I'm my own worst enemy when it comes to snacking.
During the Sunday supermarket shop I optimistically only purchase a fine selection of fruits and vegetables to munch on when I'm peckish - then by Wednesday I'm furiously prowling around the kitchen at 5pm, looking for any kind of chip to stuff in my face.
Usually, thanks to my self-righteous 'healthy' shop, there isn't a good savoury snack in sight - but never before has it occurred to me to whip one up myself.
Home baker Andrea Soranidis, also known as The Petite Cook, went viral for her sweet treats like her 'Magic Cake' over lockdown. Now she's provided a ridiculously easy savoury treat for those who don't have so much of a sweet tooth.
"These Italian Parmesan cookies are the easiest and most delicious savoury cookies you'll ever make," she promises in the new post on her blog.
To make the 'cookies', you'll only need three basic ingredients you probably already have at home: all-purpose flour, cold butter and Parmesan cheese.
For the best results, Soranidis recommends using the "best-quality Parmigiano Reggiano cheese you can put your hands on"; but in a pinch, the block rustling around at the back of your fridge should do just fine.
If you want to make them a little fancier, you can add some herbs or spices like a pinch of chilli flakes or rosemary.
"I can't stress enough how easy these cookies are to make," she adds.
- Quickly mix all the ingredients in a stand mixer, then give it a quick knead until you form a log.
- Let the log rest half an hour in the fridge.
- Slice the dough into round cookies (you can cut each round with a cookie cutter to make them super pretty) and bake them until crunchy and golden, which should take about 10 minutes.
That's it - they're so easy, you can even whip them up tonight as a pre-dinner snack before getting into the more laborious cooking process.