Cornmeal Shortbread with Herbs and Honey


Cornmeal Shortbread with Herbs and Honey

By Amy Maltzan, adapted from The New York Times

This buttery shortbread can be a luscious bridge between a soft, earthy cheese and a sweet dessert Riesling. We thought it was a knockout with the “Little Pond” cheese from Keeley’s Cheese Company and the Hermann J. Wiemer 2013 Late Harvest Riesling.

Makes 1 8×8 or 9×9 pan

1½ cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cornmeal (we like Farmer Ground Flour’s Cornmeal)

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon fennel seed

1 teaspoon plus 1 pinch kosher salt

Several grindings fresh black pepper

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted cold butter, cut into 1-inch chunks

2 teaspoons honey

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together flour, cornmeal, sugar, rosemary, fennel, salt and pepper. (Alternatively, whisk together by hand in a large mixing bowl.)

Add chunks of cold butter and honey; pulse until most pieces are the size of oatmeal. Continue pulsing until finely ground and just starting to clump together, but don’t over-process. The mixture should look sandy. (Alternatively, use a pastry blender to cut in the butter and honey until the same sandy texture is reached.)

Pour the mixture into an 8×8 or 9×9 pan and use your hands to firmly press the dough down into the pan. Prick all over with a knife or skewer.

Bake until golden brown, 35-40 minutes for a 9×9 pan or 45-50 minutes for an 8×8 pan. Let cool slightly before cutting bars to serve (I cut mine into 1×2-inch bars.)

Amy Maltzan is an avid home cook, gardener and occasional blogger. More of her seasonally focused recipes are available at and here.

Photo by Amy Maltzan

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