Rosemary chocolate chip cookies / biscuits

2 Sep


I have written before about my wonderful rosemary bush, which thrives despite the neglect we show it. It is vibrant, green, and always happy to provide a sprig or two whenever we deign to visit it. Poor tree.


These rosemary choc chip biscuits (as we call them) or cookies (for my American readers) are amazing: a bewitching combination of savoury and sweet. They marry perfectly with a cuppa or a glass of something stronger (don’t worry – I won’t tell anyone.)

Please don’t substitute dried rosemary as you will be disappointed with the end result.


125 grams butter at room temperature, diced

¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 cups plain flour whisked with

1 teaspoon baking powder

¾ cup dark chocolate bits

2 teaspoons finely snipped fresh rosemary



Line a tray with non-stick baking paper.

In bowl of electric beater mix together the butter and sugar until it is creamy and non-gritty. After a few minutes stop to scrape down the sides.

Add egg, one at a time, then scaped n sides again.

Pour in flour/ baking powder mix and beat until combined.

Sing a big metal spoon stir in chocolate and rosemary until combined.

Place in fridge for an hour or so.

Preheat oven to 180C.

Gather a walnut-sized lump of dough, roll into ball, place o tray then gently flatten with a fork.

If you have any sprigs left over you can add them now.

Complete until all dough is used. They made spread a little so leave space between each one.

Bake for 12-ish minutes / until golden [depending on your oven and the size of your cookies it may take a few extra minutes].

Allow to cool on baking racks.


46 Responses to “Rosemary chocolate chip cookies / biscuits”

  1. Liz September 2, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    these look like so much fun! I love sneaking herbs or something else that is savory into a sweet treat. It’s like saying, “SURPRISE!” Definitely yum. Nice with sherry 🙂

    • thehungrymum September 3, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      I reckon these would go *perfectly* with a nip or two of sherry 🙂

  2. Little Gumnut September 2, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    That’s a very unusual combo!

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2014 at 6:20 am #

      It is, I know, but it works – trust me! #WouldILieToYou

  3. Baking With Gab September 2, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    Yum! I love pairing herbs and sweet ingredient. Bet these were delicious!

    • thehungrymum September 3, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      Me too! I’ve done a few rosemary cakes in my time and they are always good.

  4. Amanda@ChewTown September 2, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    I’ll take rosemary in a dessert any day!

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      isn’t it amazing how it melds so well with sweet and savoury? #magicalRosemary

  5. cheergerm September 2, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    Who’d have thunk it?! Will have to give this combo a whirl soon. Any plant that thrives on neglect is my kind of plant. (Great lead photo too Mrs Hungry!)

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2014 at 8:14 am #

      Awww, ta 🙂 I have successfully killed just about everything in our ‘veggie patch’ [purists would scoff!] yet the rosemary keeps on keeping on. Maybe it too is a fan of baked goods 🙂

  6. trixpin September 2, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Very nice 🙂 I love adding rosemary to things, and like yours I use a bush in a nearby field that never sees any care or attention – they seem to thrive on total neglect!

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2014 at 10:05 am #

      Neglect is how I roll in the garden 🙂 Rosemary is all kinds of rad.

  7. papict September 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    I never would have thought to add rosemary to chocolate chip biscuits but these look and sound wonderful. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Fran @ G'day Souffle' September 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I also have a rosemary bush in my backyard that has been sitting there neglected. Now I can give it some purpose, i.e. chocolate chip cookies!

  9. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso September 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    I love to add rosemary to cakes, but I’ve never paired it with chocolate and now I’m thinking – why didn’t I? 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    • thehungrymum September 3, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      Hope you get a chance to make them – you’ll be glad you did 🙂

  10. spiceinthecity September 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Ooh the combination of rosemary and chocolate sounds really intriguing! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  11. Neely Wang September 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Ooh, what a great “grown-up” flavour combination — would love to try these!

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      I hope you do try them – they are perfect for when you need a change from chocolate or something equally sweet.

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      Yes, they are perfect for those of us with more sophisticated palates 🙂

  12. Kristen September 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    What an inventive, unique combination! I will have to try these when I get a chance to bake! Are the biscuits soft on the inside or crispy all the way through?

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2014 at 10:31 am #

      I’ll let you in on a secret – the Hungry Dad prefers cookies [or bickies, as well call them here in Australia] to be soft, rather than crispy, so I deliberately undercook ALL my cookies!

      • Kristen September 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

        I prefer soft cookies too, so it’s good to know that it can be done with this recipe!

  13. Hortense September 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    I heard through the grapevine that the hungry mum may have made some delicious vanilla cupcakes with a chocolate glaze…. I hope they are put on the website soon. ….

  14. hipfoodiemom September 3, 2014 at 1:47 am #

    I love rosemary. . it’s one of my favorite herbs!! Rosemary and thyme are probably my faves and although I’ve baked a lot with thyme, I haven’t with rosemary. . definitely need to! These cookie biscuits look great!

  15. ChgoJohn September 3, 2014 at 4:05 am #

    Big fan of rosemary here and love the idea of using it in cookie dough. Gotta give this a try. Thanks.

  16. milkandbun September 3, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    I do like rosemary, it’s so aromatic! Tasty cookies! 🙂

    • thehungrymum September 3, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Aromatic! That was the word I was searching for! Yep, and it really lifts these cookies into a realm of their own.

  17. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs September 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    This is brilliant. I would never have thought to pair rosemary with a chocolate chip cookie! But you know what? It makes sense! It totally works! I would definitely pair it with a lovely glass of wine… Yum. Bookmarking this recipe. ❤ Awesome post.

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      What a sweet comment – you really made me smile 🙂 This combo does work – dunno why, but it does! And yes, a glass of something cheeky is totally in order when sampling one of these x

  18. Traditionally Modern Food September 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    Wow rosemary and choc chip what a innovative combo:-) looks yummy

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2014 at 4:53 am #

      thanks! I’ve added rosemary to a few sweet things & it somehow just works 🙂

  19. tanaramccauley September 4, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    I can’t wait to try these. Oh, and I made the rum donuts…delish!

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2014 at 10:22 am #

      Yay! Glad to hear you made AND liked the donuts 🙂 Happy days! Make these next 🙂 Thanks x

  20. Choc Chip Uru September 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    You have just revolutionised the choc chip cookie. WOW!

    Choc Chip Uru

  21. Noted in Nashville September 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    I am always looking for new ways to combine herbs in a sweet treat. This is a great one!

    • thehungrymum September 6, 2014 at 9:40 am #

      Glad I could help you add to your collection 🙂

  22. ConUnPocoDiZucchero Elena September 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Lovely mix

  23. Culinary Flavors September 7, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    I bet the rosemary added a kick to these delicious cookies! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  24. Michael's Woodcraft September 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    They look delicious! My wife likes to add rosemary to chocolate brownies!

    • thehungrymum September 8, 2014 at 1:58 am #

      oooh, why didn’t I think of that?! Might have to try this…

  25. thefolia September 11, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    What an interesting combination…I will have to give it a go, I’m sure you can’t go wrong with a chip.

  26. thingsthroughcatseyes November 12, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    Those look and sound amazing!

    • thehungrymum May 23, 2015 at 6:50 am #

      Thanks! The chocolate and rosemary really pair well together – you wouldn’t think they would be friends but they are 😉

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