Parmesan, Rosemary and Thyme Shortbread

Why buy crackers when they’re so fun to make from scratch? These shortbread crackers use fresh herbs and cheese. They’re a perfect party appetizer that can be prepared in advance, making serving them up a breeze.
These Parmesan, Rosemary and Thyme Shortbread are a wonderful party appetizer. Why serve cheese and crackers when you can serve cheese IN crackers?
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.

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Parmesan, Rosemary and Thyme Shortbread

5 from 1 vote
Why buy crackers when they're so easy to make at home? These shortbread crackers use fresh herbs and cheese. A perfect party appetizer.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 30 crackers (approximately)
Calories 60
Author Jennifer Farley


  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces grated Parmesan (grate it yourself for the best flavor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 6 1/4 ounces all-purpose flour (approximately 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Place the butter in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on medium-low until creamy.
  • Add the parmesan, salt, pepper, herbs and flour one at a time until evenly combined.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of water to help bring the dough together.
  • Flatten the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Roll the dough to 1/4 - 1/2 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).
  • Place the crackers on a sheet pan and bake for approximately 22-25 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving. 


Adapted from Ina Garten


Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 9mg | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Calcium: 3.3% | Iron: 1.7%

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Why buy crackers when they’re so quick and easy to make at home? These shortbread crackers use fresh herbs and cheese. They're a wonderful treat to serve at parties. Easy and cheesy.

About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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