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These are from a Martha Stewart magazine. I tried them this year for our Thanksgiving cookie plate and they were wonderful. Everyone except my DH loved them..he said, "Ugh, Rosemary is great in chicken, but it does not belong in cookies...chocolate, chocolate belongs in cookies"..bah, what does he know? They a lovely cookie, for a sophisticated palate, <BEG>, the rosemary is a slight after taste, not overpowering at all. I'm making them again for Christmas .
- 3 1⁄2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts, toasted, plus more
- pine nuts, for topping the cookies
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons softened unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 large egg
- decorator sugar (sanding sugar)
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Finely chop rosemary in a food processor. Add pine nuts, pulse until coarsely ground.
- Transfer to a large bowl. Whisk in 2 cups of the flour, the baking soda,ginger and salt. Set aside.
- Put butter and sugar in a separate bowl and with an electric mixer, mix on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in oil and reduce speed to low. Mix in flour mixture. Add cream and mix until well combined, about 2 minutes. Mix in egg and remaining 1/2 cup flour.
- Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and space about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with fingers and top each with one pine nut. Sprinkle with sanding sugar.
- Bake cookies rotating sheets halfway through until edges are golden, about 13 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes on sheets on wire racks. Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. Can be stored in airtight containers up to 3 days.
These are FANTASTIC cookies! Just as stated, just an aftertaste of rosemary, nothing overpowering. You definitely get the aroma and halfway through the cookie you start getting the slightest hint of rosemary. Wonderful! I added just a little pure vanilla extract to mine as I hardly make any cookie without it. I also used about a 1/4 tsp. of Cardamom (a nice addition!). I generously sprinkled them with raw turbinado sugar, then patted them down and placed a pine nut in the middle. They came out nice and round and sparkled. I didn't get quite 70 cookies out of the recipe, but I might have made mine a little larger that 3/4" balls. I think I'll make another batch of them. I have 5 huge rosemary bushes outside, and it's so nice to make something that's SO delicious with something still so plentiful in my garden! EXCELLENT recipe. Especially if you love the herb rosemary....and I do.
I loved these cookies! definitely different.... a good balance of sweet and savory.