Walnut Sage Shortbread

By • December 30, 2011 • 19 Comments



Author Notes: I love shortbread. And walnuts. And sage. So why not put them all together? These cookies kind of skate on the edge of sweet and savory—a little sugar, a little salt, a little black pepper. They're really easy. And good with champagne!

drbabs

Makes 20

  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 generous teaspoon of finely chopped fresh sage (5-6 large leaves)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  1. Place toasted walnuts in work bowl of a food processor and pulse till walnuts are the consistency of cornmeal. Add flour, salt, pepper, sugar and sage, and pulse till blended. Add butter; pulse until dough comes together. Shape the dough into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill until firm enough to slice, about 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F and place a rack in the center of the oven . Line a baking sheet with parchment. Cut the dough log into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick rounds; place on sheets. Bake 10 minutes. Reverse sheets front to back. Bake until cookies are golden, about 15 minutes longer. Cool thoroughly on cooling rack.
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about 1 month ago JanetFL

Trying these! I have sage in my garden and I like the savory aspect very much. Thank you!

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about 1 month ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I hope you like them!

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3 months ago lapadia

Delicious shortbread idea, somehow missed them (?) !

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3 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hi Linda, how are you? This is an old recipe that I revived for the walnut challenge. Thanks for commenting-- it's good to see you around here.

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3 months ago lapadia

Hi Barbara, Happy to hear from you, I pop in now and then, sometimes to add a recipe most times to just see what is going on :)

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over 2 years ago PRST

Made these today and was very disappointed. They were very soft, crumbled in your hand and lacked flavor. I even doubled the quantity of sage. I did improvise a bit by adding a topping of finely chopped walnuts, sea salt and sugar that I sprinkled on top and lightly pressed into the rounds. If not for the topping, they would have been a total flop. Any one else have problems?

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hi--I'm so sorry they didn't work for you. We liked them, but then I like shortbread anything. The topping sounds really good, though. I don't have a lot of time for baking right now, but when I do, I'll play around with them and edit the recipe. Thanks for letting me know.

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over 2 years ago gingerroot

Yum! I especially love the black pepper in there...

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Delicious! I love the savory slightly sweet aspect. Aargersi is on the right track I would love these with exactly the same things.

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, sdebrango. Happy New Year!

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over 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

These sound so good! AND - easy enough for the likes of me! I can see them out on the table with cheeses and chutneys and salty cured meats. And pate. And champagne.

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Yum! Don't forget to throw some rillettes into the mix!

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Now you know what we're having for dinner tonight!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

What time is the party?

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

When can you get here?

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

mmmmm.....yum.

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, mrslarkin!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Yum! These sound fabulous. I love skating on the edge between sweet and savory - it's a lovely place to be.

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, hla! I like that, too!