Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Makes 32 cookies

Rich, buttery shortbread gets a subtle, savory twist from the rosemary.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°. Put flour, butter, granulated sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the zest of 1 lemon and rosemary. Mix on low speed, then increase to medium and mix until dough is no longer crumbly and just comes together.

Step 2

Form dough into a disk and chill 30 minutes. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough until 1/2 in. thick. Cut dough into circles with a 1 1/2-in. cookie cutter. Reroll scraps as needed. Arrange on baking sheets 1 in. apart and chill 15 minutes.

Step 3

Bake until light golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Step 4

Mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, and the remaining zest until smooth. Spoon 1/2 tsp. glaze over each cooled cookie, spreading with the back of the spoon; then press 1 rosemary sprig into center of each cookie.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Ratings & Reviews

Kingjesterman's Review

December 21, 2012

VirginiaLaurie's Review

December 15, 2012
Delicious! Instead of rolling the dough and using cookie cutters, I shaped it into a log, chilled it, and sliced into rounds. Small diameter works best. Very attractive and tasty!

laegnome's Review

February 05, 2012
Very lemony and delicious. Rich, buttery and simple. I think next time I'd add a tiny bit more rosemary and use salted butter rather than unsalted. Very pretty!

Debbini's Review

December 08, 2011
Easy to make, light,, crispy, and has a pleasant dimention (the rosemary) that other cookies dont have.

Refinnej's Review

January 14, 2011
I made these for the holidays and they were a hit! Not too sweet, just right! Subtle and delicious. Easy to make too! Followed the recipe exactly. Not just for special occasions, Making them to bring to a party again tonight (by request!)

bgmckenna's Review

December 17, 2009
Wow, what a fantastic suprise. All my friends loved it and I won a prize at our holiday competition. This was easy and delish, now I'm sending this recipes to everybody. This was the first time I've ever baked a shortbread cookie, and it won't be my last. Next time I may add more rosemary to the recipe.