My family and friends are crying out for a recipe for my honey-basil cookies, so I'll share it today and give you another yummy recipe tomorrow. These cookies may sound a bit odd, but basil actually works well with some desserts. The recipe is from the Better Homes & Gardens 100 Best Cookies magazine that my Mom-in-law sent to me so it is American apparently. Oddly enough, they don't have the recipe posted on their website though, so I had to hunt it down and copy and paste it rather than take the time to type it all out. In the instructions, I have thrown in my own notes. This is a simple recipe, especially since we did it fairly well considering we don't have an electric mixer, hand crank beaters, or even a decent whisk. Our whisk is flimsy plastic and is basically good for mixing lemon juice into water. So here's possibly my new favorite cookie recipe. They are like sugar cookies but fancier!
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried, crumbled (we used dried)
2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel (we didn't have an orange so we zested a clementine...not simple to do considering they are easy to peel!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
Sugar to flatten
Preheat oven to 375F or 190C. Beat butter on high speed for 30 seconds. (or stir with a fork because you don't have an electric beater, and beat until your arm feels like it's about to fall off) Add 2/3 cup sugar. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, honey, basil, peel and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour (get help from husband who has stronger arms and take shifts mixing in the flour. Stir until your combined 4 arms feel like they will fall off). Shape dough into 1 to 1 1/2-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Dip the patterned bottom of a glass or cookie stamp into additional sugar. Flatten balls with glass or stamp to 1/4-inch thickness. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on sheets for 1 minute. Transfer to rack to cool completely. Makes 48 (depending on how much you don't care about worm risks and eat the cookie dough while baking, and how many cookies you eat to 'test' your batches).
They smell fantastic and taste even better! We still have some left but they are tempting fate by openly sitting in a bag on my bed...
On a more funny note, I found this photo on Pinterest last night and someone had labeled it as "People are so weird"
I started thinking though, are they all just a bunch of nerdy tourists trying to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa or is it the world's most unconventional group of flash mobbers performing Thriller in fanny packs?
Thoughts? Ideas? Recipes? Funny tourist photos you are willing to
be humiliated with share?