Parmesan, Rosemary & Thyme Shortbread - Savory Simple

I’m always looking for an excuse to make something new, especially when it involves replacing a store-bought product with a homemade creation.  This summer my friends and I have decided to enjoy Fridays at a weekly outdoor event at The National Gallery of Art.  They serve the booze, we bring the snacks (and a blanket for lounging in the shade).   This week I was planning to bring cheese and crackers when it dawned on me; make cheesy shortbread crackers!  Brilliance.

I glanced around at some different online recipes and stumbled upon one from Ina Garten that looked perfect.  I adapted it to include more herbs from my garden and voila!  Delicious homemade crackers.  They’re a bit flakier and less dense than standard shortbread.  I recommend enjoying them with some white wine and good company.


Parmesan, Rosemary and Thyme Shortbread
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Serves: 25-30 crackers
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces grated Parmesan (grate it yourself for the best flavor)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Place the butter in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on medium-low until creamy.
  2. Add the parmesan, salt, pepper, herbs and flour one at a time until evenly combined.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of water to help bring the dough together.
  4. Flatten the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Roll the dough to ¼ - ½ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to make small crackers, re-rolling the dough as needed. (An alternative method is to chill the dough in the shape of a log and then slice it).
  7. Place the crackers on a sheet pan and bake for approximately 22-25 minutes.
Adapted from Ina Garten


More Shortbread Recipes:

Savory Simple – Butterfinger Shortbread Cookies
Savory Simple – Strawberry Vanilla Jam Crumb Bars
Taste of Home – Scottish Shortbread
Epicurious – Brown Butter Pecan Shortbread

  • Mama’s Gotta Bake

    Great flavor combination!


    This looks great and wonderful! Must definitely try it for a tapas girlie get together tonight. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Oh my, these look amazing! Pinned!


    Thanks for the recipe! Will certainly make this for a tapas girlie get together tomorrow night!

  • Judy

    A great savory side for soup or salad, love the flavors of this. :)

  • thekalechronicles

    Your shortbreads are really beautiful — and I’ll bet they’re tasty, too. Makes me want to go make some.

  • Mad Dog

    That looks very good – I can almost imagine the taste!

  • pinchofglamor

    Loos rly good! I dont have fresh rosemary andd thyme. Can i substitute with dried herbs?

    • Savory Simple

      If you use dried herbs, cut the quantity in half. It will work but it won’t be quite as good :)

  • putneyfarm

    These look great and we have plenty of herbs this time of year. Nice photo, btw..

  • daisy

    Looks beautiful!


  • Catalina @ Cake with Love

    You always have the besr flavor combinations in your recipes, these shortbreads are no exception! The parmesan and rosemary work so nice together!

  • Lindsey @ Family Food Finds

    I am always looking for new ways to use the rosemary from my yard! These look divine!

  • Lauren

    Looks delicious! I love the flavor combination.

  • Shannon

    I’m annoyed that it’s going to storm and I won’t get to eat these. They’re so pretty.

    • Savory Simple

      I’m planning to go to the Bethesda Farmer’s Market tomorrow if you want to join me. I can save you some :)

  • cakeboule

    So perfectly round! Very appetizing.

  • frugalfeeding

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! Rosemary is my favourite herb, so this is right up my street.

  • The Scrumptious Pumpkin

    Your photos are gorgeous! The perfect impress-the-guests appetizer for my get-together this weekend :)

  • The Squishy Monster

    I would love these with tomorrow mornings tea!!!

  • Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)

    This looks and sounds wonderful! I love the combination of flavors.

  • Michelle

    I adore cheese crackers. These look great. Perfect for lounging in the shade on a blanket!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    These savory shortbreads look lovely and delicious!

  • Christine

    Savory shortbread — om nom nom! Who doesn’t have a soft spot for herbs and cheese and wine? As always, these look delicious! :)

  • yummychunklet

    What perfect circles! And, you can never go wrong with an Ina recipe.

  • Cakelaw

    These look absolutely gorgeous – bet they were miles better than any bought crackers.

  • fishingblues

    I made some of these today… super fast and delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I was thinking as I made them that this recipe uses the same amounts of butter and flour and salt as the pie crust recipe I always use. The only difference is the addition of the cheese, herbs and pepper… savory pie crust? The perfect crust for a quiche! Just saying…

    • Savory Simple

      Oh interesting! I never even thought of that. Good catch :)

  • Carolyn Chan

    These would be absolutely gorgeous with a cold glass of wine!

