As soon as I saw these cookies in BA, I knew I had to make them ASAP and I did. I skipped the caraway but the rosemary did give them a fantastic woodsy flavor. Totally agree about the lack of sturdiness. Perhaps adding an egg into the dough would combat that problem?
Caraway just doesn’t gel with my tastebuds, but I do love a good lavender shortbread! We stock up on lavender every summer in Pictou, Nova Scotia at the Seafoam Lavender Farm — they make our aromatic holiday shortbread divine :)
That photo really does look like schnitzel! :-) I adore rosemary and will find an excuse to put it in anything. I’ve had a shortbread with cornmeal and rosemary in it, but the caraway is a new idea for me. I’ll have to try it!
Sasha, Tim is absolutely right. I saw the recipe in BA too and had to make it over the weekend and it was incredible. I added a bit of lemon zest and replaced the powdered and granulated sugars with turbinado, and it turned out great. The smell of caraway has always reminded me of a campfire, and lends the shortbread a comforting, homey flavor. It’s a must try.
I need to get on the savory shortbread bandwagon (is that a thing? It should be. I’d ride a shortbread bandwagon.) Anyways, I’ve been seeing a lot of savory versions lately, and since shortbread always seems so fancy, but isn’t all that much trouble, I don’t know why I haven’t made any yet.
I actually made sweet shortbread to bring to a cookie swapy, and I thought you would appreciate them, since you’re such a fan of Smitten Kitchen. I made the coffee toffee from her cookbook (added cocoa nibs, left off the chocolate topping), crushed it up, and used it in the toffee shortbread recipe my mom’s been making for years (to which I added instant espresso, another cue from Deb), and drizzled with dark chocolate ganache. Do you know how well coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, and shortbread go together? Well enough that all 12 dozen cookies were gone at the end of the night.
I’m also making your fig/date swirls and pistachio crescents for the second year in a row for my annual cookie day. Tis the season!