Rosemary Cookies

October 06, 2021
Rosemary sea salt cookies or rosemary biscuits sables, delicious combination of rosemary, olive oil and sea salt.These rosemary cookies just melt in the mouth. 

 rosemary biscuits sables

Rosemary and olive oil in cookies? Sea salt too?

May sound like a weird combination to have those two ingredients in a cookie.

Trust me, these rosemary cookies are the BOMB!!!

You are able to taste rosemary, olive oil, the crunch and saltiness of sea salt and cookie sugary sweet.

I just could not stop at just eating a cookie!!!

How to bake Rosemary Cookies?

The list of ingredients are in the recipe card below.
Cups and spoons measurement are in the note section of the recipe card.

Rosemary cookie dough is slightly on the soft side, just like shortbread dough.
Hence you may use piping bag with nozzle or just wrap in cling film, roll and slice before baking.

 plain flour mix with tapioca flour for rosemary cookies.
1. Weigh and sift plain flour and tapioca flour

2. Weigh and sift icing sugar
Note : if icing sugar is lumpy, place them in food processor and blitz for a minute.
Then sift.

 maldon sea salt for rosemary cookies
3. I use Maldon sea salt because of its taste and flakiness.
Maldon salt gives these rosemary cookies a nice crunch and not so salty.
You can use any sea salt.

egg yolk for rosemary cookies
3. This rosemary cookies recipe only use hard boiled egg yolk.
Note : I tried soft boiled egg yolk, it was a disaster!!

fresh rosemary
4. Fresh rosemary from my garden

4. Butter.
See my note below on the types of butter I used in my previous rosemary cookies bake!

olive oil
5. Olive oil

 Cream butter and icing sugar till pale and creamy.
6. Cream butter and icing sugar till pale and creamy.

 Add olive oil, egg yolk and salt
7. Add olive oil, egg yolk and salt

 Add flour mixture
8. Add flour mixture

  Add chopped rosemary
9. Add chopped rosemary

 piping bag and rosemary cookie dough
10. This rosemary cookies dough recipe is soft just like shortbread recipe, so you either need to use a piping bag or roll them in a log form using cling film.

 pipe rosemary cookie dough
11. Piped using piping bag and nozzle
Note : do choose nozzle with wide opening.
Otherwise you piping will not be smooth as the sea salt will get stuck in between the nozzle, unable to be pushed out!

Talking from experience here :(

 refrigerate  rosemary cookie dough
12. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

 bake rosemary cookie dough for 15 minutes
13. Bake for 160C / 320F for 15 minutes.
Keep an eye on your bake, especially the hot spot corners.
Rotate baking tray half way through the bake for evenness (is there such word!!)

 rosemary sables

How to keep these Rosemary cookies?

Keep these delicious rosemary cookies in an air tight container.

How long can I keep these cookies?

Keep them in the pantry and should be good for a month.
But I can guarantee that these will be gone within  a week :P

 cookies olive oil

Which butter is best to use to bake Rosemary cookies?

I baked these melt in the mouth Rosemary cookies adapted from Pierre Hermes' Olive sables :D

I baked 3 batches, using 3 types of butter : Homebrand, Lurpak and Meadow Lea.

Without doubt, Lurpak is the best.
Buttery taste, melt in the mouth but didn't hold its shape well...

While Meadow Lea is less buttery but hold its shape well even without refrigerating the dough.

Home brand... its good but not as good as the 2 above ;P

I would still go with Lurpak butter to bake my Rosemary cookies.

Packed some as Christmas gifts to my good neighbours and good friend.

Hope they enjoy these as much as we do :D


Other recipes that may interest you :D

Spritzen Christmas wreath
Lavender Cookies.
Rosemary Sourdough crackers
Easy kumquat cake

Video on How to bake Rosemary Cookies

Rosemary Seasalt Sables

Rosemary Seasalt Sables
Yield: 150 pieces
Author: Lisa Ho
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Rosemary sea salt sables is crumbly and melt in the mouth.


