Rosemary Shortbread this Christmas

Posted on: December 22, 2013

Rosemary Shortbread for Christmas by Jessica's Dinner Party

It’s become a little tradition of mine to bake Christmas gifts for family and friends. I have to admit, homemade gifts are a lot of time and effort,  but the joy I get from seeing someone enjoy something I’ve made pales in comparison to the sweat that goes into it!  There are an endless amount of ideas as to what to give for the holidays, but this year I decided to be traditional and make cookies.  During the few days left leading up to Christmas I’ll share with you the trio of cookies I made for my gift box.  Here is this first, my favorite rosemary shortbread.

Rosemary Shortbread for Christmas by Jessica's Dinner Party

Rosemary Shortbread for Christmas by Jessica's Dinner Party

I came across this recipe earlier this year and have made them several times with success since. The shortbread is slightly sweet and pairs nicely with the savory flavors of rosemary. Nutty and fragrant, it’s a great inclusion to an otherwise sweet-sweet-sweet cookie box. The dough is easy to put together and can easily made into different shapes. Here I’ve cut them into small coins, but I’ve also made them bigger and have also even just pressed into a free-form round, all with great results.  Although I’ve included them in a cookie box, I also imagine them going well on a cheese plate at a holiday part, or as a light before-meal nibble with drinks. The cookie can stand alone, but can also work well paired with others.  It’s versatility and flavor is why I’ve come back to it so often.

Rosemary Shortbread for Christmas by Jessica's Dinner Party

Rosemary Shortbread for Christmas by Jessica's Dinner Party

It’s such an easy recipe that I hope some of you are inspired to include it to your holiday prep.  It’s so simple that, yes!, it can be shimmied in at the last minute three days before Christmas.

Rosemary Shortbread for Christmas by Jessica's Dinner Party

Rosemary Shortbread
Adapted from Home Made

280 g butter, room temperature
100 g sugar
36 g honey
430 g flour
18 g baking powder
5 g salt
19 g rosemary, chopped

Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and rosemary together. In another bowl cream butter, sugar, and honey. Once the butter is light and fluffy, and the flour mixture to the bowl.  Mix until the dough just comes together. Divide into two rounds. Wrap and chill for 2-3 hours, overnight, or up to 3 days.  It can also be frozen for up to a month.

Preheat oven to 340 degrees F or 170 degrees C.

Bring the dough out of the fridge 30 minutes before rolling.  Once the dough is workable, roll to desired thickness (I like mine between 3 and 4 mm). Cut as many cookies out as possible.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, about 3 cm apart. Combine scraps and re-roll.  If possible, re-roll just one more time.  If the dough is too soft, place in the fridge for a few minutes.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on size. The cookies are done when the top is golden brown and the bottom a little tan.


  • christina

    Would love to have received some of these for Christmas! Very pretty pictures, and love the twine.

  • Billy

    can’t wait for the other recipes and to shimmy some more!

  • saucy ganders

    Love the idea of shimmying into Christmas cookies! We are making a cheesy shortbread-type cookie tomorrow! :-D

  • Jessica

    Christina- Thanks! I love that twine too! It just gives the perfect Christmas vibe.

  • Jessica

    Billy- Yay!! The post will be up very very soon!

  • Jessica

    Saucy Ganders- Ooh, what type are you making?!

  • Two Red Bowls

    These are too adorable. And I bet you’re so right that they’d be such a perfect addition to a cheese plate!

  • michelle

    These are just so pretty! Remember when you made cookies for everyone years ago, and you had a list of people to make cookies for? And on that list was “Andrew” and I was like “Who’s Andrew?” Haha

  • Jessica

    Two Red Bowls- Thanks so much! I’ve made bigger ones, but this little coin sized variation is my favorite.

  • Jessica

    Michelle- Haha that was funny!

  • Vivienne

    Ooohhh this is the most delicious xmas gift idea I’ve seen this holiday season Jess! I’ve pondered long and hard what to make for my friends – ended up making granola haha but I’m def going to be trying this recipe next week – i also bought those letter imprints thing from japan lately so looking forward to put it to use to :)

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