Rosemary Walnut Shortbread

Rosemary, with its unforgettable pine-like fragrance, pungent flavour, and unique health benefits, is an indispensable herb for every kitchen. They are often used to flavour meat, fish, sauces or soups. Besides its well-known culinary use, rosemary has been used in cosmetic and to treat digestive disorders and headaches.
Adapted from BBC Good Food

  • 325 g All purpose flour
  • 200 g Salted butter
  • 125 g Caster sugar
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary
    , finely chopped
  • 60 g Walnuts, chopped
  1. Put the flour and butter in a food processor and whizz until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, egg yolks and rosemary and whizz to a dough.
  2. Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead in the walnuts. Shape into a log about 5cm across. Wrap in plastic and chill for an hour.
  3. Line two baking trays with paper. Heat the oven to 180C/350F. Slice the dough into biscuits and arrange on the prepared trays. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Remove and transfer to the wire racks to cool.


Belinda @zomppa 14/12/10 14:21

I just found my shortbread recipe for the holidays. Thanks!!! I can't wait to try them.

Annie's Dish 14/12/10 14:23

Up until recently I thought that rosemary was only for meat and poultry. Boy was I surprised when a started seeing it used in sweet treets. Recently I used it myself in an apple pie. That pie was delicious and will be included at the christmas dessert table. Your cookies sound like a great recipe that I hope to try myself soon.

Unknown 14/12/10 14:34

Hey Angie,

Beautiful shortbreads...great combo...:)


foodtravelandwine 14/12/10 14:42

What a mix!!....rosemary and walnuts in a shortbread.....Definitely, a must!! soon as I find fresh rosemary, I will make them.....Wonderful!!....Abrazotes, Marcela

Rosa's Yummy Yums 14/12/10 14:49

Mmmhhh, a terrific flavor combo! Those looks so melt-in-the-mouth and delicious.



Jennie 14/12/10 15:01

I can never get enough of shortbread. This is a great combination Angie. Lovely pictures too!

[Reply] 14/12/10 15:23

Another great recipe! Your stuff is amazing!
Good job.

Unknown 14/12/10 15:38

I adore rosemary!! I bet these taste amazing!

Jeannie 14/12/10 15:45

Another easy to bake cookies from you! Yummy!

motherrimmy 14/12/10 15:56

Beautiful shortbread. The combination of rosemary and walnuts is fabulous!

kitchen flavours 14/12/10 15:59

Beautiful pictures! Love the flavour of rosemary in this yummy looking shortbread. It would be nice if I can have some with my tea!

TasteHongKong 14/12/10 15:59

Nice two in one, I like it : ).

Carol 14/12/10 15:59

Delicious flavors in a cookie! They look amazing!

Finla 14/12/10 16:03

Wowo i can imagine the yumminess in these cookies.

ann low 14/12/10 16:05

I just bought a pot of fresh rosemary and I would definitely like to try these cookies.

Claudia 14/12/10 16:15

The rosemary's sitting in the fridge begging to be used. I shall comply. Delicious!

Carolyn 14/12/10 16:19

These are gorgeous! I adore walnuts, and to add rosemary is just inspired!

Unknown 14/12/10 16:27

Looks so crispy and perfect...I luv the texture of shortbreads.

j3ss kitch3n 14/12/10 16:54

another awesome cookie from you! yummy!

Roxan 14/12/10 16:57

Angie this shortbread looks wonderful. I love how just about any herb can be switched out in this recipe!

Cherine 14/12/10 17:01

Fabulous shortbreads. Rosemary and walnuts, what a great combo!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 14/12/10 17:16

This is my favorite kind of treat - full of delicious flavor and unadorned by sweet icings. They sound fabulous!

Priya Suresh 14/12/10 17:21

Wat a nutty and fabulous looking shortbreads, feel like grabbing some..

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 14/12/10 17:23

Hi Angie - sorry I have been absent so long - I missed so many of your posts!!! :( I have been busy, busy, busy and just got back from a trip.

Anyway, I LOVE your nutty, herby shortbread rounds!!! Also I need to check out your avocado cookies! Love both for their unusual flavor combinations. Your photos are drop dead gorgeous, as always!

Emily Z 14/12/10 18:03

I've seen some great recipes for shortbread in the food blogging world, but none with flavors like this. It sounds fabulous with the rosemary in particular.

Puja 14/12/10 18:08

wow, they have come out sooooooooooo well.Fantastic flavor combo!

US Masala

Sarah Naveen 14/12/10 18:10

Gorgeous clicks..looks fabulously yummy!!

