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  • Writer's pictureQuincy Barker

Rosemary Herb Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are simple and easy to make with limited ingredients. They are perfectly sweet, buttery and the right amount of crumbly. Since they are so simple, they make the perfect cookie to get creative with! I would typically add melted chocolate, sprinkles, and some other sweet add-on’s, but I had some leftover rosemary in the fridge from my olive oil cake and thought this could be a unique and cozy flavour combination.

The rosemary adds a woodsy and aromatic flavour that pairs well with this subtly sweet cookie. What you will love about this recipe is that you can add any fresh herb of your choice to this cookie. Simply substitute the fresh rosemary for another fresh herb 1:1.

Although I believe kids would enjoy these cookies, I would definitely classify these as an adult cookie for its mature, sophisticated and untraditional flavour combination. These cookies would pair perfectly with a warm cup of tea or a chilled glass of chardonnay. Serve them at your next tea-time or Sunday brunch.

Rosemary Herb Shortbread Cookies


  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter, softened

  • 6 tablespoons of icing sugar

  • 1 cup of spelt flour

  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped rosemary + whole rosemary pieces for topping


1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper.

2. Cream together the vegan butter and sugar. Add the flour and combine until mixed thoroughly. Fold in the minced rosemary.

3. Form the dough into a shape of a disc and put it in the fridge for an hour to chill.

4. After the dough has chilled, roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Place some whole rosemary pieces on top and lightly roll them into the dough.

5. Using a cookie cutter of choice, press the cookie cutter into the dough and give the cookie cutter a little bit of a shake. Use a spatula to transfer the cookie to the baking sheet safely.

6. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Depending on how thick you have rolled your dough, you might need to adjust your baking time accordingly.

7. Let cool and enjoy.

What herb would you choose for your shortbread cookie? Comment and let me know below!


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