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Rosemary Shortbread Stars Recipe

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These Rosemary Shortbread Stars are a delightful holiday cookie with a fragrant rosemary twist. The unexpected addition of rosemary adds so much dimension to a simple shortbread cookie. See how to make this recipe for Rosemary Shortbread Stars below.

Rosemary Shortbread
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 fancy and sophisticated). These Rosemary Shortbread Stars are perfect with a cup of hot tea or even left under the tree for Santa with a cup of milk. It'll be a nice change from all of the chocolate chip cookies everyone else decides to leave for him.

Rosemary Shortbread Stars Recipe

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 garden). 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!
Shortbread Cookies
And a word to the wise...they melt in your mouth and are impossible to resist! So, hide them if you need to (wink). Also, I really prefer a plastic star cookie cutter for these. My metal ones always get bent up and aren't the ideal star shape after a use or two. Grab this same set I use HERE on Amazon. 

Recipe Ingredients

Rosemary Shortbread (Make into Stars or Other Shapes)


  • 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. S
  • lowly 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 your star shaped cookie 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.

Download the printable recipe here.

Rosemary-infused cookies
Makes about one dozen. 

Christmas Shortbread
These would be super cute wrapped in cellophane with a bow for a sweet gift. Add some of my cute free printable baking stickers to your package.

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! 

Peppermint Bark


  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

  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. 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!