Photo: Dhanraj Emanuel; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
9 Hours 45 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 dozen

Bake 8 minutes for a soft and chewy cookie or up to 12 minutes for a crisp cookie.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Step 2

Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended after each addition.

Step 3

Shape dough into 4 logs (about 2 inches in diameter); wrap each log in plastic wrap. Chill 8 hours to 3 days.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks, and cool completely (about 20 minutes).

Step 5

Try These Stir-ins!

Step 6

Lime-Coconut: Stir in 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, 1 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts, and 2 Tbsp. lime zest after adding flour mixture.

Step 7

Chocolate Confetti: Stir in 1 cup chopped honey-roasted peanuts and 1 (4-oz.) semisweet chocolate baking bar, finely chopped, after adding flour mixture.

Step 8

Rosemary-Berry: Stir in 1 cup finely chopped sweetened dried cranberries, 2 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary, and 2 Tbsp. orange zest after adding flour mixture.

Step 9

Spiced Sweet Tea: Add 3 Tbsp. unsweetened instant tea mix, 2 Tbsp. orange zest, 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, and 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice with first 4 ingredients. Roll logs in Demerara sugar before chilling.

Step 10

Praline Pecan: Stir in 1 1/2 cups roasted glazed pecan pieces after adding flour mixture.

Step 11

Java Chip: Add 3 Tbsp. instant coffee granules with first 4 ingredients; stir in 4 (4-oz.) chocolate-covered toffee candy bars, finely chopped, after adding flour mixture.

Step 12

Lemon-Basil: Add 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil, 2 Tbsp. lemon zest, and 2 Tbsp. poppy seeds with first 4 ingredients.

Ratings & Reviews

JuliaMOMara's Review

January 25, 2013

portland's Review

December 23, 2012
made lemon-basil, good but the basil and poppy seed were overpowered by the lemon peel. unusual light green color. nice to keep in freezer to have on hand.

disanders's Review

October 03, 2012
These cookies were excellent, and very easy. They reminded me of old fashioned tea cakes. I baked them to the crisp stage. The recipe has been added to my favorites to bake and share.

PaulaSB's Review

August 01, 2012
Love, love, love these cookies! I've made the lemon basil and the ones I've named Orange Mary Berry several times. I bake them to the crispy stage. Everyone who's tasted either of them wanted the recipe. I can't wait to try some of the other variations.