Sweet Basil Cookies

Servings: 3 dozen cookies

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Served with a warm or cool cup of green tea infused with mint, these cookies are a delicious afternoon respite in the garden or at the beach.



3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
1 egg
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
3/4 cup sweet basil leaves
1/4 cup lemon basil leaves
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

Sweet Basil Cookies recipe 


At medium speed of electric mixer, beat the butter until fluffy; add 3/4 cup of the sugar, beating well. Add the egg, orange rind, orange juice, and basil leaves.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to the butter mixture, beating until blended to form a dough. Cover and chill the mix for 1 hour.

Combine the nuts with the remaining sugar.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the dough from the fridge and shape into 1-inch balls; roll each one in the nut mixture; place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet coated with Teflon™ non-stick. Flatten slightly with your hands. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.