Rosemary and Parmesan Savory Cookies

Most Indian kitchens would always have a spice rack with zillion colorful spices, multiple containers with different types of lentil, a huge container filled with wheat flour and definitely a white rice container. Typically!

When it comes to utensils, you would always find a pressure cooker or two! Pressure Cooker might intimidate a lot of people but not an Indian wife. They have some kind of love towards them. My Mom has three of those.. different sizes and uses them almost every day. There is one in my kitchen too, hiding somewhere in some counter.

I could never like those! Tough to clean.. makes your kitchen a mess if your water proportion is not correct and then, the noise of the whistle!

One thing that would be very rarely seen in Indian kitchen is a baking oven and a cookie jar. My Mom used to bake.. but mostly plain vanilla cakes in a round oven which would usually rest in the top counter for most the days. Cookies.. never! They would always be bought from some close-by bakery shop.. fresh and tasty. I guess Mom never felt the need.

Now a days, things are changing. There’s a lot of baking and grilling happening in every Indian house.

I am not much of a baker. And baking cookies has always been a challenge to me. My very first batch of cookies went straight to the bin – they became hard like rocks. The second batch was good but it didn’t look fancy. Third batch was even better but again, it didn’t look fancy. I don’t know how people make the cookies look so pretty!

Yesterday was my fourth attempt and I made savory cookies this time. They looked ok.. not great, just ok! But they tasted so awsm. We enjoyed these crispy crunchy delicious bites with our evening tea. I think they would taste great with some soup as well.

Also, I wanted to share with you that I have started contributing on Honest Cooking and this was my first contribution 🙂

Recipe adapted from here and it would yield about 35 cookies.

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, kept in room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely cut
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • olive oil to brush on the cookies (optional)

Directions :

In a bowl, whisk butter and lemon zest.

Add the egg yolk and whisk until it’s smooth and mixed properly.

Now, add the heavy cream and whisk again.

In a separate bowl, add flour, cheese, rosemary and salt and mix them.

Pour the flour mix in the butter mix 1/4 cup at a time and keep whisking. Continue till all the flour and butter is mixed properly.

Cover the bowl and let it rest for 30 mins in the refrigerator.

Finally, give it one last knead with hand and make the cookies. You could use a rolling pin to roll them and cut in shape. Or make tiny balls and press them with your palm.

At last, brush some olive oil on top of the cookies. This would give them a nice brown color.

Bake them at 350 F for about 25 minutes. Turn them and bake them for another 5 minutes.

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sarah says:

These look incredible! I love the idea of a savory cookie and the rosemary-parmesan combo is a keeper!

Christine says:

Love the rosemary parmesan combo. Great recipe.

Manu says:

These look so yummy Kankana! I think they are quite pretty too! Besides, I am more a “taste” oriented person rather than a “look” oriented one! Great combo of flavors (well… I am partial on that! hehehe). Fantastic clicks as always!

Raji says:

Wonderful combination of flavours Kankana…and the cookies have got gorgeous colour.

My mum has 3 pressure cookers too! lol
I love your cookies..rosemary is one of my favorite herbs..
thank you for sharing Kankana

These look amazing! I love the combo of parmesan and rosemary. have a great weekend!

jeyashrisuresh says:

Very flavourful and perfect cookies

gee kankana- nice write up on the honest cooking page- way to go gal, the cookies look good and the flavours indicate awesome taste !!

Krithi says:

Those are super cute and delicious looking cookies.. love the orange color..
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Deepika says:

These look so yum, and cute. And another thing you forgot an Indian kitchen will probably not have – rosemary & parmesan!! I’ll stock up on those and book mark your recipe.

wow, i love the combo of rosemary and parm!!! great savory recipe! 😀

love the color of these cookies !

i adore rosemary and kankana cookies with combination is totally fantastic!!

briarrose says:

Savory cookies….wonderful idea. These would make a wonderful side to a meal.

