04 May 2010

{sweet treat tuesday: rosemary cookies}

As with most things, I love the idea of baking.  I love it much more than cooking, but I married a man that prefers savory over sweet. (WHAT?!) Mister kindly eats all my creations, but no need to compromise because I found a perfect treat that works for the both of us!  Not too sweet and not too savory: Rosemary cookies. 

Don't be afraid of rosemary while baking!! It's a fun change and would be absolutely belle chic to serve with an afternoon of ladies....

Here's what you do:

2 Tbsp butter, softened
4 Tbsp sugar
grated rind of 1 lemon
4 Tbsb lemon juice
1 egg, separated
2 tsp rosemary, finely chopped
1 3/4 C all-pupose flour, sifted
superfine sugar, for sprinkling - optional (I used raw sugar)

1) Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
2) In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
3) Add the lemon rind and juice, then the egg yolk, and beat until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.  Stir the chopped fresh rosemary.
4) Add the sifted flour mixing well until a soft dough is formed.  Wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

{I LOVE how pretty the dough looks with the rosemary and lemon zest peaking through!!!}

5) On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough thinly and stamp out about 25 cookies with a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter.  Arrange the dough on the prepared cookie sheets.

{I used a pretty cookie cutter to create the scallopped edges...}

6) In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg white over the surface of each cookie, then sprinkle with a little sugar, if desired.
7) bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
8) Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely before serving.

{Simply arranged on my beautiful French plate....they're ready for serving!}

Not only are they perfect....because of the chic ingrediants and taste; they are perfect because they are totally european in style! And trust me, any time I can pretend to be from Europe, I do. {For proof see HERE and HERE.}
A typical household staple in Europe (at least in the past) were small butter cookies or other such 'harder' cookies (often found in a tin). When I lived in France, it was common to take one's afternoon tea with a little cookie - one that wasn't too sweet, but perfectly satisfied and easily complimented a hot drink.

Impress your friends, family and even yourself with these super fast, easy and yummy treats, that are a perfect compliment to afternoon tea!

Happy kitchen times...

P.S. Mister hasn't stopped eating these up!!! 

{recipe - cookshelf baking, Emma Patmore; photos - my own}


Elizabeth said...

"any time I can pretend to be from Europe, I do"

Me too :)

Julia said...

These sound amazing! I'm so impressed with your adventurous spirit :) They look delicious!

PureModLife said...

ok, those look so delish & i love the ingredients, i will def need to bake these. xo

Amanda said...

those are pretty cookies! just found your blog and it's lovley!

Couture Carrie said...

Yummy post, darling!
Such beautiful little cookies!


Ces't La Vie said...

oooh these sound so good. i bet they are!
how original! vie said...

PML - I'm also working on a version that will eliminate the 4 tbl of refined sugar - but instead substitue with organic/natural sweetener. xx,

Kathleen said...

They are a work of art, so delicate and pretty. They would be a nice addition to great company!

simplygrove said...

How yummy do these look Tal!! Your amazing:)

Willow said...

Looks delicious!! I also love lavender cookies. Have you tried them? Curious...what is organic/natural sweetener? L and M my dear Naphtali!!!

Laura in Paris said...

I just bought a rosemary plant that I placed on my deck and I am going to make everything rosemary this month! THank you for the recipe. vie said...

W - For alternative sweeteners, I love using brown rice syrup,agave, maple sugar or even honey. I also have a wheat free/gluten free all-purpose flour that I've learned to mix (though didn't use in the above recipe.)

And yes - I LOVE using lavender (I'm "French" after all.) :) No but seriously, I've been working on a lavender frosting that I plan on posting at some point. So...if you like lavender, stay tuned and I'll supply some fun recipes! xx, L+M you!

Kathleen said...

Oh yum... I love anything with rosemary. I'll have to try these out.

bronwyn said...

Oh these look delicious!


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