I’m all baked out I think. After this weekend, I don’t think I want to see butter and flour again. I made peppermint chocolate cake, Christmas funfetti cupcakes, Millionaire’s shortbread, chocolate crack-up cookies. While I had a blast baking with my friends, I need a break from my mixer. Ok that is until I make our chocolate bourbon pound cake for Christmas Eve.
Before I take a cookie hiatus, I was to share one of my favorite Christmas cookies I’ve made this year. Part sweet, part savory. Perfect for nibbling on before a big dinner. I can’t wait to experiment with more shortbreads in the future, but this might just be my favorite one!
Sweet & Savory Rosemary Shortbread
(Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½” pieces
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, plus whole leaves
- 1 large egg, beaten to blend
- Coarse sanding sugar (for sprinkling)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and salt until very light and fluffy, 7–10 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add flour, and 2 tsp. chopped rosemary; mix just to combine. Dough will look shaggy and a little dry (it’s not!).
- Press dough into two 8”-diameter cake pans. Brush with egg, sprinkle with sanding sugar, and top with rosemary leaves.
- Bake until shortbread is golden brown and sides pull away from pan, 20–25 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool in pan before turning out and cutting into wedges or bars.
Shortbread dough can be made 1 month ahead; wrap tightly and freeze. Shortbread can be baked 1 week ahead; store wrapped tightly at room temperature.