Rosemary Shortbread Cookies with Brown Sugar

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These are the best rosemary shortbread cookies made with brown sugar! They’re buttery, chewy and have the perfect shortbread crisp with a classic shortbread flavor. Make them into any shape you want, we chose stars to create the perfect Christmas shortbread cookies. Also check out our favorite cookie recipes too.

If you love shortbread cookies as much as we do, try our very popular lemon and thyme shortbread cookies and our classic thumbprint cookie recipe too! They’re both absolutely incredible.

the best rosemary shortbread cookies

We love these cookies because they have a rich buttery flavor. The brown sugar adds even more flavor depth and the rosemary creates a beautiful, earthy flavor and they’re perfect Christmas shortbread cookies.

They also make great cutout cookies. The dough it pillow soft, so we refrigerate it for an hour and then it’s perfect for making shapes using cookie cutters.

This recipe also uses cornstarch, which helps create a crumbly and tender cookie. It really make s big difference in the texture of the cookie, creating an even better shortbread consistency.

How to Make Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

ingredients to make shortbread cookies

Ingredients (Full Recipe Below)

Unsalted Butter – Good quality butter works best for making cookies.

Dark Brown Sugar – This is rich in molasses and gives the cookies a deep flavor.

Rosemary – Fresh rosemary, chopped is what we recommend for this recipe.

All-Purpose Flour – We use King Arthur All-Purpose.

Baking Powder – Acts as a leavening agent.

Cornstarch – Creates a tender and crumby texture.

Vanilla Extract – Adds and enhances the flavors in the cookies.

Directions

Cream butter, brown sugar, vanilla and rosemary.

In a bowl add all of the dry ingredients.

Mix the dry ingredients with the creamed butter.

Scrape bowl down.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough out on parchment paper and use cookie cutters to make shapes.

Bake on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper for 18 minutes in a 325 degree oven.

rosemary shortbread cookies star shaped

Tips for Making Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

  • Always use whole, organic good quality ingredients when possible. It does make a difference.
  • Refrigerate the dough before making shapes.
  • Make slice and bake by shaping the dough into a round log, refrigerating for 3 hours and then slicing.
  • Only use fresh rosemary for this recipe. You can find it in the produce section of the grocery store.
  • When rolling out the shortbread, add just a little flour and a little powdered sugar to create a non-stick surface.
  • Let the cookies cool completely before serving.

How to Store and Freeze Shortbread Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

Wrap the cookies well and freeze for 3 months.

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

These cookies are delicious for the holidays! Use a star or snowflake cookie cutter to make festive shapes. The will pair perfectly with holiday cookies in a cookie box. The rosemary and brown sugar are wonderful flavor combination.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the secret to good shortbread?


Good quality butter and cornstarch will create the perfect shortbread cookie. Another secret for making the best shortbread is using granulated sugar or brown sugar rather than confectioners sugar. It’s provides a much crisper cookie.

How do you know when a shortbread cookie is cooked?

The cookies are usually done baking once they begin to turn a light golden brown. I like to take mine out a few seconds before this happens or right when I see the edge of the cookie turn light brown.

Christmas shortbread cookies

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rosemary shortbread cookies

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

These are the best rosemary sugar shortbread cookies made with brown sugar! They’re buttery, chewy and have the perfect shortbread crisp with a classic shortbread flavor
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract , pure
  • 2 tsp rosemary, fresh, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Cream butter, brown sugar, vanilla and rosemary.
  • In a mixing bowl add all of the dry ingredients.
    ingredients to make shortbread cookies
  • Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the dry ingredients in with the creamed butter. Do not over mix.
  • Turn the mixer off and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Roll the dough out about 1" thick on parchment paper and use cookie cutters to make shapes.
    rosemary shortbread cookie dough
  • Bake about 9 cookies at a time on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper for 18 minutes in a 325 degree oven.
    shortbread cookie dough star

Notes

Every oven is different, so make sure you check the cookies after baking for 15 minutes. 
Use whole ingredients and good quality butter.
Refrigerate the dough for up to 2 days, covered. 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 thoughts on “Rosemary Shortbread Cookies with Brown Sugar”

  1. 5 stars
    OH MY! These are AH-MA-ZING! I was hesitant about baking these because of the rosemary but my friend wanted me to make them . So happy I did! Even used fresh rosemary from my garden! DO NOT HESITATE like I did. Make these NOW!

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  2. 5 stars
    I don’t normally think of rosemary as a dessert ingredient, but it totally works! These are amazing! Adding them to my Christmas cookie tray this year.

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