This weekend, I baked for Squeaky’s daycare bake sale. This was the first time using my apartment oven to bake so I really had to pay attention. But I guess I didn’t pay enough attention because I kind of burned the first thing I made…orange almond biscotti. I felt bad so I made something else and burned that a bit as well! Oops.
Actually, even a little over-done, these rosemary butter cookies from Martha Stewart were very yummy. Mine weren’t as pretty as this picture but that didn’t matter because they were delicious. The rosemary adds a surprisingly nice flavor and that lovely rosemary and cookie smell hung around the apartment all afternoon.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg white, beaten
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 cup fine sanding sugar
1. Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in whole egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, rosemary, and salt, and mix until combined.
2. Halve dough; shape each half into a log. Place each log on a 12-by-16-inch sheet of parchment. Roll in parchment to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log. Transfer to paper-towel tubes to hold shape, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 375. Brush each log with egg white; roll in sanding sugar. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
My oven baked these babies up in about 15 minutes. I didn’t buy special sanding sugar but I think that would have given it a really nice crunch and probably would have made them look prettier. I was glad I had time to freeze the dough into shape because I hadn’t read ahead and almost panicked when I had to wait an hour for it to harden in the freezer. But I got it all done in time for the bake sale…maybe just a teeny tiny bit burnt. If anyone complains, I’ve enlisted Squeaky to deal with them…