i should be mopping the floor: Rosemary Shortbread Stars

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rosemary Shortbread Stars

We're kicking off the first day of my Christmas series with 
Rosemary Shortbread Stars! 
They're a delightful holiday cookie with a fragrant rosemary twist.

When I first tasted a shortbread cookie with rosemary, I thought, "Wow...this is a total grown up cookie"! I loved the surprise of an herb in a cookie {it seemed so sophisticated!}. These are perfect with a cup of hot tea or even left under the tree for Santa with a cup of milk.

I love these cookies because of their simplicity. They're made with just four ingredients. There's a good chance you may have them all on hand {or in your yard}. We have more than one large rosemary plant in our yard and I'm constantly just running out to them with scissors {they shudder when they see me coming}. I use rosemary in so many dishes...and even sweets like these cookies!

For this recipe, you'll need:
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary {I like to chop each little rosemary "leaf" into thirds for this recipe...the texture it adds to the cookie is fantastic!}

Cream butter with electric mixer. Add in powdered sugar and beat well. Slowly add in flour, beating on very low speed until it’s all blended. Fold in rosemary.

Roll your dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out star shapes with cutter {you'll need to ball up, re-roll and repeat a few times. Place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 325 for 17 minutes, until lightly browned.

Makes about 1 dozen. 

These would be super cute wrapped in cellophane with a bow for a sweet gift. 

To download the printable card, click on the image below:

Stop by tomorrow for day two of my 12 days of Christmas series. 
I'll be sharing a holiday pallet sign that I made with my Silhouette.

Can't get enough holiday treat-age? Check out my bloggy buddy, Kelly's Peppermint Cookie Bark that she posted today, too! It's to die for, y'all! 
Click here for recipe.

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  1. I would have never thought to add rosemary to shortbread cookies. Sounds amazing!!! Happy Holidays to you and yours, sweet friend. HUGS!

  2. I made these tonight- unbelievably delicious!

  3. These look absolutely heavenly Kristi! Just beautiful!

  4. These sound delicious. I love shortbread and the rosemary would give it a little flavor surprise. I'm eager to try your recipe. Would you be willing to share this and any of your other great recipes or projects at our Making Monday link party? We would love it and think our readers will, too. Thanks. Have a fantastic day. Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/making-monday-17/

  5. we have so much rosemary at home! i will have to give these cookies a try :)

  6. Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday link party!

  7. Thank you for sharing this great recipe at The Pin Junkie! It was featured in this week’s holiday dessert roundup. http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/12/christmas-dessert-recipes.html Please stop by to grab a featured button and be sure to join the party tonight at 7:00 MST to share your best projects and another chance to be featured on The Pin Junkie! Wishing you very happy holidays!