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Savory Shortbread With Herbs and Parmesan Cheese

Savoury Shortbread

Savory Shortbread With Herbs And Parmesan Cheese

Our friend Aga has developed another shortbread recipe for you — Savory Shortbread With Herbs and Parmesan Cheese. This recipe is perfect for use with our Brown Bag Designs Shortbread Pans, and we think you will love pairing it with your favorite winter soups and stews.

Prep: 20 minutes | Bake: 25-35 minutes | Total: 45-65 minutes 

Yield: 1 pan of shortbread (7-9 servings, depending on the pan) 

Savoury Shortbread


  • ½ cup room temperature butter 
  • 1 tsp fine-grain sea salt 
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar, unsifted 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, unsifted 
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan (optional)
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon (optional)

This recipe was developed specifically for use with our Brown Bag Designs Shortbread Pans. In this recipe Aga used our Norwegian Woods Shortbread Pan.


  1. Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl mixer, cream butter until it is light. 
  3. Cream in powdered sugar, salt and pepper.
  4. Work flour into the mixture. Add chopped herbs, Parmesan cheese and lemon zest (if using). Then, transfer the dough onto an un-floured board and knead until nice and smooth. 
  5. Spray your favorite Emerson Creek Shortbread Pan lightly with non-stick vegetable oil spray. 
  6. Firmly press the dough into the Shortbread Pan. Then, prick the entire surface with a fork. 
  7. Place pan in the oven and bake for 25-35 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  8. Allow the shortbread to cool for 10 minutes. Then, loosen the edges with a knife and flip the pan onto a wooden cutting board. If the shortbread is stuck, tap one edge of the pan until it comes out. 
  9. Cut the savory shortbread into pieces while it is still warm. Enjoy! 

Agnieszka (Aga) Bodes is an experienced photographer and recipe developer. She has been professional blogger, creator, and photographer since 2011. Born in Poland and residing in Canada, Aga draws inspiration from the beauty of Mother Nature – using natural light while highlighting freshly foraged fruits, vegetables, and foliage in her light-filled work. Aga first found one of Emerson Creek’s Brown Bag Designs Shortbread Pans at a yard sale in 2020 and was inspired to use it in her photography. Happily, she tagged Emerson Creek Pottery with the photo, and the rest is history. Today, Aga Bodes creates delicious recipes specifically for Emerson Creek Pottery. Learn more about Aga and see some of her creative work on her website,

2 Responses

  1. I did make the pumpkin spice shortbread and it was great. Something a little fancier for a change.
    This recipe looks super and I will probably make it this afternoon for a party tomorrow.
    Thanks so much for adding these recipes for my collection.
    By the way, I do have EVERY mold that you have. Are there any ideas for adding something else?
    Thanks, Elaine

    1. Hi Elaine! Thank you for your comment and for trying out our recipes! We are working on recipes for some of our other products, so stay tuned for those.

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