Well, it’s been a crazy few days around here. As many of you know, Lane spent the last week in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. In a fun twist of fate, we actually had booked overlapping trips and had great plans for a fun dinner out in the land of sunshine. Unfortunately, I was caught up in the spectaular Delta scheduling debacle last weekend and my flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix was ultimately cancelled and we didn’t make it to Arizona in time to reschedule. I decided to drown my sorrows in some baked goods. Enter: Lemon Rosemary Shortbread.
These buttery little cookies are, in my humble opinion, the perfect combination of sweet and just a little bit savory. They pair beautifully with a great cup of tea or a glass of wine. And, best of all, they are really easy to make and don’t require a lot of fancy equipment or ingredients. You need good butter, fresh lemon juice (none of that bottled juice!) and a small bit of fresh rosemary. In other words, they are my kind of cookie: simple and so very good.
The key to success is not rushing: you need to really let your butter soften before making the dough and definitely give the mixed dough time to chill before cutting the cookies. Other than that, it’s really just a “throw it in the mixer” kind of recipe. You can absolutely keep the chilled dough in the fridge for a day or two before baking or even the dough in the freezer for later.
If round cookies aren’t your thing, or you just want to get fancy with some shapes, you can also roll it out into a 1/4″ thick slab and cut the cookies into whatever shape your little heart desires. I’m a bit of a lazy cook so I went with rustic rounds. Traditional shortbread rectangles or squares work beautifully as well.
One word of advice: don’t skip the glaze or the extra lemon zest and sprinkle of turbinado sugar. They really highlight the lemon flavor of the cookies and the sugar give it just the tiniest bit of sweet crunch. That being said, if you want to bring out more of the savory – the naked cookie is fantastic in it’s own right.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 Cups all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 teaspoons lemon zest, divided
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar, for topping
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar.
- Add the vanilla and lemon juice and mix until just combined.
- With the mixer on low, add in the flour, salt, 2 teaspoons of the lemon zest and rosemary and allow to mix until a dough forms. Do not over mix.
- Using your hands, roll the dough into a log shaped, approximately 2.5 in diameter and cover with plastic wrap.
- Chill the dough for at least an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- With a serrated knife, gently slice the chilled dough into ¼ inch thick cookie rounds.
- Place the rounds on your prepared cookie sheet, allowing a half inch between cookies.
- Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes, or until the edges are just golden brown.
- While the cookies are baking, prepare the glaze by gently whisking together the powdered sugar and lemon juice.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool.
- When mostly cool, top the cookies with a small amount of the glaze and sprinkle each cookie with the remaining lemon zest and a small amount of turbinado sugar.
- Keep in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze.
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