Rosemary-Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


about 2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 28, 2023
These beautiful shortbread sandwich cookies are always a welcome addition to our annual ladies holiday tea luncheon. The distinctive rosemary flavor, paired so well with the tangy lemon curd, has made them a favorite in our group for years! —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia
Rosemary-Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd
  • Optional: Additional fresh rosemary and confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. In another bowl, mix flour, rosemary and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk. Wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each disk to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. round cookie cutter. Using a floured 7/8-in. round cookie cutter, cut out the centers of half of the cookies. Place solid and window cookies 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake until set, 9-11 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. To serve, spread lemon curd on bottoms of solid cookies; top with window cookies. If desired, top with additional rosemary and confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich cookie: 144 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.