  • Three Well Beings

    I make a great traditional shortbread and wouldn’t have considered these lovely ingredients! I am intrigued and hungry! Sounds like a wonderful–and savory recipe. Yum! Debra

  • Laura @ Family Spice

    I love the sound of this savory shortbread – one of my favorite flavor combinations!

  • Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook

    They look delicious! Lovely flavors. Perfect to go along with a nice wine.

  • cmahieu

    Great!much nicer than the usual bag of crisps!it is perfect for tonite’s apéritif on the balcony!

  • Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    Those look wonderful!

  • bakingaddict

    wow these look great! Am bookmarking to try – can I link back to your blog if I blog about my attempt? thanks!

    • Savory Simple

      Of course!

  • Taikotari

    I made these today, can I link back when posting?

    • Savory Simple

      Go right ahead!

  • Kitty’s Dolceforno

    what a lovely idea and beautiful photo!

  • Sawsan@ Chef in disguise

    I love crackers and the flavor combination you have here sounds amazing!

  • Sally

    Jen, this shortbread looks to die for. What an amazing combination of flavors too. I’ve never come across a savory shortbread, so this one has me very intrigued. :)

  • Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew

    Mmmmm, looks amazing!

  • Amber @ Slim Pickin’s Kitchen

    I tooooooootally saw these on Foodgawker the other day and re-pinned them so I could make them. These look!

    • Savory Simple

      Thank you!

  • bitsandbreadcrumbs

    I adore savory shortbread and these crackers look really spectacular and are something I’d really like to try. Well done.

  • jothetartqueen

    looks gorgeous! i made rosemary sables previously..and think that the addition of thyme and Parmesan would make it even more spectacular! thanks for the idea!

  • elena-sweetlife

    great idea for an apetizer! and love your photos!

  • Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook)

    gorgeous photos! and these sound absolutely delicious, love this!

  • Ashley

    Sounds delicious! My husband dies for anything with rosemary. We usually just buy the rosemary crackers but now you’ve given me a nice excuse to make them.

  • Shirley@bells-bakery

    Thanks so much for stopping by bells-bakery Jen!These look fantastic,I LOVE parmesan and these seem so easy to whip together. I’ll def be giving them a go!

    Shirley x

    • Savory Simple

      My pleasure! Thank you for stopping by as well!

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  • Joanne

    Homemade is ALWAYS the way to go in my opinion! Love the sound of this savory shortbread!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I love shortbread and the combination of Parmesan, rosemary, thyme sounds so heavenly!!! I’m first time here (thanks for visiting mine – how lucky I could find you!) and I enjoyed browsing your site! Nice to meet you Jen!

  • Alison Lewis (@alisonlewis)

    these look amazing! Thanks for stopping by my site so i could find yours!

  • TheWeeklySpoonful

    Can’t wait to try! You make me want to take a picnic somewhere!

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    These sound fantastic! And they are so unique. Great recipe!

  • Granny

    Looking for an excuse to make something different, says you? I’d like to respond, “No excuse necessary. You have got our full attention and approval!” I think I could dine on these alone!

  • Bam’s Kitchen

    This would be the perfect little nibble to go with a glass of wine. Might even have to use my wine glass as the cookie cutter as I do not have any round ones.

  • rebecca

    lovely recipe fun for a savory change to shortbread

  • beyondpaisley

    Want. Though the real problem with these sorts of snacks is, they always manage to get in your mouth. :) They look fantastic, I need to make them soon.

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  • Tracy (@sugarcrafter)

    These look amazingly good! What a great savory version of shortbread!

  • Tammi Kibler

    These look beautiful and very easy to prepare. Cheese crackers! I know they will be a hit with my family.

    • Savory Simple

      My husband calls them homemade cheez-its :)

  • cookparadise

    Tout à fait les savoeurs que j’aime
    Bonne soirée

  • sybaritica

    I’d love to try those… although it seems we never get fresh thyme AND fresh Rosemary in the stores at the same time :(

  • Aggie

    Love these! They look delicious! I made a cheese cracker many years ago & I was surprised how easy & tasty they were.

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  • Jennifer Laceda (@jenlaceda)

    Brilliance indeed! When you can replace a store-bought item with homemade! Love these shortbread! They are savory little things with the richness of shortbread cookie! I’m officially drooling…

  • Rox

    What temperature should I bake at?

    • Jennifer Farley

      350 degrees F, just as the recipe states.

  • Pamplemousse

    These sound amazingly delicious. Any idea how long these will stay fresh if kept in a cookie jar at room temperature?

    • Savory Simple

      They’re my favorites! I think they will stay fresh 5-7 days and after that they might start to dry out, though they’ll still taste fine. To be perfectly honest, they never last longer than a few days around here so I’m taking a guess!