Sage Pignoli Shortbreads


Created for the 2011 Inn to Inn Herb Tour, these savory bites are great for brunch, afternoon tea, or with a glass of wine as an aperitif.



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled
  • ½ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted



Blend first 4 ingredients briefly in food processor. Use 2 tablespoons sage for lightly scented flavor; more for a stronger herb taste. Cut butter into 1/2-inch-thick pieces Add butter to processor bowl; using on/off turns, process until dough comes together. Turn out into bowl and mix in toasted pine nuts. Divide dough in half. Shape each dough piece into log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Chill until firm enough to slice, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut each chilled log into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick rounds; place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake approximately 18-22 minutes or until cookies are golden. Cool on racks.

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