Recipe Roundup: Savory Cookies

Along with the classic sugar cookies and gingerbread men this time of year, it can be fun to add some unexpected, savory twists to your holiday baking. Herbs and spices like pepper and rosemary can add heat and dimension to biscotti and shortbread. Cookies made with parmesan or blue cheese may be enjoyed as appetizers or just a little respite from all the other sugary treats in our cookie tins. From cumin to seaweed(!), here are some savory cookie recipes we're eager to try.

Black Pepper
Black Pepper Biscotti, from Bon Appétit
Olive Oil Cookies with black pepper and rosemary, from Mark Bittman
Pepper-Cumin Cookies, from New York Times

Cheese
Italian Cheese Cookies with rosemary and sun-dried tomatoes, from Dutch Girl Cooking
Rosemary Blue Cheese Ice Box Cookies, from Allrecipes
Savory Cheese Cookies from Passionate About Baking

Lemongrass
Lemongrass, Ginger and Sesame Biscuits, from Milk and Cookies
Lemongrass Snowballs, from Allrecipes

Rosemary
Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread, from 101 Cookbooks
Rosemary-Cheese Spritz Cookies, from Food Network
Rosemary Shortbread, from Gourmet

Sage
Apricot, Cornmeal, and Sage Cookies, from Gourmet
Sage-Scented Shortbread, from Bon Appétit
Savory Madeleines with sage, olives, and cheese, from Yum Sugar

Seaweed
Seaweed Cookie, from David Lebovitz

Thyme
Cornmeal-Thyme Cookies, from Martha Stewart
Lemon Thyme Wafers, from Martha Stewart

Have you ever made savory cookies or added unexpected ingredients to classic cookies? Please share your recipes and suggestions in the comments!

(Images: Food Network, Yum Sugar, Passionate About Baking)