Radhika @ foodfor7stages 14/12/10 18:36

They look so festive. Rosemary and walnuts marry well in this shortbread.

Unknown 14/12/10 18:52

I love shortbread, and I love how you've got a mix of sweet and savoury going on here, I bet these are absolutely wonderful.
*kisses* HH

Cristina - Teenie Cakes 14/12/10 18:54

Oh YUM! I've had shortbread on the brain these last days, using rosemary...just haven't gotten around to making it yet. I think I'll switch and use your recipe instead. What a great flavor combination, using walnuts and rosemary in buttery goodness of shortbread.

Umm Mymoonah 14/12/10 19:00

You are queen of making bisciuts, gorgeous basket of biscuits.

RV @ Food for 7 Stages 14/12/10 19:52

Hi Angie, I have added this recipe to 'What am I craving for' column in my blog. I have linked the pic to this post as well.

Sandhya Hariharan 14/12/10 20:28

Wow.. Would love to try them... thinking of replacing rosemary with chocolate chip may b....

Unknown 14/12/10 20:56

so good to know about my fav rosemary ...and cookies looks smashing!

Faith 14/12/10 20:57

I love savory shortbread and this looks delicious! Walnuts and rosemary are lovely together!

A Canadian Foodie 14/12/10 21:18

I love the idea of a savoury shortbread - particularly one with rosemary as it is so indicative of this time of year. The addition of the walnuts also lends to the savoury bite with the rosemary. Love the idea. At Michael Smith's session in Christmas in November, he made 8 different kinds of savoury sugar cookies that were ALL incredible.

marla 14/12/10 21:40

Such a wonderful recipe for shortbread cookies- -love the addition of rosemary.

lisaiscooking 14/12/10 22:01

I love that these bring together a sweet and savory mix. The rosemary sounds delicious!

Nadji 14/12/10 22:29

Des biscuits des plus délicieux.
J'aime beaucoup.
See soon.

Juliana 14/12/10 22:39

Angie, what a great combination for shortbread cookie...absolutely love the walnut and rosemary...can almost taste them...SO YUMMIE!

Unknown 14/12/10 23:35

I really shortbread and the addition of rosemary sounds wonderful, and the crunch from walnuts. yum. If you could please send some, that'll be great... hehe... :)

Anonymous 15/12/10 00:12

What an excellent shortbread recipe to make for Christmas! Thanks for sharing.

Catherine 15/12/10 01:30

Oooh I love these! Beautiful presentation and wonderful recipe!
Hugs & Blessings~

Hornsfan 15/12/10 01:38

Stunning photos as always Angie, I love the recipe too, what a great thing to post among the super sugary treats for the holiday season

Joyti 15/12/10 01:46

How delicious! There's a coffee shop near me that sells pine nut-rosemary shortbread, and its pretty I can imagine how utterly wonderful your shortbread would be.

Kumi 15/12/10 02:03

It's rare that I have all the ingredients from your recipes, but this one, I do! I guess I know what I'll be doing tomorrow.

Anonymous 15/12/10 03:42

Lovely shortbread with rosemary flavor and great with walnuts too!

Cheah 15/12/10 05:04

Think your shortbread will taste lovely with this combo!

theUngourmet 15/12/10 05:36

I love rosemary in baked goods. These look wonderful! They would be a great gift for the holidays.

noobcook 15/12/10 06:43

I always love herbs and spices used in baking. your shortbread is gorgeous!

busygran 15/12/10 07:17

This sounds good! Will try using rosemary the next time I bake my shortbread!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 15/12/10 09:42

I like to use Rosemary in baking too, this sound simple and good!

carmenpiva 15/12/10 10:31

Thanks for visiting my blog and being so nice. I love coming to see yours, but I'm really short of time these days (end of term exams...)

Joanne 15/12/10 12:49

Sweet/savory fusions are the best! I love this inventive combination!

Paul Jennette 15/12/10 13:35

Another great offering for Angie's Kitchen! I don't think I have ever had rosemary in bread, but it sounds delicious!! Angie I think your photography skills are fantastic!! Happy Holidays!!

Evan @swEEts 15/12/10 16:26

I was planning on making just plain shortbread tonight but now I'm re-thinking that choice because this looks so good! Well done Angie :)

Dimah 15/12/10 18:16

Those sound wonderful!yummy!

Monet 15/12/10 22:52

My sweet husband just bought me a rosemary I know another recipe that I can use this wonderful herb in. These shortbreads look delicious! I hope you have a wonderful end to your week. Thanks for brightening my day!

Sophie Sportende Foodie 15/12/10 23:01

Delightful & savoury cookies,..;great appetizers too!


Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 15/12/10 23:25

This is a wonderful way to incorporate rosemary into a cookie. I've done similar cookie with lemon and thyme before - Absolutely delicious and full of unexpected flavor! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, Angie. All my best to you :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 16/12/10 04:01

Nutty crunchy herby...a divine combination. A great thing to snack on, Angie!

My Little Space 16/12/10 07:38

Hi Angie, love the cookies you've been baking especially the avocado creamcheese cookies & brussel sprouts with pesto sounds as wonderful. Yes, I'm back and is fully charged. haha.... Hope everything is well and have a great day.
Cheers, Kristy

chow and chatter 16/12/10 13:57

this looks amazing and neat to have a savory version

Elisabeth 16/12/10 15:06

Angie-This is the best shortbread recipe, with the walnuts, and rosemary. Love the crisp and crunchiness, and it's so pretty!
As a matter of fact, everything you make is so perfect and beautiful. I copied and printed out your recipe...I'm so inspired to make this for the holidays!
Thank you, for sharing!

Unknown 16/12/10 16:24

I love this recipe. I finally made shortbread for the first time last weekend. I can't wait to try this one.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 16/12/10 17:38

Oh Angie, my kindred spirit. I'd like to offer you the position of my new best friend!!! ;)

Heavenly cookies!

Mary Bergfeld 16/12/10 18:07

I love the combination of sweet and savory in this recipe. I could use another recipe for shortbread and this sounds delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Angela 16/12/10 18:34

Those. Look. Amazing. I need to make these for my neighbors who cannot eat sweets. Wonderful idea, thanks.

Sue 16/12/10 18:35

What a unique recipe! They look so good! I'm sure they taste good as well!

Biren @ Roti n rice 16/12/10 18:41

Another lovely cookie! Never thought of adding rosemary to cookies but they sound really good.

Reeni 17/12/10 00:52

I never made a savory shortbread Angie! But these look so good I'm inspired!

Raina 17/12/10 01:47

I am totally intrigued by these cookies. I would never have thought to put rosemary in a shortbread, but I bet they are delicious:)

Beth 17/12/10 01:58

I love the photographs of your cookies. They look great!

Unknown 17/12/10 02:15

Oh Angie, your rosemary walnut shortbread looks good. Your photos with the rosemary and walnuts are beautiful;-)

Devaki 17/12/10 02:27

This is an excellent recipe and the mix of rosemary and walnuts is simply divine :)

Chow, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

tigerfish 17/12/10 04:08

The fragrance must be so alluring! The buttery balanced with walnuts and rosemary ;)

Magic of Spice 17/12/10 06:57

Rosemary is one of my favorite flavors as well as scents...Added to shortbread cookies, I am already gaining weight just imagining these ;) Perfect and delightful!

Sanjeeta kk 17/12/10 11:21

What lovely flavors you use for your baking, Angie. Hard to resist the pictures. Wish I could have a bite of those gorgeous cookies.

Elin Chia 17/12/10 11:32

Angie...I love cookies with rosemary and nuts. I can imagine how fragrant these cookies are. Thanks for sharing the recipe . Have bookmarked it :)

Merry Xmas to you and family...have a blessed one too! :)

Christine Ho 17/12/10 12:40

Love shortbreads all the time. They are more fabulous for the festive season. The fragrances of rosemary and nuts are the precious adds to this crispy snack.

FOODESSA 17/12/10 16:54

I may just have to surprise my step-dad with these. He loves Rosemary...and this cookie will go perfectly with a glass of his amazing homemade vino ;o)

Have a great weekend,

OysterCulture 18/12/10 01:55

I love rosemary in cookies, and this just sounds incredible. What a wonderful combination, you have me dreaming of this and a lovely cup of tea.

Ivy 19/12/10 06:48

Rosemary is an ingredient we use often in Greek cuisine and love its taste. The cookies sound amazing.

The Duo Dishes 20/12/10 07:23

Super butter and savory! Love rosemary to death, so the more it's used, the better.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 20/12/10 20:46

Hey Angie~ I'm back to tell you I made these cookies this weekend and they were GLORIOUS! I wanted to mention them in my final Christmas Cookie post with the other cookies I baked this weekend--with your permission of course! I would provide a link and the photo I took. I would be happy to provide YOUR photo if you'd like! Let me know!

Stella 21/12/10 00:21

Yum, Angie! You really do make the best treats. I want some of this short bread with hot soup and tea. Right now (smile)!

Unknown 22/12/10 22:01

Oh my goodness! That is such an excellent idea, I can just imagine how great the rosemary must go with the buttery cookies! I will have to add this to my Christmas cookie baking list :)


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