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Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

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Every time I smell rosemary I have a sudden urge to make rosemary shortbread cookies. It’s hard to explain, but even when I see the rosemary bush on my parent’s deck, I need to make these rosemary cookies.

That is of course when I’m not making Key Lime Cookies! (Can you tell that I like cookies?!)

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How To Make Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

  1. Add the sugar, butter, flour and of course rosemary to a food processor (don’t forget to remove the rosemary from the branch)
  2. Pulse everything in the food processor until it is combined (don’t overdo it)
  3. Press mixture into a round 9-inch cake pan
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

That’s it!! When baked, take it out of the oven (don’t forget to wear oven mitts). Let your amazing rosemary cookies sit for at least 15 minutes. Try to not eat all these rosemary cookies before you serve them :).

This rosemary shortbread cookie recipe is so simple and is one of my favorite cookie recipes of all time. I’m only 10 years old, but trust me I’ve eaten lots of cookies in my lifetime and these are the best I’ve ever made.

a single slice of shortbread rosemary slices. one slice is on a plate and four slices and one with a spatula underneath it

Can You Make Cookies With Rosemary

Yes, you sure can! I did and you can too. I found this rosemary cookie recipe one day visiting the library. Of course, when I go to the library I usually head straight for the recipe book section. When l saw this rosemary recipe l wanted to make them SO much, but I didn’t have time to make them because it was summertime and I was going away to Girl Guides Camp. I dreamed about them almost every day in camp but couldn’t make them until I returned.

When the day finally came and was home from camp I went right to the kitchen and the deck to the rosemary bush and baked this rosemary butter cookie recipe. It was so worth the wait. They were so delicious and I know you will love them too.

three slices of rosemary shortbread cookies stacked on top of each other with a sprig of rosemary in the foreground

What Are the Best Types of Shortbread Cookies

There are many types of shortbread cookies to eat so try some little twists on these rosemary shortbread cookies. My very fussy friend (she doesn’t even like pizza!!) and I have experimented with these rosemary cookie recipes and even she liked them all. Here is a list of the many kinds of rosemary shortbread cookies that I’ve tried:

  • Lemon rosemary shortbread cookies – add 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • Rosemary chocolate chip shortbread cookies – add 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • Lavender rosemary shortbread cookies – add 1/2-1 teaspoon of crushed lavender flowers
  • Orange rosemary shortbread cookies – add 1 teaspoon of orange zest

rosemary shortbread slice on a white plate and the whole pie of slices next to it and a couple of sprigs of rosemary on the side.

How To Grow Rosemary

You can grow rosemary from seeds, but if you know someone who has a rosemary bush, take a clipping and place it in a vase with water. The rosemary cuttings will grow roots in 4-6 weeks. We’re growing one right now actually! Once they have grown roots (and it’s warm enough outside), you can move it into a pot outside with direct sunlight. If you have your own rosemary bush then you can make this recipe all the time like me!

My Favorite Cookies List (so far):

I hope you will love these easy rosemary cookies like I love these rosemary flavored cookies.


Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Rosemary shortbread cookies are super easy and tasty. I LOVE to make these rosemary cookies for friends and family. Whip them up for your next get together!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie recipe with rosemary, easy shortbread recipe, rosemary butter cookie, rosemary cookie recipe, rosemary shortbread cookie
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Sydney Love


  • Food processor


  • cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary stripped from the branch and chopped
  • ¼ cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Add all ingredients to the food processor. Pulse everything in the food processor (briefly! just until might be crumbly).
  • Press mixture into a round 9 inch cake pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes and cut.
Calories: 138kcal

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

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rosemary shortbread cookie slice on a white plate with a rosemary sprig in the foreground

rosemary shortbread cookie shown as a pie with one slice removed and a sprig of rosemary.

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rosemary cookies shown as a pie with the pieces separated
a single slice of shortbread rosemary slices. one slice is on a plate and four slices and one with a spatula underneath it

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