Shortbread cookies are a classic Christmas treat — and quite nostalgic for some. Subbing some cornstarch for flour makes for tender treats, and adding a little citrus and rosemary, along with a light sprinkle of sparkling sugar, helps make these festive. These sweet biscuits will be especially popular with Santa.
Rosemary & Orange Shortbread Cookies
- Measuring Cups/Spoons
- Rectangular Tart Pan
- 18 x 24-Inch Plastic Cutting Board
- 8" Chef's Knife
- Glass Nesting Bowls
- 9" Wire Whisk
- 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
- 2 ½ cups All-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. Cornstarch
- 2 tbsp. Minced fresh rosemary
- Minced zest of 2 oranges
- ½ tsp. Table salt
- 2 ½ Sticks unsalted butter, softened (20 Tbsp.)
- ⅔ cup Granulated sugar
- Small rosemary bundles
- 1 tbsp. Sparkling sugar
- Lightly coat two 4×13-inch tart pans with removeable bottoms or one 9×13-inch baking pan with butter.
- Whisk together flour, cornstarch, 2 Tbsp. rosemary, zest, and salt.
- Beat butter in a bowl with a hand mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 minutes. Add granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy, 2 minutes more.
- Add half the flour mixture; beat on low speed until combined. Add remaining flour, beating only until flour is incorporated. Divide dough in half and press each into a prepared pan. Pierce dough with a fork to mark cut lines, then dock.
- Lightly press a rosemary bundle into every other cookie, sprinkle each with sparkling sugar, then chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- Bake shortbread until edges begin to brown and start to pull away from sides of pans, 60–75 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking.
- Turn shortbread out onto a cutting board; cut along score lines into rectangles. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.
1 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories144
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 6g 30%
- Cholesterol 25mg 9%
- Sodium 50mg 3%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Protein 1g 2%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.