Tuesday, May 7, 2019

TWD - Old Bay Pretzel-and-Cheese Cookies

This month's Tuesday with Dorie (Dorie's Cookies) recipes both present problems for me as an Australian.  One recipe calls for biscoff spread, which is not readily obtainable here; the other calls for Old Bay seasoning, which is non-existent here.

I went with the Old Bay Pretzel-and-Cheese Cookies.  Old Bay is a particular brand of seafood seasoning found in the States.  To make a substitute requires a list of ingredients as long as your arm.  The Old Bay substitute seems heavy on celery salt, which of itself is hard to get here.  I only needed a teaspoon of seasoning to make half the cookie recipe, so I ended up making the substitute seasoning sans anything that I did not already have (being celery salt, dry mustard, all spice, white pepper and crushed pepper flakes). 

These cheesy, savoury cookies, containing crushed pretzels and made by the roll and slice method, are quite tasty.  I agree with Dorie that they would be good to serve with a beer.  I'd definitely consider making these again as a savoury snack for guests.  In the meantime, I'll need to figure out an easier way to get the spices into the mix.

To see what the other Dorie bakers made this week, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.


  1. So sorry about this month's selections. Sounds like you made the best of it. For the next cookie you could substitute any nut butter for the biscoff. I think that will be ok. Good luck.

  2. These sound good - I found old bay spice in adelaide a few years back and you might get it at one of the speciality shops that do american goods but it is pretty rare - which is a shame as I loved it. However I now just think that when a recipe calls for a spice mix it is just a matter of using your own spice mix such as dukkah or a curry mix.

  3. I have a canister of Old Bay that is rapidly approaching its expiry date. I'll have to make these as they sound delicious! :D

  4. Definitely sounds like you did a great job with this one! And yes, like Diane says, just use any nut butter or Nutella for the cookies. You couldn't even taste the speculoos anyway...

  5. oh no— i’m sorry this month’s picks are tricky for you! it sounds like you made do fairly well though, and i just got the pretzels to do this one next week.

  6. I'm glad you were able to work out a way to make the cookies - they look great!

    I think the speculoos butter cookies would work really well with Nutella. I bought a small tin of Old Bay seasoning in anticipation of the cookies, but I've only seen it on the shelves here in the last few years. The 2014ish Old Bay craze is responsible for its spread across the border, I think!