  • 1 large hardboiled egg (yolk only)
  • 300g plain flour
  • 45g potato starch
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 5g chopped rosemary
  • 5g sea salt


  1. Boil an egg and discard the egg white
  2. Strain yolk into a small bowl
  3. Sift plain flour and potato starch into a medium size bowl
  4. Whisk butter at room temperature until creamy
  5. Add sugar and keep on whisking until creamy
  6. Add olive oil, strained egg yolk and sea salt
  7. Mix well
  8. Using a rubber spatula, add flour mix and chopped rosemary
  9. Mix well to combine
  10. Spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with star nozzle*
  11. Pipe in circular shape rosette onto greaseproof paper
  12. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes
  13. Preheat oven to 160C
  14. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the edges turn golden
  15. Rotate the tray half way through baking
  16. Transfer to a cooling rack


*Ingredients in Cups

** disclaimer : these measurement are direct conversion. Use kitchen scale for best result.

300g plain flour = 1 cups + ¾ cup + 2 tbsp
45g potato starch = ¼ cup + 2 tbsp
200g unsalted butter = ¾ cup + 2 tbsp
75ml olive oil = ¼ cup + 2 tbsp
100g icing sugar = ½ cup + 3 tbsp
5g chopped rosemary = 1 tablespoon
5g sea salt = 1 teaspoon

160C = 320F

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 Delicate and elegant looking Rosemary olive oil Cookies . Wonderful flavour of rosemary, olive oil and sea salt combined with creamy butter taste and sweet are the best  savoury and sweet treat, that is perfect afternoon tea.

Posted on 19th December 2014

"Feed me Cookies" month!!!

December is coming soon. 
It's bake me some cookies time!!!

This year, like previous years, gone by so fast, feels like the ticking second hand, ticks at double its speeds.

What does December means to you? How do you feel about December month?

I had always love December...

To the young me ~ December was the month, I get to enjoy waking up later than usual and played the whole day.
School was out from mid November to new year.
December, starting of the drought season.

It brought along easterly wind hence 'cooler' weather.

I remembered that some December days can be so 'cold' that my mom's cooking oil turned solid!
I loved it when I had to put on a cardigan, to combat the morning chill.

I imagined myself in some far away land... waiting for its first snow drop.

Of course, no such luck as my home was in the equator ;P

December was my happy month...
when school booklist was out and dad bought me new books, new stationeries, new school uniform, new school shoes...

love.. love ... love the smell of new books, and couldn't wait for school to start, so I could show off my everything 'new' to friends ;P

Just as December brought me happiness in my childhood...
December has opposite effect in my life in adulthood ....

As the second hand in the clock, moving twice its normal speed, new year comes and gone by ever so quickly...
and comes December... I'll be having a mix feeling...

Feeling that is difficult to describe, it's kind of happy, sad and full of anxiety.
Happy ~ everyone will be home, no school, no uni and work shut down for 2 weeks.
Sad ~ that feeling of 'I should do this instead of that' starts playing like a movie in my head!

And this year... 'anxiety' tilt the balance...
I am having a knee arthroscopy (it will be *had* by the time this post is published).
My third time having to do with hospitals in December!!!
Nothing major this time, but the pain and discomfort is unthinkable (at the moment)

So wish me luck, and hope that this is the last December ever... no more hospitals!!!

Enough melancholy stories for now!

To get my mind of things, the best therapy for me is to either eat or bake.

And I chose 'Bake'!
I can't afford to put my knee at risk of carrying my extra weight.
I have to be the doctor said I have an early onset of arthritis.

Very simple ingredients like flour, butter, rosemary, olive oil, sea salt and hard boiled egg.

The full method and steps are in the recipe card below.


  1. So pretty and tempting! A wonderful flavor combination.



  2. I LOVE sable cookies.. so I know that I would definitely adore these rosemary and sea salt sables. A recipe I need to try!

  3. These look buttery and tempting! Love the add of rosemary, Lisa.
    Happy Holidays!