We had a few days (well, like one and a half days) of sun and (slightly) warmer weather last week, and that little taste of Spring was enough to make me want to whip up a batch of these lovely delicate cookies. I love using savory herbs in desserts– they taste fresh and light, a nice change of pace from the sometimes heavy flavors of cream and chocolate and caramel. This recipe is my mother’s, and it’s super fuss-free: just combine all the ingredients in an electric mixer and you’re on your way to tender, delicately-scented cookies, perfect for warmer, breezy days. That I’m sure are coming. Any minute now. (Go away, cold.)
½ c. (1 stick, 1/4 pound) unsalted butter, room temperature
½ c. vegetable oil
½ c. granulated sugar
½ c. confectioner’s sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. cream of tartar
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves, chopped (or 1 tsp. dry)
Extra granulated sugar, for finishing.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except rosemary in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on medium speed until well-combined, about two minutes. Add rosemary and mix in gently until just combined.
Roll the dough into small balls (the cookies puff and spread quite a bit during baking, so you should probably use less dough than you think you should, and also yes, I learned the hard way) and place on ungreased cookie sheet, leaving at least two inches of space between each cookie. Dip the bottom of a small juice glass into granulated sugar and use it to gently flatten each cookie, re-dipping before each new cookie. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Rotate the cookie sheets 180 degrees and bake for an additional 4-6 minutes until cookies are just golden brown and firm.
Makes 4-6 dozen depending on size.
For our lingerie pairing, I need to draw your attention to all the fun things going on in Kiss Me Deadly’s hosiery section. I’m prepping for a photoshoot next month and have been driven to distraction by how sad the stockings selection is in New York. I’d wanted to source my wardrobe entirely from local retailers, but between an unusual bra size and an insistence on fun hosiery, that dream died pretty quickly. Fortunately the UK is the land of super-fun lingerie and stockings, and Kiss Me Deadly has just unveiled some fabulous new items. These sassy green seamed stockings are also available as opaques, and they come in a fantastic range of colors (dyed to match your Kiss Me Deadly lingerie, naturally).