Timer Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Cook Time: 15 mins
Portions Serves: 2 ½ dozen shortbread pieces


A holiday treat to share with you! These are the perfect little morsels to share on a cheese tray with holiday drinks.

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) shredded old cheddar cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour


In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer; beat butter until almost white in colour. Beat in cheese, garlic, basil and rosemary until smooth. Stir in flour until ragged dough starts to form.

Using hands, knead dough to come together. Roll into a 9 inch (22.5 cm) log and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm. Make-ahead: Log can be frozen for up to 2 weeks.

Slice log into 1/4 inch (5 mm) rounds and place onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated 350 F (180 C) oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool.

Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories 50 Fat 4g
Saturated 2.5g Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 40mg Calcium 30mg
Carbohydrate 3g Fibre 0g
Sugars 0g Protein 1g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 0%
Iron 1%

*The percentage of calcium is based on the Osteoporosis Canada’s daily calcium requirement for people under 50 years of age of 1000 mg.

Osteoporosis Canada’s position on nutrition for healthy bones focuses on calcium and vitamin D while stressing a well-balanced diet which includes fiber and whole grains, vitamins and minerals and protein.


If fresh herbs are not available substitute 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each dried basil and rosemary leaves.

Recipe by

Emily Richards,

Professional Home Economist