Mild Cheddar Shredded Cheese and Cashel Blue Farmhouse Cheese). 

Blue cheese and figs together are a classic flavor combination, but since some people are not huge blue cheese fans, I used a 1:1 combination of mild cheddar and blue cheese to keep the taste balanced enough for everyone. A quick chill in the fridge keeps the dough supple and not sticky so it rolls and cuts easily.

Love blue cheese? Feel free to play with the cheese ratios to find your perfect flavor! 

I want to make these Savory Shortbread Bites in advance. Can I do that?

The beauty of these party nibbles is they freeze beautifully. You can prep them completely (jam and all) and freeze them on the baking sheets. Once frozen, pop them in a container and store in the freezer.

When you’re ready to serve them, simply transfer these savory shortbreads directly from the freezer to the oven and add a few extra minutes to the bake time.

White plate filled with Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam on a white marble table with a blue napkin and a package of Kerrygold Mild Cheddar Shredded Cheese.How do I store any leftover shortbread bites?

Fortunately these snacks taste just as good at room temperature as they do warm from the oven. Place any leftover shortbread bites in an airtight container for up to 3 days and nibble on them whenever snack time or happy hour rolls around.

What I used to make these Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam:

1) You’re going to need a 1 1/2” round biscuit/cookie cutter. I have a set of round cutters with pretty much any size I’ll ever need. The sizes are all visibly marked on the outside of the cutters and they all nest together in one tin, which is great for storage. 

2) This rolling pin helps you keep an even thickness throughout your dough. Genius! 

3) There are several brands of fig jam (or fig spread) out there, but I love the brighter color of this brand along with the little chunks of figs spread throughout. 

Take an hour to make these Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam now because they freeze beautifully, and you’ll be rewarded with delicious homemade appetizers for all of your holiday entertaining needs.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kerrygold®. We only share products with you that we personally use and love. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible. 

Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam on a white plate with a spoonful of fig jam and a blue napkin.

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Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam

Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam

Holiday happy hours get a big burst of flavor with these make-ahead Savory Shortbread Bites with Fig Jam.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 4 minutes


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 8 tablespoons Kerrygold® Salted Butter, room temperature
  • 2 ounces Kerrygold® Cashel Blue Farmhouse Cheese
  • 2 ounces Kerrygold® Mild Cheddar Shredded Cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup fig jam


  1. Place flour, almond meal, butter, cheeses and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine and then process until dough starts to pull together and form a ball. Chill dough for 20 minutes. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  3. Lightly flour work surface and roll chilled dough into a circle about 1/3” thick. Use a 1 ½” round cutter to cut rounds of dough and place on a cookie sheet. Continue until all dough has been used, stopping to re-roll dough scraps when needed. 
  4. Make a small dent in each shortbread with your finger and fill with a small dollop of fig jam. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until shortbreads are golden on the bottom. Cool on baking sheet. 

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 14mg Sodium: 60mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

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