This recipe for Brown Butter Rosemary Cookies is a new addition my standard Christmas Cookie lineup. The Rosemary provides a lovely, pine-y fragrance to brown butter shortbread, resulting in a delicious cookie

Kate and I will start baking our Christmas cookies this week when she’s home for Thanksgiving.  Actually, we’ll be doing this baking on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as we will be putting up our tree and decorating the rest of the house on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.  I’d imagine the traditions and expectations around our Christmas Decorating are similar to those in your family.  We’ll have our favorite Christmas music piping through the house and have a plate of cookies set out to keep us fortified during the frenzied fun. We will also have a spread of cheese, meat and other noshes as the meals on Friday will be of the ‘grazing’ variety since I will be way too busy to cook.

We easily make 8-10 different cookie recipes each holiday season so that each member of the family has several favorites to choose from. It’s fun to look back and see how each cookie came to be on our Christmas cookie list.  Just as we bring furniture and pictures to a marriage, favorite family cookie recipes come too.  Terry grew up with the Peanut Butter Blossom, which were new to me.  My Grandma made the double chocolate cookies and the pizzelle maker I use is the one she used 40+ years ago.  I’ll be curious to see what cookie recipes my kids take with them when they set up a home of their own.

Some of our top favorites include:

Anise Pizzelle

Double Chocolate

Amaretto Butter Cookie

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Brown Butter Shortbread

Raspberry Jam Thumbprint

Oatmeal Raisin

Sugar Cookie Cut outs

Molasses

Brown Butter Rosemary Cookies at www.nourishandnestle.com

A recent addition to the line-up has been a Rosemary Shortbread cookie that was offered at a Cookie Swap I attended several years back.  While I loved this recipe, I was anxious to take it up a notch by using browned butter.  Browning butter takes an already yummy kitchen staples to serious new heights.  Its nutty, caramel flavor is perfection in shortbread cookies and over pasta where it doesn’t have to compete for attention on your palate.  I used Irish butter because its higher fat content makes it just that much more flavorful. And while brown butter is outstanding on its own, adding some rosemary to it makes you question the adage ‘you can’t improve perfection.’   Thus was born Brown Butter Rosemary Cookies.  

Rosemary in a cookie?  Don’t knock it until you try it!  In this recipe, the sweetness from the sugar is complemented by the caramel of the browned butter.  Salt and a hint of pine from the rosemary adds just enough pleasant surprise to your taste buds to make these very distinctive Brown Butter Rosemary Cookies work into your cookie repertoire. 

Just a note, you can’t just brown the butter called for in a recipe that didn’t specifically call for browned butter (yeah…I found that out the hard way…twice!)  Browning the butter causes some evaporation (like 20%), so you need to accommodate by adding more butter.  There’s your fun fact for the day.

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Brown Butter Rosemary Cookies

A shortbread cookie with a unique flavor compliments of rosemary ond brown butter
Author Nourish and Nestle

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter I used Kerrygold Irish butter
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Coarse sanding sugar

Instructions

  1. In a pan with a light colored bottom (so that you can see the color of the butter) brown butter over medium heat. As the butter starts to melt it will begin to foam. Swirl the pot frequently... The process will progress rather quickly, so stay by the stove. Burnt Butter = BAD

  2. Once it's brown and you can smell the nutty aroma, transfer to a heatproof bowl or your mixing bowl to cool

  3. Once cool, beat in your large mixing bowl until creamy/frothy.
  4. Add sugar, milk, and vanilla and mix to combine

  5. Combine flour, salt, baking powder and rosemary in a separate bowl and mix well

  6. Add flour mixture and nuts to butter mixture and blend to combine. the will be crumbly but will hold together when pinched.
  7. Dump your dough onto a clean working surface and, with your hands, form into 2 1" diameter logs.
  8. Refrigerate for at least one hour
  9. When ready to bake your cookies, preheat oven to 350'

  10. Slice cookies into 1/4" rounds and place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet

  11. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake for 15 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through to ensure even cooking.

So, Let The Cookie Games Begin!!!!  This is the time of the year when I’m prepared to not eat lunch so that I can eat more cookies and treats and when, despite my efforts, I know I’ll add a few pounds…and I’m really o.k. with it.  Here’s my seasonal spin on a quote I’ve seen bouncing around Pinterest.  I don’t know who first coined it, but  it makes perfect sense to me:

Some days I eat salads and go to the gym.  Some days I eat too many Christmas cookies and refuse to put my pants on.  It’s called ‘balance’.

