Cranberry Rosemary Butter Cookies | These Cranberry Rosemary Butter Cookies are the perfect mix of sweet and savory and make a wonderful addition to your Christmas and holiday cookie baking!
These Cranberry Rosemary Butter Cookies are quickly becoming a new favorite thing in our household. The kids were initially skeptical of me putting “leaves” in cookies and suggested chocolate chips instead. After one bite, they were sold!
I’m sharing today as part of the Tastes of the Season recipe series hosted by Kristen of Ella Claire. There are other delicious and inspiring Christmas cookie recipes at the bottom of the post, so make sure to stop by and check those out!
I adapted these cookies from an old beloved Martha Stewart recipe- French Butter Cookies. Martha suggests the highest quality creamery butter since it plays such a big part in this recipe. While I couldn’t get my hands on any french butter (oh, how I miss it!), we did use Kerrygold. Irish butter is delicious, too!
The addition of the lemon zest and transforming the cookies to cranberry rosemary were my own ideas. I thought the combination of flavors would be delicious, and it really did not disappoint. The lemon zest also just adds a little something, in my opinion- I think a little orange would be good, too!
They are tiny and soft, so they go quickly! Please let me know what you think if you try these out. I hope you enjoy your Christmas baking!
Cranberry Rosemary Butter Cookies
These Cranberry Rosemary Butter Cookies are the perfect mix of sweet and savory and make a wonderful addition to your Christmas and holiday cookie baking!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 sticks
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter and light-brown sugar; beat on high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, lemon zest and mix to combine. Add flour and salt, and mix on low speed until flour is incorporated.
2. With a rubber spatula, fold cranberries and rosemary leaves into the dough until well combined.
3. Roll dough into three 1 1/2-inch-diameter logs. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll cookie log in sugar, coating it evenly, and slice into 1/4-inch rounds with a sharp knife. Place cookies on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool completely on wire racks.
Adapted from Martha Stewart's French Butter Cookies; Martha Stewart Living, May, 1995
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