We have a marvelous farmer’s market here but unfortunately the prices are higher than we can afford most of the time so it is a real treat to go. On one such occasion the werewolves spotted a booth giving out samples and rushed in en mass with jowls dripping slobber and paws outstretched. Werewolves love samples! They did manage to growl thanks around the proffered cookies though so I guess give me a little credit. One of the cookies offered was rosemary shortbread and we were soon whined into submission and bought a container. I vowed to try and make my own. This is a modified recipe that I found on allrecipies.com which is an excellent site to visit if you need to know how to make something that I haven’t done yet. Feel free to ask me to make it though! You will need:
1 cup unsalted butter
¾ cup sugar plus more for sprinkling
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons water
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
First a superfast lesson in chopping rosemary: Strip the leaves off of the stem by holding one in and pulling down in the opposite direction. Place in a pile and start chopping by moving the knife from side to side. If the pile gets too spread out then scrape it back into a mound and chop some more. Easy.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. The dough will be slightly crumbly so don’t get worried. Place on a piece on plastic wrap and form into a log shape taking care that it is even in size throughout the entire length.
Wrap it up and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Remove from the wrap and preheat the oven to 350°. Sprinkle a pile of sugar on a cutting board and roll your dough in the sugar until the log is coated.
Slice into thin cookies of about ½ inch then place on baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to cool.
My husband finds these very addictive and Goog, the middle werewolf, thinks they are lovely with tea! See, that kid is strangely civilized for a 5-yr-old! Enjoy!
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