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

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  1. Great flavor combination!

  2. says:

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

  3. Oh my, these look amazing! Pinned!

  4. says:

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

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

  6. thekalechronicles says:

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

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

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

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

  10. Looks beautiful!


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

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

  13. Looks delicious! I love the flavor combination.

  14. Shannon says:

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

  15. So perfectly round! Very appetizing.

  16. frugalfeeding says:

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

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

  18. The Squishy Monster says:

    I would love these with tomorrow mornings tea!!!

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

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

  21. These savory shortbreads look lovely and delicious!

  22. Christine says:

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

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

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

  25. 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…

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

  27. 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

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

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

  30. cmahieu says:

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

  31. Those look wonderful!

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

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

  34. what a lovely idea and beautiful photo!

  35. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise says:

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

  36. 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. :)

  37. Mmmmm, looks amazing!

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

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

  40. 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!

  41. great idea for an apetizer! and love your photos!

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. Absolutely gorgeous.

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

  47. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    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!

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

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

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

  51. 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!

  52. 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.

  53. rebecca says:

    lovely recipe fun for a savory change to shortbread

  54. 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.

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

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

  57. cookparadise says:

    Tout à fait les savoeurs que j’aime
    Bonne soirée

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

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

  60. 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…

  61. What temperature should I bake at?


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