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Rosemary Shortbread Cookies


This might be a new favorite! The balance of flavors is wonderful, and I have TONS of rosemary growing like weeds in my yard. Cindy Ruth posted this recipe (from epicurious.com) on the "Cookie Swap" recipe thread on Slow Talk. I kept the ingredients the same, but simplified the technique. It is a keeper!


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 sticks(3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons mild honey
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Garnish: rosemary sprigs

Preheat overn to 300 degrees F.

Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and rosemary in a bowl.
Mix together butter, honey, and confectioners sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed, then add flour mixture and mix until dough is smooth. (My butter was really soft.) Gather dough into a ball and transfer to a lightly floured surface, adding a little flour if necessary. Knead slightly if necessary. (My dough did not need kneading, so I skipped the floured surface, and went straight to the pan.)


Press into two 9" UNgreased cake pans (or one larger one). Score dough into design by making "lines" with a fork. Repeat in opposite direction. Press rosemary sprigs lightly into dough if desired for garnish. I used 25 tiny sprigs per pan. Sprinkle with tablespoon of sugar. Bake 20 minutes. Cool in pan on rack for 5-10 minutes, then cut into squares with a sharp knife, and remove from baking pan(s).

Enjoy with a cup of coffee, tea, or prosecco!

Comments (3)

Palma, will you make these for us in Montisi please? I think we need to start a list....


These look great Palma. I saw an interesting recipe the other day for a cookie with sage and then blackberry jelly. I may have to give it a try. I like the idea of mixing savoury and sweet.


These are absolutely beautiful! I am glad that you didn't dress them up with a cookie cutter- the rustic look makes them perfect! Thank you for sharing you have a great talent that I truly appreciate!

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