Savory Spiced Shortbreads

Savory Spiced Shortbreads Recipe

Annabelle Breakey

These buttery, curry-flavored shortbreads are perfect with cocktails—particularly those made with whiskey, bourbon or rye.


Makes 36 crackers
Total time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 53
Caloriesfromfat 66 %
Protein 0.5 g
Fat 3.9 g
Satfat 2.4 g
Carbohydrate 4.1 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Sodium 104 mg
Cholesterol 10 mg


3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/4 cups flour, plus more for rolling


1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer (or in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment), beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add salt, curry powder, cumin, black pepper, turmeric, and cayenne. Beat until well combined. Scrape down mixer and sides of bowl. Beat in flour until well combined.

2. Turn dough out onto a large piece of waxed paper on a flat surface. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough into a 2-in.-wide log about 12 in. long. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

3. Preheat oven to 325° and set oven rack in middle position. Cut dough into 1/4-in.-thick slices. Lay slices at least 1/2 in. apart on baking sheets. Bake in batches on middle rack until set but not brown, about 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cracker.


The crackers keep up to 2 months in an airtight container.

December 2007
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