Lemon Sage Shortbread Cookies you can’t stop eating #RecipeShowdown

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He just ate a fermented stinky rabbit head, maggot poop (gag), and scorpions for dessert but spit out a walnut like it’s the most bizarre thing on earth. I’m talking about you, Andrew Zimmern! My husband thinks it’s just a publicity stunt, like shoving bulls’ testicles down your throat isn’t a hard enough sell. I went on making my lemon sage shortbread cookies feeling a bit adventurous myself.

Wait! There is fresh sage in those cookies?

Why, yes. You may think putting herbs in cookies is bizarre too, but I assure you it’s not. Although, I almost made half a batch thinking they can’t be good. Actually, if it wasn’t for the Recipe Showdown challenge I would’ve never made these. Ann, our February host, gave us sage as an ingredient and I wanted to make her proud. I could’ve easily just entered my herb roasted chicken recipe, but how exciting is that? After all, Ann made cookies with Gorgonzola for our January challenge. Gorgonzola is to Ann what walnuts are to Andrew.

She was brave and I wanted to be brave too.

The cookies are slightly sweet, buttery, and herby with a great texture. I ate five in a row while photographing them when they were still warm. The usually astringent sage flavor doesn’t dominate and the hint of lemon brightens up the aroma. This is not the strangest cookie I’ve made. There is a recipe for peanut butter and bacon cookies somewhere on the blog. If you’re interested search for it, but I’m not giving you the link because it’s an ancient post and I’m embarrassed by the photo. But the cookies were excellent.


So put on your Andrew Zimmern alter ego and be adventurous! You won’t regret it. Bring them to parties, serve them with goat cheese or your favorite chutney. They also make a great gift, especially if you stamp a note like ‘homemade’ or ‘made with love’. Think Christmas. Too soon? OK, then pin them to your Christmas board for later.

Lemon Sage Shortbread Cookies

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lemon sage shortbread cookies - All that's Jas

Ingredients:
Makes (about) 30

 
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fresh sage, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

 

Directions:

Blend together first five ingredients in a food processor. Add sliced butter and process until dough comes together. Alternatively, mix ingredients with your hands. Knead until dough is pliable.

Divide the dough in half. Shape each dough piece into log about 2 inches in diameter. Chill until firm enough to slice, about 20-30 minutes. [I’m inpatient and put my dough in the freezer to chill faster but it crumbled when I tried to slice it. Then I let it out to warm up. You know that saying ‘hurry up and wait’? My life in a nutshell, ha!]

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut each dough log into 1/3 – 1/2-inch thick rounds. Place rounds on a large nonstick cookie sheet.

lemon sage shortbread cookies - All that's Jas

Stamp cookies with a cookie stamp to add a personal touch, if you desire.

lemon sage shortbread cookies - All that's Jas

Bake until cookies are golden, about 20-25 minutes.

Notes: If you don’t have nonstick sheet, line your regular baking sheet with parchment paper. Oven temperatures vary. Keep your eye on the cookies during the last 5-10 minutes of baking. Cool on racks.

lemon sage shortbread cookies - All that's Jas

Lemon Sage Shortbread Cookies you can’t stop eating #RecipeShowdown

Lemon Sage Shortbread Cookies you can’t stop eating #RecipeShowdown

Lemon sage shortbread cookies are slightly sweet, buttery, herby, and with a great texture.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

Directions

Blend together first five ingredients in a food processor. Add sliced butter and process until dough comes together. Alternatively, mix ingredients with your hands. Knead until dough is pliable.

Divide the dough in half. Shape each dough piece into log about 2 inches in diameter. Chill until firm enough to slice, about 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut each dough log into 1/3 - 1/2-inch thick rounds. Place rounds on a large nonstick cookie sheet. Bake until cookies are golden, about 20-25 minutes. Notes: If you don't have nonstick sheet, line your regular baking sheet with parchment paper. Oven temperatures vary. Keep your eye on the cookies during the last 5-10 minutes of baking. Cool on racks.

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P.S. No fingers were cut in the making of the cookies.

This recipe is featured on Organized 31, Feeding Big, and A Woman in Her Prime.

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  1. […] to your liking. Now to think of it, I should’ve added sage or rosemary like I did in my lemon sage shortbread cookies. It would make more sense. Oh, well…You get the […]

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  3. Reply
    Susan
    March 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Hmmm, I would have passed on the sage cookies, but I’ll trust you and give ’em a try. Love the cookie stamp – it makes me smile. Congrats, you’re featured on the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 3, 2017 at 7:41 am

      Susan, I hope you like them or you won’t like me for talking you into trying them 🙁 Thank you so much for the feature!

  4. Reply
    Jamie
    March 2, 2017 at 10:33 am

    These look amazing!! Will definitely be pinning these to try soon. 🙂
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      Jas
      March 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks, Jamie! Have a wonderful day 🙂

  5. Reply
    Jen Gregor
    March 1, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    These look great and I love the cookie stamp! I will have to get one of those. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at the Friday at the Fire Station link-up! I
    Jen
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      Jas
      March 2, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Hi, Jen! Thank you. The cookie stamp makes the cookie special 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  6. Reply
    Miz Helen
    February 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

    A Shortbread Cookie is really one of my favorites and the combination of flavor for your cookie will be fantastic! I really love your homemade stamp!! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday and you have a great week!
    Miz Helen
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      Jas
      February 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks, Miz Helen! You’re too sweet 😀