 

Bookmark this page or pin this image to refer back to this Brown Butter Rosemary Cookies recipe in the future.

 

 

And for more Christmas Cookie Recipes and Sweet Treats:

Mini Chocolate Cranberry Tart

 

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35 Comments

  1. Nancy Sanchez

    November 22, 2015 at 11:05 am

    This cookie sounds so yummy I can’t wait to try it!
    A question tho … did I miss reading the flour amount in the ingredients?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • lynn

      November 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Nancy, thanks so much for pointing out that I missed the flour!!! Yikes. You will need 2 3/4 cups of flour. I’m in the car traveling home right now and will fix recipe as soon as I walk in the door, but didn’t want to hold you up if you had planned to do some baking today!
      Thanks again for letting me know!!

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      • Nancy Sanchez

        November 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm

        Oh great! Thanks so much Lynn…
        PS I love reading about you and your family… you are an inspiration…?

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        • lynn

          November 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

          Nancy, you made my day with your kind words! Thank you so very much..Wow! When i started this blog it was to connect and share with a group who shared similar hobbies and goals. And it thrills me to know I may have added a wee bit of sunshine in your inbox!

          Have a great week!

          Lynn?

          Reply
  2. Carolyn

    November 22, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Looks and sounds yummy! In Step 6 you mention adding the flour, but I don’t see it mentioned in the ingredients list – please share how much we need 🙂 thanks!

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    • lynn

      November 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Carolyn, I’m all in a wad about leaving the flour out of the recipe! I’m in the car so have to wait to get home to fix the recipe, but don’t want to leave you hanging! It’s 2 3/4 cups of flour for the recipe. Thanks for visiting and for letting me know. Happy baking!!!

      Reply
  3. jenny

    November 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    these sound delish! I’m going to give them a try–seems like a great thing to bring to a potluck

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    • lynn

      November 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Except then you would have to share them! ?

      Reply
  4. Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue

    November 23, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I may have to give these a try! The flavors sound so good together, I love anything with browned butter too. The only cookie I recognized on your list was the peanut blossoms, it must be a Buckeye thing! 😉

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    • lynn

      November 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Must be a Buckeye thing! My husband was born and raised in Columbus and remember eating those every year for Christmas. Those and the real ‘Buckeyes’ with peanut butter and chocolate. Thanks for visiting today!
      Have a great day, Lynn

      Reply
  5. Mary-the boondocks blog

    November 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    These must be special. I’ve never heard of rosemary in cookies before. My daughter and I are trying out lots of new cookie recepies now so we’ll give this one a shot.

    Reply
    • lynn

      November 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Oh Mary, you really must give them a try. Different from your traditional Christmas cookies, but really delightful. Happy Baking

      Reply
  6. Rachel

    November 24, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I love making Christmas cookies. We enjoy baking sugar cookies to cut out with a variety of Christmas symbols. The added frosting makes them extra tasty.

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    • lynn

      November 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Rachel, we do love baking Christmas cookies in this house as well. Its going to start tomorrow, need to have plenty for when we decorate Friday and Saturday. Happy Thanksgiving. Lynn

      Reply
  7. [email protected]

    November 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Lynn your photography is amazing first of all. Then, how delicious must these be? I could eat them right NOW! I use Rosemary for decoration, just the other day I made a wreath. I would have never thought to make cookies with it! I love the smell and it must be amazing in those cookies. I bake a lot for Christmas as well and cookies are just my favourite, also because my girls love to help. So I will make these and let you know how they turned out for me!

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    • lynn

      November 24, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Hey Katrin, thanks for the compliment on the photography. That’s something I really want to improve in. Actually, I am signed up at our local college to take a Photography course starting in January.
      Oh, you must try these cookies…the rosemary really makes them special. I do love that herb in most things…one of my favorites for sure.

      When will you start baking?

      Enjoy your week! Lynn

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      • [email protected]

        November 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm

        Wow, good for you Lynn, that’s great, a course in photography! We’ll start baking this week as well, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here, but I’m in the festive mood any way!

