"Spruced-up" Sugar Cookies

Both of us love to cook, but neither is particularly fond of baking, as is true for a lot of people. For holiday goodies, we tend toward candy making - rum balls, peanut butter buckeyes, brittles and barks, stuff that like. However, we do make cookies throughout the year as well as during the holidays. Everyone loves a good cookie! This particular "recipe" (if we can call it that) is easy, quick and unique. It makes a lot of cookies, which is great if you're sharing. These cookies are very popular among our friends and relatives (who will be surprised when they read this at what cheaters we are). Finally, we get to use our very own home-grown rosemary (yes, these are savory and sweet) in this recipe, which adds that holiday "spruced-up" flavor.

1 tube store-bought sugar cookie dough (Pillsbury makes a good one)
zest of one lemon, chopped finely (about 1 teaspoon worth)
a large sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves removed and chopped finely (about 2 teaspoons' worth)
juice of 1/2 lemon

In a large bowl, mix with your hands all the above ingredients well. Sprinkle both the dough and your surface for rolling out the dough with flour. Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thick. Using a cookie cutter (shape of your choice), cut into shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes until edges are brown. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.


Anonymous said...

Great idea to add the herbs to the cookies, love it!

Unknown said...

I'm really intrigued by the idea of adding herbs to cookies. I'll have to try it sometime. (And hey - nothing wrong with "cheating" a little in my book if you end up making it your own!)

Viviane Bauquet Farre / Food and Style said...

Oh my... Two of my favorite ingredients in this little cookie - delicious indeed!

The Duo Dishes said...

Thyme works well too. Herbs have a great way of lifting any recipe!

Robin, David, Simon and Leo said...

I hate to cook (isn't that what husbands are for???), but love to bake. And, we're always looking for ways to use our rosemary. Your cookies are a great idea for a rosemary baking project. Thanks, and Happy Christmas! Robin

Tsz said...

Perfect way to use my rosemary bush in the backyard!