Rosa says:

Those look extraordinary! Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. A perfect combination of flavors.



manju says:

Savory cookies! Yum!
Soo true about the gazillion spices and dal and the multiple pressure cookers! I myself have three here 😛

rebecca says:

great cookies and I just smile the way you describe an Indian kitchen I can relate being married to an Indian, we have a few pressure cookers and loads of spices he he

Lovely looking cookies! I like the reddish brown crisp color.As much as I hate my pressure cooker whistle but really cant imagine my kitchen w/o it.What do you do if you dont use one- wondering how you cook dal?

Urmi says:

Cookies looks crispy, crunchy, yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

Great combo of ingredients and looks irresistible!

Kankana, I always hold my breath when I click your blog…you are so talented in taking pictures and in baking! Great savoury treat. Rosemary and cheese would go very well together!

Kankana, these savoury cookies look amazing. I love that you kept perfecting the recipe until you got the result you wanted.

hemalata says:

Cookies looks so crispy and crunchy,looks so inviting.Nice preparation.

Great your trials have resulted in us having a good svaoury cookie recipe!! I’m all for these crunchy bites. And congrats on your contribution…that’s the way to go!!

Sarah says:

These look so good! And I love savoury biscuits! I love having something like this with my evening coffee 🙂

Jun says:

It is my dream to have rows and rows and rows of glass jars full of spices, all Asian spices, mostly. I love spices. Your cookies looks like yummy crackers to me.
On another different note, I love Indian snacks, something like fried crackers? With ground cumin, if I am not mistaken. They are like long noodles. Me and my father would munch on them non-stop, freaking mum out.

Kankana, your rosemary & parmesan cookies look so good! My neighbor has endless fresh rosemary and they told me I can use it anytime. I’ve been tempted to try after I saw this combination before on other bloggers’ sites. Now after I saw yours, I really want to try this! Looks so delicious. It’ll be a big hit in my house for sure.

Joanne says:

I love the idea of a savory cookie! This rosemary parmesan combo sounds super delicious!

baked to perfection! fabulous cookies – love the ingredients and am totally making these this week! two thumbs up dear for this recipe 🙂

tigerfish says:

They definitely look tempting to me! And savory entice me even more!

cookies look this combo..hey, hv shared some awards with you, kindly accept the same from my blog..thanks!!

aipi says:

That’s simply sensational ~ I cannot stop staring at your pictures. They are just super drool-worthy ! I’m trying this out soon for sure. 🙂
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Vaishali says:

The cookies look delicious. I am definitely one of those cooks who’s in love with their pressure cooker– like your mom, I have three at home. 🙂 But my dog Lucy would agree with you about the noise– she hates that whistle so much, she scurries off to the basement when she hears me take the pressure cooker out of the kitchen cupboard!

Lin Ann says:

A savory cookie! These sound really wonderful. I’m a terrible baker but every now and then I get adventurous like you. Well, I love the ingredients here – they must taste fabulous, especially with tea. PS, I don’t own a pressure cooker but I think I’d be afraid to use one!

Love these savory cookies and great clicks too!

These look awesome! Your pictures are amazing..I can almost taste them..haha.

Tiffany says:

These crackers look fantastic! And congrats on your Honest Cooking gig! 😀

sally says:

I love the combination of parmesan cheese and rosemary in these crackers. I’ve only made homemade crackers once and loved them, so I’ll have to give your recipe a try.

Congrats on your feature in Honest Cooking!!! These savory cookies are fantastic… I loooove the flavors!

Meghna says:


rosemary is one of my fav herb… will be trying them out for a friend’s get together… do you thing using whole wheat flour/almond flour work ???

Kankana, i’ve been on a savory bites lately and these just hit the spot. I find them pretty darn pretty and can only image how delicious they taste.
I’m definitely going to give them a try soon. Thanks for sharing.

Irena says:

Wonderful crackers and lovely photos:)

Ramya says:

Thatz looks awesome..Cant take my eyes off ur clicks:-)
Thank u for stopping by my space and leaving such lovely comments..
Glad to follow u..U hav a great collection here..And once again great clicks!!

Maja says:

Definitely will try this! I just love your photos, recipes and blog 🙂