Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
These cookies are great with tea. You will probably have the ingredients already in your pantry. From The Family Baker by Susan G. Purdy
- 1⁄2 cup solid shortening, plus extra for preparing pans
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, softened but not melted
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest or 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, very finely chopped or 2 teaspoons finely crushed dried rosemary
- note:If using dried rosemary, measure it into a small self-sealing plastic bag or mortar and pestle and crush the leaves very finely before adding them to the batter.
- Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat it to 325 degrees F.
- Coat the cookie sheets with solid shortening and set them aside.
- In a large mixing bowl with a sturdy spoon or an electric mixer, beat together the shortening, butter, and sugar until smooth and well blended.
- Beat in the egg, honey, juice, and grated zest.
- On top of this mixture, add all the dry ingredients and the rosemary, then slowly stir or beat everything together until just incorporated.
- Drop heaping teaspoons of batter on the cookie sheet, placing them 2 inches apart so the cookies can spread.
- Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden brown with a slightly darker edge. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet about 5 minutes, then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. The cookies get crisper as they cool. Store in an airtight container.
I followed the recipe exactly. The first batch came out flat and burned. I added a heaping 1/3 cup of flour to the remaining dough and baked the cookies for 9 minutes. They tasted fine. I used fresh rosemary and it was definitely a unique taste. These might be a novelty cookie for the rosemary flavor but not one I'd make again.
Cookiedog these big, soft & tender cookies are the bomb! They taste like honey and spices...wonderful just wonderful, sweet and spicy. My dh never tasted the rosemary in the cookies at all...he loved them so much he didn't want to share them...He even took the rest to work with him today...I used dried rosemary and crushed it into powder with my motar and pestle. Instead of orange zest I used some of my candied orange peel....The spice mix used in this cookie was absolutely perfect. I'll be putting these babies on my cookie trays this year....when my guests arrive I want them to smell the delicious aroma that these cookies impart. My house smelled just incredible...Thanks so much for sharing.
I enjoyed these cookies,warming from the honey and the spices. refreshing from the lemon. And as for the fresh rosemary right from the garden is wonderful I also added a touch of dried lavender from the garden. I enjoy the 2 together! Thanks for a comforting treat!