Rosemary is regarded as the herb of remembrance and friendship so it is certainly appropriate to use around the holidays when so many friends and family get together. Give out as a gift or take to friend’s homes when you are invited. This recipe begins with a basic sugar or butter cookie recipe. You can use your own favorite recipe if you like.
1 cup soft butter
1 ½ cup sugar
2 ¾ cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tsp. if it is dried.
Blend together the butter, sugar and eggs until creamy. Sift flour into the mixture then add the other dry ingredients; the cream of tartar, soda and salt, and blend together. Next add the most important ingredient at least when it comes to flavor, 2 light teaspoons of fresh very finely chopped rosemary. Make sure the teaspoon is level and not over flowing with rosemary.
Form the dough into small balls about the size of a walnut and place them on an un-greased baking sheet. I prefer a silpat in making cookies so there is no sticking.
Press the balls flat with the bottom of a drinking glass that has been dipped in sugar (dampen the bottom of the glass a bit first to hold the sugar). This gives them a nice crunchy glaze.
Bake them in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. It's a good idea to loosen the cookies with a spatula as soon as you take them from the oven. I put them on a piece of aluminum foil to let them cool.
Makes about 3 ½ dozen.
This is a great way to enjoy both the flavor and aroma of rosemary.
Have a great day. Raining here today, so a good day to stay inside and bake. Be happy and may God bless you and yours.