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Rosemary Parmesan Shortbread

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 29 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 5 min
  • Cook: 14 min
  • Yield: about 2 1/2 dozen pieces
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Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup confectioners' sugar

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon water, if needed

Directions

  1. Put the flour, sugar, rosemary, salt, and Parmesan into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined. Add the butter and pulse just until a soft dough forms; the dough should hold together when squeezed with your hands. If not, add the water and pulse until combined.
  2. Spread a large sheet of plastic wrap on a work surface and transfer the dough onto it. Using the plastic wrap as a guide, form the dough into a loose log along 1 edge of the long side of the sheet. Roll the dough log, twisting the plastic gathered at the ends in opposite directions until the log is tight and compact, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Slice the dough log into 1/3-inch thick slices and arrange on the lined sheets, about 1-inch apart. Bake until the edges are just beginning to brown, 12 to 14 minutes.
  4. Cool the shortbread on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store the shortbread in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve.