Lemon-Basil Cookies

Southern Living
Makes 6 1/2 dozen


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1 cup fresh lemon basil leaves*
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1 pound butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 large egg
6 cups all-purpose flour


Process basil and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor until blended.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add lemon juice and egg, beating until blended. Gradually add flour and basil mixture, beating until blended.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Flatten balls slightly with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.

Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

*Regular Italian ('Genovese') basil may be substituted for lemon basil.

Created date

April 2004