I have been uninspired to cook lately. It is getting incredibly hot and it is supposed to be over 95 F tomorrow. Who wants to turn on the oven when it is hot hot hot outside? Not me.
I threw these together last night, waiting to turn on the oven till after 9 pm so as to not warm up the house. I want to make a big cake for my anniversary on Monday but I don’t see that happening. I want to eat watermelon, drink a good beer, and stay as cool as humanly possible. Oh, and play with Little. He is getting so big so fast and it is making me sad.
But I love rosemary in sweets. Not too sweet, hint of saltiness, deep earthy rosemary. Yum. Remember the rosemary pound cake I made a couple of months ago? These shortbread cookies are very similar. I have had rosemary sitting on the counter for a week begging to be made into shortbread. Also they only require turning the oven up to 300 F and bake rather quickly.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest hurry and make these before it gets too hot!
Rosemary Shortbread (makes about 20 cookies)
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons mild honey
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 300°F. Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and rosemary in a bowl. Mix together butter, honey, and confectioners sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed, then add flour mixture and mix until dough resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Gather on the counter and kneed a couple of times to combine. Roll into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge. Refrigerate till firm- about an hour and half.
Remove from the fridge and cut into 1/4 inch rounds. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes till golden brown.
(Ps. The blog might be kinda slow next week as I will spend the better part of next Saturday and Sunday in the kitchen baking for the county fair! I promise to share the recipes I enter as well as what, if anything, I win.)