Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rosemary Shortbread

I love shortbread cookies. They're easy to make and go well with both coffee or tea.
I also love to put herbs in cookies -- and rosemary is a favorite. In addition to rosemary, I often add orange as well -- the zest. There is something about rosemary and orange together.

I used my Brigette cookie cutter so that the cookies read "Rosemary" in French (Romarin).
The cookies were part of an herbal spread with the lemon basil poundcake and a cream cheese and herb spread for crackers. I love to show the versatility of herbs in both sweet and savory dishes.

The cookies are easy and any cutter can be used -- heart, round or rectangle. They can be made too, without the rosemary and orange. They're just a good shortbread.


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, sotened
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 T. rosemary
grated rind from one orange

Sift the flour. Beat the butter and sugar in a mixer until creamy. Add the flour and beat until combined. Add the rosemary and orange zest and beat just to distribute through the dough.

Form dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and chill until firm, at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 325. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut desired shapes. Place on parchment (or sillpat) lined baking sheets and bake until just golden, about 18 minutes.

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Phyllis @Around the House said...

Those cookies look delicious and I will surely have to give that recipe a try, you ;make it sound so easy...thanks for sharing..Phyllis

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love shortbread too and adding rosemary sounds wonderful!

erica said...

Marth....looks good. I'm going to make these cookies. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, this looks and sounds delicious. You have a bad link at Foodie Friday. Folks are receiving "not Found" message. Thought you might like to know.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

I love shortbread, but I never thought about making it myself. I will have to try this and surprise Gary.
Enjoy your weekend. I will be sewing curtains for our master bedroom.

Southerncook said...

Martha, Haven't tried these yet but will soon. This morning I made your Ginger Cookies and they are fabulous. I will have one or two or maybe even three with my tea this afternoon. I don't know why in the world I waited so long to try that recipe but I have now and LOVE them. They won't stick around long in our house.


Unknown said...

Interesting... I also love shortbread... I never would have thought to add rosemary tho! However I was at a High Tea in Victoria and had lavender shortbread... so yes, why not indeed! Lovely...
Have a Super Saturday!
~Really Rainey

Anonymous said...

Shortbread - yum and rosemary, one of my favorite herbs. Have found your blog via Pondside...what a lovely site you have. Thanks so much for sharing the recipes.
I will look at your photos closely - our gardening season ended this week with a killing frost:o( Enjoy your weather!

susan said...

Martha, I am still browsing around food world :) I have some rosemary growing in a pot on the deck. I may give these a try. Of course, I don't have a special cookie cutter like that. Maybe a ghost named Rosemary ?

Indy said...


I have just joined your blog, since I LOVE your design. It is the design I have always wished to use for my home--blue and white plates, creamware, wood, silver, etc. I LOVE it! Please do not erase your old bloggs for a while as I have just seen them, and need some time to review. Thanks!