Basil Butter Cookies

Basil Butter Cookies

I love basil so much I once owned a cat named Basil. I make pesto and use basil in almost every tomato dish I make.

This time of year, I am also freezing and drying basil, so I will have it year round.

You don’t always have to use basil in savory dishes. Its flavor actually compliments sweet dishes, too.

I used fresh basil in these butter cookies and the flavor is wonderful. You could use dried basil, too. Just decrease the amount to 1 tablespoon of dried basil. Chop the fresh basil finely, just before adding it to the dough.

To add a little extra pop of flavor, I finished the cookies with a lemon glaze.

Here is the recipe. I hope you like it.

Basil Butter Cookies with Lemon Glaze

1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
2 ¼ c. flour
3 T. fresh basil, chopped fine
1 t. baking powder
¼ t. salt
2 c. powdered sugar
2-3 T. lemon juice- or enough to make a thin glaze.

Beat sugar and butter together until fluffy and then beat in egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and stir into butter mixture. Chill dough at least a couple of hours. Roll dough into ¾-1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375 –degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will flatten somewhat. Make glaze and dip the top of the cooled cookies in the glaze. Glaze will harden a little as the cookies set. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

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