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  8. CoCo

    November 25, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Lynn, you are blowing my mind! I am totally excited to try these cookies. I love rosemary but would never have thought to put it in a cookie. I know these are going to be amazing in advance. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Have tons of fun with your family this weekend, CoCo

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    • lynn

      November 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Hi CoCo, this are truly delicious and you really must try them. I was skeptical as first as well, but now have a full-on Rosemary Cookie crush. Hope your weekend is great as well. My sweet daughter is home from college for a couple of days, so it’s all good.

      Happy Thanksgiving, Lynn

      Reply
  9. Janice Glaser

    November 29, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Your directions call for adding sugar twice, yet only lists it once in the ingredients. Are we missing a sugar measurement? When do I add it? Does it matter?

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    • lynn

      November 29, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Janice, my apologies! I swear I read that recipe over before I hit ‘publish’! Argh! In any event, you only add the sugar to the brown butter mixture. It is not added again to the flour mixture.
      I have corrected the recipe.
      Thanks for bringing this to my attention

      Lynn

      Reply
  10. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    December 1, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Those are some gorgeous cookies! I really love the savory rosemary flavor in cookies. Thanks for linking up!!! #bestofblogs Pinned!

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    • lynn

      December 1, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Hi Julie, this cookies are really quite yummy, if I must say so. j
      We spent a wonderful ‘early Christmas’ weekend in Asheville several years ago and stayed at Richmond Hill Inn which I believe has since burned down (?). In any event, LOVE that town and all it has to offer…especially the ‘dog friendly’ aspect of it.
      Have a great day and thanks for throwing a great party.

      Lynn

      Reply
  11. Andrea

    December 1, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I hardly ever eat Christmas cookies since I don’t like chocolate and a lot of options use it. These look great! And my rosemary in they backyard is still alive 🙂

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    • lynn

      December 1, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Hi Andrea…you must try these then. Really quite good, with just a hint of savory. Perfection. And I want to be you! What great trips you’ve taken. We’re a travelling family as well, but we can’t hold a candle to you.
      Thanks for stopping by today, Lynn

      Reply
  12. Keri

    December 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Lynn, these cookies sound so good!!!! I’m definitely saving this recipe! It’s so awesome that you have a tradition of baking a variety of cookies during the Christmas season. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! 🙂

    Reply
    • lynn

      December 4, 2015 at 6:40 am

      Hi Keri, these cookies are honestly very good…and a little different from the ‘traditional’ cookies typically made at Christmas. I hope you give them a try and enjoy them as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic day, Lynn

      Reply
  13. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    December 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Lynn, I’m packing my bags right now, I can’t wait a minute longer. I want some of these along with my gingerbread latte. I need a little pampering, it wouldn’t take much, but rosemary and brown butter, oh my! Pinning these too, they sound so delish!

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    • lynn

      December 5, 2015 at 7:02 am

      C’mon over Nikki! I’ll spiffy up the guest room and get baking right now!

      Reply
  14. Beth Ann Chiles

    December 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I am definitely putting these on my to make list! It keeps growing!!! Thanks!

    Reply
    • lynn

      December 5, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      You will just love these cookies Beth Ann! Such a nice twist on the traditional cookies that are made each Christmas. Thanks for stopping by to visit today.

      Lynn

      Reply
  15. Kitchen Stuff

    May 10, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I love cookies. With the easy-recipe you have here, I think I’ll try my luck at baking again. Thanks for this!

    Reply
    • lynn

      June 6, 2016 at 7:49 am

      You are so welcome…hope you enjoy the recipe…it’s a tasty one.
      Thanks for swinging by today.
      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  16. Kathy

    November 29, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I made a batch of these cookies yesterday. They are delicious, but they came out very hard. I’m wondering if they are supposed to be hard to bite into or if perhaps the 15 minute baking time is too long. I’m making another batch today and will try a 10 min. baking time to see if that makes a difference. I also substituted chopped dried cranberries for the nuts. The cranberries and the rosemary give the cookies a Christmas look.

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    • lynn

      November 30, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Hey Kathy…hmmm…While they are not a soft cookie, I have not had them come out ‘very hard’…they should be more of a crisp shortbread. Please do let me know if the 10 minutes results in a crisp, but not hard, cookie for you. I guess everyone’s oven temps can vary, but I’d like to add this information in the recipe.

      Thanks in advance. Lynn

      Reply

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