January 31, 2011

Rosemary Parmesan Shortbread

So, here I sit, in the comfy chair by the big windows. The chair with the foot rest. The chair that makes me fall asleep if I sit in it for more than ten minutes. The chair…okay, it’s actually an old recliner, but that doesn’t sound nearly as pretty and idyllic as the idea of a floral, vintage-y, lounge chair from Anthropologie.

This is where I hang out a lot these days. It’s encapsulated within my dad’s office/clutter pile. Surrounded by the warm wood paneling and shelves bursting with computer books from the 1980s, this tiny room is the perfect hideaway from the rest of the house. I’m also pretty sure that this room would survive any sort of nuclear apocalypse, thanks to the aforementioned messiness, a.k.a. padding.

It’s also situated facing the street, so I can be distracted from homework watch the world go by. There are cars whizzing past, errant children on all sorts of scooter-y transportation devices, and, at the moment, the sound of someone setting off all of their leftover firecrackers from the New Year. Followed closely by the sound of sirens, which means that something has either been set on fire, or the police found out that someone was unleashing their inner pyro within city limits. Big no-no.

Guy just walked across the street in his pajamas.

I’m just telling it like it is—a little glimpse into my everyday life.

Now the fireworks have stopped and there’s no people-watching to do. I suppose I should actually—wait, there goes a car. Where was I? Oh, yes. I have Government homework to get to, especially since my textbook hasn’t arrived and I’ve got 120 study questions to creatively answer without it.

Ho hum.

Oh, I made some shortbread, too. You might like to try it.

Rosemary Parmesan Shortbread

Recipe from 5 Ingredient Fix by Claire Robinson

Printable Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoon rosemary, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon water, if needed

Place flour, powdered sugar, rosemary, salt, and Parmesan cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until combined. Add the butter and pulse until it comes together, adding the water if the dough still looks less than cohesive.

Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on the counter, then place the dough on top. Using the plastic wrap, shape the dough into a log , rolling it up in the plastic wrap, making it about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or freeze for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Slice the dough into 1/3-inch slices and place on lined baking sheets, about an inch apart. Bake until the edges are golden and slightly browning, but the centers are still pale, about 12-14 minutes, depending on how dark you’d like them to be.

Cool, then serve.


  1. I'd love a nook where I could hide and yet still watch the world go by. That's sounds lovely, and the freedom from nuclear incineration is just a bonus. I hoping my duvet will help me on that front. It's quite thick.

    I'm very intrigued by your shortbread. I've never tried savoury shortbread before, but it makes sense to combine the cheesy with the buttery. They look great!

    I love your photos - they're so full of light.

  2. i love people watching!!! and this shortbread looks phenomenal! hugs bella!!

  3. oh wow..these shortbread sounds fabulous! .. i love that you added rosemary to it...very creative.

  4. This shortbread is delicious. I love your creative side. The old recliner does have magic naptime properties. We all make sure to never go near it when deadlines are approaching.Even though we live in a quiet place, lots of exciting things really do occur in our neighborhood.You are the greatest.

  5. I love the little specks of green in these shortbread cookies. They are beautiful, and I bet they taste great!

  6. ok seriously I'm in love with these! I was looking for a savory recipe to make with Carla and I totally have to try this shortbread. Not to love about it?

  7. i love watching outside the window and watch the world go by. there's something interesting all the time.

    these shortbreads sound so good. i see myself giving them a try soon. thanks for sharing.

  8. Really...shortbread with rosemary and parmesan? Sweet and savoury in one? I love shortbread too much, but I am little curious with this one.

  9. @Suzler: hahaha A duvet sounds like a perfectly perfect deterrent against any and all nuclear attacks. You could make a tent! Not the main point of your comment, but my brain latched onto it. :D

    @mangiabella: It's so much fun! Thanks!

    @blackbookkitchendiaries: Thank you!

    @My Mom: Spending more than ten minutes in that chair pretty much guarantees a nosedive in productivity. :D

    @Dana: Thank you!

    @Sara: Thanks! They're such a fun adventure for the tastebuds.

    @A little bit of everything: Thanks!

    @Three-Cookies: Give it a try! Savory shortbread is a little out of the ordinary, but I think it's always fun to try something new.

  10. Sound yummy except for conf sugar- anyone tried leaving it out?


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