By Kelly Bogard
How many of you have a Junior League cookbook from somewhere in the world? I have about two dozen from different places–Amarillo, Denver, New Orleans and Tyler, just to name a few. There is just something about the recipes in Junior League cookbooks–the attention to detail, the time-honored traditions, the beautiful photos. These ladies know what they’re doing!
My favorite Junior League cookbook is from my hometown. The Simply Serving cookbook, compiled by the Junior League of Waco, is an amazing cookbook. One of the best cookie recipes comes from this book and, with their permission, I’ll share it with you today. Rosemary Cookies are a savory addition to an otherwise ordinary sugar cookie. Don’t get me wrong. Sugar cookies are really good, but when you add rosemary to the mix, it takes them to a whole new level.
For Rosemary Cookies, you will need…
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup shortening
1 ½ cups sugar, plus some for finishing
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
Rosemary is a hearty plant, and it holds up well in the Texas heat. In fact, I have two bushes in my front yard, and I have plenty to share if you need some. Before you get started, make sure your oven is preheated to 400 degrees F.
Now it’s time to “smush” them. Grab a drinking glass, dip the bottom of the glass in the bowl of cookie dough to moisten and then into a plate of sugar. Press the glass on top of each cookie ball to flatten.
This cookie has a unique flavor that will have everyone coming back for more. Thanks again to the ladies of the Junior League of Waco for allowing me to share this recipe and for all you do for our community. I am so proud to be a part of such a worthwhile and generous organization.
From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!
Recipe: Rosemary Cookies
Summary: Savory, light cookie that’s great for summer
Prep time (duration): 30 minutes
Cooking time (duration): 8 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 3 dozen cookies
Recipe courtesy of Junior League of Waco, Inc.; Simply Serving, Recipes from the Heart of Texas; Copyright 2005