Italian Shortbread

  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 10 mins
  • Makes2 dozen cookies
Italian Shortbread

A sweet-savoury and subtly spicy treat, this shortbread is the antidote for wrapping rage.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, (plus more for garnish) or 1 tsp dried rosemary

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp hot-pepper flakes, optional


  • Preheat oven to 300F. Grease two 9-in. pie plates. Set aside. In a medium bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually beat in sugar and vanilla until well mixed. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, rosemary, salt and chili flakes (if desired). Beat flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined.

  • Divide dough into 2 portions and spread each in prepared plate. Sprinkle edges with 2 tsp more fresh rosemary (dried rosemary can burn). Bake 45 to 55 min. Slice each disc into 12 wedges while still warm. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent December 2016 issue. Photo by Roberto Caruso.