Basil-Pecan Sandies

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  • 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


  1. Process basil and sugar in a blender or food processor until basil is minced.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan; add basil mixture, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in chopped pecans and vanilla; remove from heat.
  3. Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls onto ungreased baking sheets; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of a large glass.
  4. Bake cookies at 300° for 40 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  5. *Regular basil may be substituted; increase ground cinnamon to 1 teaspoon.
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