Savory Pecorino Thyme Shortbread

This is another easy and delicious recipe that is great to have on hand, ready to go in the fridge. The dough keeps nicely for over a week making it ideal to bake on demand when friends swing by for cocktails.  I also love recipes, like the Baked Eggs, that give you the basic “structure” and then allow you to play with flavors…depending on the mood and what you have available.


8 Tbs (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp (I like Land O’Lakes)

1 cup hard cheese, finely grated (In this batch, I used 1/2 cup pecorino, 1/2 cup parmigiano)

1 tsp herbs, minced or ground (I used fresh thyme)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 fresh cracked pepper

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour (King Arthur is great!)

1/2 cup nuts, finely chopped (such as pine nuts, pecans, or pistachio- optional for rolling log in at the end)


  • Place the softened stick of butter in a mixer with a paddle blade and cream on medium low speed for 2-3 minutes.
  • Combine grated cheese, herbs, salt and pepper in a small bowl and incorporate into the mixer.
  • Add flour.  The majority of dough will ball together with a few pea size pebbles at the bottom of the mixer.  Add a tsp of water at a time if dough will not stick.
  • Place the  dough on a clean service and form into a tight ball, integrating any straggling crumbs.  The dough should be dry but stick together nicely with pressure.
  • Gently work ball into a 10″ long round log.  If you plan to roll the dough in nuts, do so now.
  • Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and perfect the shape.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.
  • When ready to serve, slice dough into 3/8″ medallions and line on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown and serve.

*What you choose for the herbs can be the most fun- italian herbs are always a great choice but so are some of the more exotic blends like fennel and cumin, smoked paprika or pack a punch with cayenne.  Have fun!


  1. These are absolutely delicious!

  2. Mary Jackson says:

    Anna – I wanted to bring something to a group dinner and remembered your wonderful recipes on Brave Apron. Now this recipe is requested by every single person who was at this dinner. What a hit. Hugs to you, Mary

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