  7. Reply
    Selina
    February 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I absolutely LOVE shortbread but have never popped sage in… I’m going to trust you and give them a go!! PS: I love your cookie stamp… I want one 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 25, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Thank you, Selina! If you’re not sure, try putting less sage this time and see how you like it. Click on the highlighted stamp word in the post, it’ll take you to the source 🙂

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        Selina
        February 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm

        Great, thanks!!
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    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    February 24, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I love that press! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up!
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      Jas
      February 25, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thanks, Helen! I’m obsessed with it 🙂

  9. Reply
    STEPHANIE
    February 24, 2017 at 7:22 am

    6 ingredients! I love a simple recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 25, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Thank you, Stephanie! Simple is always the best! Thanks for stopping in 😀

  10. Reply
    Melissa Ruddy
    February 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I love your story about what inspired these. I have never had a herb favored cookie before but I can not wait to try these. Also love that it is a small list of ingredients.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 23, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Melissa! The cookie is basically selling itself 😀 Thanks for stopping by!

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    Alison's Allspice
    February 23, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Sage is such an interesting ingredient for cookies, I can’t wait to try it! Also, your cookie stamp is awesome! I found you at the This is How We Roll Link Up.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 23, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Hi, Alison! Thanks for visiting!!! I thought so too! Next time I want to try rosemary. What do you think?

  12. Reply
    Leanna
    February 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    These look really rich and delicious. A nice change from sweet shortbread. Pinning.
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      Jas
      February 23, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you, Leanna! These are still a tad sweet, but not like the regular shortbread cookies 🙂 Wishing you a fabulous weekend ahead!

  13. Reply
    Laurie
    February 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I for one think the cookie combination sounds pretty good, so much so that I was compelled to pin the recipe to try and will be featuring them on Saturday’s Snickerdoodle link party! Thanks for sharing with us!
    ~Laurie

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 22, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Yay, Laurie, you made my day! I hope you’ll like them! If you’re not sure, use less sage, but I personally don’t think it’s too strong. 😀

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    Theresa @DearCreatives
    February 22, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I can’t wait to try this cookies recipe. It will give me an excuse to use my cookie stamp too! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party @DearCreatives Pinned & shared.
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    Keri
    February 21, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Jas, Andrew Zimmern sounds like he would have made a great contestant on Fear Factor. I think the sage sounds like a wonderful ingredient in cookies. It’s usually the unexpected and unique that make the best combo in baking. I’ll save this recipe for later. I need to try baking something besides chocolate chip cookies, lol.
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      Jas
      February 21, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      He would’ve, you’re absolutely right! If you make them I’d love to know what you think!

  16. Reply
    Carlee
    February 18, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I could see these really working. It is fun to try new combinations of flavors. And too funny about not linking up the peanut butter bacon cookies. I still have a lot of work to do on my photography, if only time (and light!) allowed. But I look back at my beginning posts and wonder what I was thinking posting some of those pictures. I am slowly working through some of them and updating pictures, but it’s a never ending process!
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      Jas
      February 18, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Well, can you blame me? Ha, ha! You went and saw them. I have it on my to-do list but I can barely keep up with posting new ones. How do you do it all?! Plus, spending almost every weekend with your large family. Our kids come for dinner every other Sunday and although I love having them, I need time off too. Maybe it’s just my age slowing me down 🙁

  17. Reply
    Mary-the boondocks blog
    February 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I don’t know who Andrew is but we eat lots of weird stuff here Jas. They have this one dish that is made with intestines and the hairy insides. Yuk!! It is made into a soup. I think it’s called tripe soup. And it has a strong vinegar smell. Compared to that your cookies are a joy. I just sent the recipe to my girl, she peeked in and wants to try it.
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      Jas
      February 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Oh, look him up, Mary! He’s been all over the world with his show ‘Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern’. I bet there are videos on YouTube. I wasn’t exaggerating, he literately ate those things and then some, lol. He’s been to Greece and Croatia too. Some people back home eat those tripe too, made into a stew, but no thank you! I hope your daughter likes the cookies. We have a divided front here, lol.

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        Mary-the boondocks blog
        February 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

        Do I really want to look him up? Isn’t the tripe bad enough? Or how about when Easter comes around and we try to eat every single part of the lamb!! I’ll take the cookies any day!
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          Jas
          February 20, 2017 at 9:29 pm

          Haha, you crack me up. In that case no – don’t look him up, lol.

  18. Reply
    Ann
    February 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    and oh yeah..that andrew zimmern..he’s just out of this world with his adventurous pallete. I don’t think I can even taste those stuff he ate.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      They must pay him pretty penny but I couldn’t do it for all the money in the world! I must say, he’s pretty brave….or crazy, lol.

  19. Reply
    Ann
    February 17, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Wow!!! You had me floored! I’ll have some of those to go, thank you. 😀
    I don’t think it’s weird at all; in fact, pretty refreshing! I’d vote you in for this if not for the fact that I can’t. :/
    Well done, my dear friend! xoxox.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 17, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you, friend! I know you can’t. The rule makes sense or we’d keep nominating each other, ha, ha. I still think your Gorgonzola cookies take the first place!

  20. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    February 17, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I read the sage challenge & didn’t think there was anything original that I could really think to do – but these cookies sounds really tempting!

    Wait though…..
    “He just ate a fermented stinky rabbit head, maggot poop (gag), and scorpions for dessert”

    Are you still willing to kiss that mouth?

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Ha, ha, I’m certainly not and I don’t think my husband would let me kiss Andrew 😀 You’re too funny. The challenge doesn’t require anything special, though. It’s just that I like to challenge myself. I did submit the chicken recipe too 😉

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