Citrusy Shortbread Wedges with Rosemary

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This recipe is an “Italianized” version of traditional shortbread — slightly savory, with notes of lemon and orange zest and fresh rosemary. They are delicious served with tea or after dinner with a sip of dessert wine.


Citrusy Shortbread Wedges with Rosemary


1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 oz./235 g.) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/2 cup (3 oz./90 g.) rice flour

3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g.) sugar

1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest, plus a few zest curls for garnish

1 tsp. finely grated orange zest

1/2 tsp. finely minced fresh rosemary

1/2 tsp. flaky sea salt, such as fleur de sel

1 cup (8 oz./250 g.) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch (12-mm.) dice, plus more at room temperature for greasing


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).


In a food processor, combine the flours, sugar, grated lemon and orange zests, minced rosemary, and salt and pulse to mix. Scatter the butter cubes around the bowl and process just until the mixture is crumbly and a ball of dough begins to form. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently pat it together.


Line an 8-inch (20-cm.) round cake pan with a sheet of parchment paper long enough to overhang by a few inches on two sides. Lightly grease the parchment paper inside the dish with the room-temperature butter.


Press the shortbread dough into the prepared dish in an even layer. Bake until the edges are golden brown and the center is pale gold and set, 35-40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 10 minutes.


Using the overhanging parchment as handles, transfer the shortbread to a clean cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into wedges. Let cool completely, then arrange on a platter and serve. Makes 24 bars.


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5 comments about “Citrusy Shortbread Wedges with Rosemary

  1. Nancy

    the photo looks like the round is be cut into 10 wedges, some already gone. the end of the recipe says 24 bars, which does not make sense with a round pan .

  2. Hollywood

    The lining of the round pan, the buttering of the parchment and the use of parchment paper can all be omitted by using a Williams-Sonoma round tart pan with fluted edges, removable bottom and is silicone coated for easy removal. You just press the dough into the tart pan and removal is super easy. I make all my shortbreads this way…….

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  5. Annie Slocum

    I ended up cooking this for almost an hour! I think it might be better in a 9″ pan.


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