Orange herb shortbread cookies recipe

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Shortbread is delicious all on its own. But this beautiful classic shortbread baked with rosemary, thyme and orange is a must this holiday season. The flavor is perfect with the herbs' earthy taste and sweet citrus notes. Sweet, slightly salty, a bit savory, buttery, crumbly, melt in your mouth irresistible. Orange thyme + rosemary shortbread cookies are going to be your favorite cookie this year!

Shortbread is without a doubt, my favorite type of cookie to bake. The dough requires minimal ingredients, there are so many ways to get creative with it, and it's the easiest recipe you could ask for. If you have flour, butter, and sugar you can whip together some delicious shortbread. This orange, thyme + rosemary shortbread recipe doesn't require any rolling, you simply put it all in your baking pan or tin.

Best practices

While it's not necessary, I do like chill my cookie dough. I find my cookies always turn out better when they have been chilled and I always regret it when I don't. I chilled this dough for 45 minutes in the baking tin. Chilling helps to solidify the fat in the dough and prevents the dough from spreading too much while baking. When you use this much better in a recipe, it is definitely a good idea.

Shortbread is my husband's favorite cookie so naturally, I like to bake it a few times during cookie season. I thought I would try and bake a new cookie recipe every week, and freeze a few, so that right before Christmas I could put together a beautiful and unique cookie box collection. I plan on keeping it simple this year with classic favorites. This shortbread recipe freezes well.

Good enough for gifting!

These cookies make a beautiful, edible gift. Tie some twine with a dried orange slice, rosemary + thyme and gift alongside some local honey and an olive wood honey comb stick. You could even infuse some honey and gift them with those. They also compliment tea so well, so some quality tea would be a wonderful accompaniment to these orange, thyme + rosemary shortbread cookies.

I recommend baking your orange, thyme + rosemary shortbread cookies this baking tin because it has beautiful scalloped edges, which make your shortbread more festive. See Lavender shortbread cookie crust tart with zesty lemon curd another wonderful recipe where I baked shortbread in this tin. 

I think these cookies are even better after they sit for a few days. That really makes the flavor more pronounced. I store mine in an air tight cookie jar at room temperature. They freeze very well.

 

orange, thyme and rosemary shortbread cookies

orange, thyme and rosemary shortbread cookies

Yield: 12 large cookies or 24 small cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Shortbread is delicious all on its own. But this beautiful classic shortbread baked with rosemary, thyme and orange is a must this holiday season. The flavor is perfect with the herbs' earthy taste and sweet citrus notes. Sweet, slightly salty, a bit savory, buttery, crumbly, melt in your mouth irresistible.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups butter, softened
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-4 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2-4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • zest of one large orange or two dehydrated oranges

Instructions

Cream your butter, sugar, rosemary, and orange together, see note below.

If using dehydrated orange, break into small pieces or put into a food processor for a fine powder. If using a whole orange, zest and use the zest.

Add in your flour and salt.

Use your hands and form a dough.

Put the dough into your baking tin, spread evenly.

Chill for 45 minutes (or longer, if desired)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Bake for one hour

Let cookie cool for 45 minutes to an hour before removing from tin. I like to let it sit overnight.

Notes

I think these cookies are even better after they sit for a few days. That really makes the flavor more pronounced. I store mine in an air tight cookie jar at room temperature. They freeze very well.

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 237Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 36mgSodium 283mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 2g

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