Cookiefest / Basil Lemon Sugar Cookies

At our house we have an annual tradition called “Cookiefest”. It evolved from roommates in college baking cookies at the holidays to the now more experimental baking free for all with that same small group of friends.

In the spirit of adventure, I tried my hand at a few renegade recipes:

* Sweet Potato Cookies
* Basil Lemon Sugar Cookies
(see recipes below)

Ben made the delicious (and very pretty!) Chocolate Oatmeal Lace Cookies from this month’s Gourmet magazine.

For the sweet potato cookies, I followed this recipe. Topped with sugar & cinnamon, they were yummy. For the basil lemon sugar cookies I made modifications to my Great Grandmother’s decadent sugar cookie recipe.

Basil Lemon Sugar Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp basil
lemon zest
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Measure sugars, butter and oil into bowl and mix. Add eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and mix. Add sifted dry ingredients, basil and lemon zest, blend. Chill 1/2 hour. Form teaspoon size balls and flatted with a greased glass, bottom dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or so.

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  1. mimi says

    the basil lemon cookies look delicious. i would like a strong basil flavor. would it be safe to add more than 2 tbsp of fresh basil? Thanks and I’ll let you know how they go!

  2. mimi says

    How many cookies did you make w/ this recipe? I am definitely going to try them out this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. mimi says

    I made the cookies this weekend and I think I used about 5 Tb of fresh basil and it still wasn’t basil-y enough to be considered a basil cookie, but they were still delicious. You could smell the basil fresh out of the oven, but the taste wasn’t strong. But there were definitely no complaints. I was able to make about 6 dozen w/ this recipe. The only other change I made was that I decreased the amt of oil to about 3/4 c. Thanks again for the recipe!

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