Pseudomediterranean cookies with pistachio, rosemary and lemon zest

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Recipe by Dane Uploaded by Drimble Wedge

Christmas over here is a time of cookies. Crazy amounts of cookies. These are about as christmasy as it gets over here. A wonderful juxtaposition of sweet and slightly savory, crunchy and slightly chewy. And they yield a shitload of cookies for not all that much work. Not a traditional cookie, they’ve nonetheless become one of those things I have to make every year or people will complain. Shortbreads with rosemary? Sounds odd, but it works great.

These are easy to make on a machine if you have one. I do. It's ninety gazillion years old.

Note: When possible, measurements are by weight. Also this recipe freezes well in its unbaked state, so you can make plenty of dough well in advance.



  • A: 250g / 0.55 lb - soft butter
  • B: 400g / 14.1 oz by weight caster sugar
  • C: 2 eggs
  • D: 3 tbsp finely chopped unsalted green pistachios
  • E: 3 tbsp finely chopped rosemary. Fresh or dried.
  • F: 1 tbsp lemon or orange zest. (Note: I ran out of lemons and couldn’t be arsed to run to the store, so I’m running a little bit short in the pic here. Usually I’d use the zest of 3 lemons)
  • G: 450-500g / 1lb - 1lb 2 oz- wheat flour. Start off with 1 lb. You might need to add in more depending on the size of your eggs.
  • H: 1/2 tsp salt
  • I: 3 tsp baking powder


Cream butter and sugar until white. Add in the eggs one at a time, stir in pistachios, rosemary and the zest. Sieve in the flour, salt and baking powder and gather the dough. Don't overwork it at this point.


Roll up into 3-4 nice fat rolls, wrap them individually and give them a good thwap against the counter or a cutting board, straightening the edges to form a sort of super ellipsoid (hey, did you know that the guy who invented that was Danish? He was!).


Let them rest in the fridge overnight.

The next day[edit]

Slice up thin, put on parchment with a little spacing (at least 1/4 inch) and bake at 190 / 375F for 5-7 mins. Let cool on a rack…thing.