Elegant Appetizer: Savory Shortbread

At a recent gathering, my host served the most unusual of cookies along with a whiskey cocktail. What I thought was a sweet cookie, was in fact, a savory version. Turns out salty shortbread, dotted with oats and rosemary, is much tastier than the traditional sugar variety.

We featured Sara Kate's famed savory oatmeal cookies a few weeks ago, and now that I've tried savory shortbread, I have to say I'm well on board with this idea. The butter, salt and fresh herb notes tickled my tongue and absolutely surprised me. There's nothing like novelty to awake your senses, allowing you to perceive more and become aware.

After consulting with the chef/hostess, I discovered that they simply used a standard shortbread cookie recipe and just omitted the sugar and added fresh herbs.

Have you ever baked a savory cookie?

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