Rosemary's Baby Cookies Recipe

Rosemary's Baby Cookies Recipe

[Photograph: Lisa Warninger]

Jensen's Rosemary's Baby Cookies are buttery shortbread flecked with finely chopped, you guessed it, rosemary and tangerine zest.

Reprinted with permission from The Sugar Cube by Kir Jensen. Copyright © 2012. Published by Chronicle Books. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

  • Yield:makes about 60 cookies
  • Active time: 25 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes plus one hour chilling time


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 heaping tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon grated tangerine or orange zest (from about 1 1/2 to 2 tangerines)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar for coating


  1. 1.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, and salt.

  2. 2.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until incorporated but not fluffy, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the citrus zest, rosemary, and egg yolks, one at a time, beating just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the dry ingredients. With the mixer on low, mix just until combined.

  3. 3.

    Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, gather it into a ball, and divide the ball in half. With floured hands, shape each half into a 12-inch-long log, pressing the sides against the work surface to flatten them so that the cookies will end up square. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or waxed paper and twist the ends. Refrigerate for several hours or until completely firm.

  4. 4.

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats. Put the superfine sugar in a small bowl.

  5. 5.

    Cut the log crosswise into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick slices. Toss each slice in the sugar to coat. Place the cookies at least 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the edges are lightly golden, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating the sheets from front to back and between upper and lower racks halfway through.

  6. 6.

    Let the cookies cool for several minutes on the baking sheets before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. They will keep in an airtight container for at least 1 week.