Rosemary Pear Thumbprint Cookies

If you’re searching for a more sophisticated Christmas cookie, these Rosemary Pear Thumbprints are exactly what you need.

This buttery cookie has an earthy taste, thanks to the freshly chopped fresh rosemary that goes into the batter, and slightly sweet from the pear preserves and light dusting of powdered sugar on top. While it may not be what first pops into your mind when you think of Christmas cookies, I can promise you these treats will go quickly wherever you take them.

The Road to Honey first highlighted these beautiful Rosemary Pear Thumbprint Cookies five years ago and I’ve enjoyed baking them for various holiday gatherings, and even a Tea for Two baby shower, ever since. She has lovely recipes and beautiful photographs to match.

The Road to Honey recipe. Sweet On Smith video.

They are different than your standard Christmas cookies that are usually heavy with chocolate, sprinkles and add-ons, but they’re still easy to make and the ingredients are not hard to find at your local grocery store. Don’t be tempted to use dried rosemary that is in your spice rack – the fresh rosemary is a key ingredient and has such a wonderful sent as it is being chopped.

The dough requires only two hours of chilling time in the refrigerator, and just about 15 minutes in the oven. You do have to rotate the sheets from top to bottom, and turn them around 180° to ensure they bake evenly, but the end result is worth it, and you won’t mind this small extra step.

With the rosemary and pears, this may not be the favorite plate of cookies for young children, but I have yet to meet an adult who doesn’t love them. Place a batch in small airtight containers to leave on porches of loved ones, or to contribute to your cookie exchange this month.

If you are looking for a thumbprint cookie for all ages that does include chocolate and seasonal flavors, might I suggest these delicious Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints from the Christmas Cookie Queen over at Sally’s Baking Addiction? Make a batch of both flavors, so you won’t have to give them all away… or just keep them all for your household. It’ll be our little secret.

  1. Anna!!! So happy to come across this blog! Looking forward to trying out one of your amazing treats. I hope…

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Hi, I'm Anna! A few things to know about me: I'm a big fan of reading, writing, baking and eating desserts. Sweet On Smith started out in 2017 as a way to bake for others, while raising money to help various hurricane relief efforts, and area nonprofits. While that aspect is currently on pause, I wanted a space to share my good reads and sweet treat recommendations with you.

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