Chilling the dough will help cookies hold their shape while baking. We don't recommend substituting dried basil in this recipe.
Southern Living NOVEMBER 2005
Beat butter at medium speed with electric mixer until fluffy; add 3/4 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg and next 3 ingredients, beating until blended.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Combine nuts and 3 tablespoons sugar in a shallow bowl.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in nut mixture, and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with hands or bottom of a glass.
Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
*Fresh sweet basil may be substituted.
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