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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Lemon Frosted Rosemary Holiday Sugar Cookies

 Rosemary adds a unique flavor to sugar cookies

        I received product from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas in exchange for this content.

   I think my favorite part of Christmas is cookie exchanges. Not only do I get to have fun making cookies but I get to trade them for lots of other cookies. Christmas is the one time that I spend all day making cookies as they are my favorite food. I think if I had to choose one cookie to be my favorite, it would be frosted sugar cookies. There is just something about a sugar cookie with frosting on them. The ones that I really love are the ones in unique shapes and decorated with many colors. A butterfly-shaped cookie just tastes so much better when it looks so pretty. Since I don't have the talent or patience to decorate cookies, I buy those at the bakery. So my talent may not be in how the cookie looks but I do a great job with how the cookies taste. When I make cookies I like to make unique flavors for the cookie exchange that I attend and the one cookie that always gets the most attention in my Lemon Frosted Rosemary Holiday Sugar Cookies. People are always surprised at how good they taste as they would have never thought to add rosemary to a sugar cookie. Another secret ingredient that I use in cookies is black pepper. Black pepper adds a wonderful taste to gingerbread cookies.  Spices sure do add great flavor to other cookies, last year I made Holiday Cinnamon Spiced Sugar Cookies with pumpkin pie spice and my family loved them.



So many cookies so little time to bake


 When I bake cookies there are a couple of ingredients that I always use and I will not compromise on them. I always use real butter as you can really taste the difference in cookies when they were made with margarine. Also, cookies made with real butter just cook better. They tend to not burn. Using silicone baking mats also helps cookies to not burn. Another ingredient that I always use when making cookies is pure vanilla extract. The flavor of vanilla made from real vanilla beans is so much better than that imitation vanilla that is made from chemicals or something else. If you want the taste of vanilla you have to use real vanilla beans. The vanilla that I am loving in all my baking is Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. This Vanilla extract uses a unique proprietary slow, cold extraction process to gently draw out and preserve more than 300 delicate flavor compounds to give you the richest tasting vanilla.



 Other real extract flavors that I keep on hand for holiday baking are pure peppermint extract and pure almond extract. Pure peppermint is great in peppermint mocha coffee drinks and candy cane bark. I will use pure almond extract in cakes and shortbread cookies. Nielsen-Massey makes the best flavor extracts as they use pure ingredients. I like when they bundle their flavor extracts for the holidays as it makes it so easy to have the flavors on hand that I will be using. If you will be doing baking for the holidays the Nielsen-Massey Holiday Flavors Bundle is a must-have product.


Lemon Frosted Rosemary Holiday Sugar Cookies

Makes about 36 sandwich cookies
      
Ingredients
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 container white frosting
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs

In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and 1/4 cup lemon juice until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Then combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and rosemary in a separate bowl. Gradually mix in the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or longer.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. On a lightly floured board, roll out 1/4 of the cookie dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using a cup dipped into flour or a round cookie cutter cut, cut out circles and place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes or until edges brown. Let cookies cool for 2 minutes and transfer to a plate to cool completely. Repeat with the rest of the cookie dough.

Once cookies are cooled, stir the remaining lemon juice into the container of frosting. Spread frosting on one cookie and then top with another cookie to make a sandwich.


Check out some other cookie recipes that would be great for the holidays.






18 comments:

  1. I just love baking and eating cookies - especially at this time of year! I will definitely give your recipe a try this week :)

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  2. I love your “hacks” of rosemary and black pepper!!! I am very similar- that I like to make something that is different and unique! -Kristen

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  3. This seems like a good recipe for Santa cookies! I may have to try this recipe before then haha. Thanks for recipe

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  4. i love cookies ! thanks for an additional recipe to try over the holidays

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  5. What a great flavor! I need to make these for sure. I don't think I've ever tried cookies like this before.

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  6. Lemon sugar cookies are absolutely amazing! This seems like a pretty easy recipe to follow. I'll add this to my christmas baking routine for sure! I bake more in December than I do all year!

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  7. I have never used rosemary in baking but what a great idea! Those cookies look absolutely fantastic!

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  8. I love cookies! Baking them is so relaxing. I really enjoy the smell of fresh cookies in the oven. I would definitely try this recipe.

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybau.com

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  9. This looks like such a yummy yet simple recipe! I put rosemary in everything! Can't wait to try!

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  10. I love anything cookies or cake with lemon so worth it! The rosemary definitely has me startled. Looking forward to trying this over the holidays.

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  11. Mmmm these looks delish! I'm going to try this recipe with my girls :) Thank you for sharing.

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  12. These cookies look so delicious! I can’t wait to try them out, thanks.

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  13. I would love to try your lemon shortbread and sugar cookies. And the extract looks like something to try as it can make a huge difference in baking. Keshia Richmond

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  14. We love cookies! The idea of rosemary in it is new for us but pretty interesting.

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  15. I love to eat cookies and there are many in different shapes that I should have to try to make. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I used to eat a lot of sugar biscuits and I loved them! That just tells me how these sugar cookies are even yummier...So crunchy!

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  17. Silicon baking mat is the secret tool. I never know about it. Thank you for introducing to me.

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  18. I prefer using natural extracts to essence any day in my baking. Will keep a look out for Nielsen-Massey extracts.

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