Basil-Pecan Sandies

Recipe from

Southern Living


5 fresh cinnamon basil leaves*
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Process basil and sugar in a blender or food processor until basil is minced.

Melt butter in a large saucepan; add basil mixture, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in chopped pecans and vanilla; remove from heat.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls onto ungreased baking sheets; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of a large glass.

Bake cookies at 300° for 40 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.

*Regular basil may be substituted; increase ground cinnamon to 1 teaspoon.