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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday Tip

Share some sweet basil with friends. For many, our summer gardens especially those in containers, are fading fast.
Lemon-Basil Butter Cookies-bet you can't eat just one!

Why not give the gift of herbs in the form of a cookie? This is a super easy receipe and has just 6 ingredients, that you likely already have on hand. Place a bunch in a pretty bag and drop them off to friends and neighbors. Don't worry, this receipe yields dozens, so you'll have plenty of leftovers to put in your freezer!
Wish I could send a bag of these to all my blog friends and readers!

Lemon-Basil Butter Cookies
Southern Living May 2001

1 cup fresh lemon-basil leaves*
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1 pound of butter
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 large egg
6 cups all-purpose flour

Process basil and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor (I use my mini-chop) until blended.
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add lemon juice and egg, beating until blended.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Yield 6 1/2 dozen
*Plain fresh basil leaves may be substituted for lemon-basil leaves (I use regular)



  1. These sound yummy, thanks for the recipe!


  2. Hello Rebecca

    What a unique blend of basil and lemon. I am sure it is delicious

    Helen x

  3. Hmmm...have never seen them! Look mighty interesting!!

  4. I make a lavender
    shortbread that is
    very similar to this
    cookie.....It is always
    well received and I
    bet these are, too!
    Thanks for sharing.

    xo Suzanne

  5. These sound soooo good. I love anything with lemon and I am printing out the recipe as I type this. Thanks!

  6. Hey I have lemon basil so I'm going to have to try these out. Who doesn't love a good cookie? Thanks for the recipe!


  7. These look amazing! Trying these for sure.

  8. Looks yummy to eat and the packaging is so sweet. Whoever receives these will really feel special :)


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