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Friday, January 1, 2021

Olive Oil Herb Shortbread Cookies

 



For all intents and purposes, these aren't really "cookies", but "biscuits," as in they have a lovely crunch and are excellent with coffee or tea. I ended up liking them better as dunkers than I did eating them straight. In the spirit of making things easier for everyone, I've decided to post this recipe in *gasp* VOLUME instead of weight! 

This will - hopefully - be the easiest ever cookie recipe I post. Fingers crossed? Oh well, onward. 

This could not be easier to make, but it does require a mortar and pestle to replicate it exactly as I have. If you don't have one, you can muddle the sugar with the herbs using the back of a spoon. 

Olive Oil Herb Shortbread Cookies

  • 3/4 c good olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Fresh oregano and thyme from the garden, as much as you like
    • I used oregano and thyme because these hard herbs are the ones I had available. You may use any that are growing in your window box! I used two sprigs of each, with leaves stripped for my cookies
  • 1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c coarse ground cornmeal**
    • This is if you want a crunchy cookie! If you'd like something a little more tender, I suggest tapioca flour, potato starch, or even cornstarch!
  • A fat pinch of salt
Muddle the herbs with the granulated sugar and salt using a mortar and pestle until the sugar turns a gorgeous bright green. I have fresh herbs in my garden because I mulch the ever-living bejeezus out of the perrenial herbs. Use what you have, as always, so long as you want to taste it in a cookie.

Mix the sugars together with the olive oil with a whisk until well-combined, then add the egg. Whisk until wholly combined and switch to a wooden spoon or spatula. Simply add the dry ingredients, a little at a time, until you get a tasty dough. Wrap tight or cover, and then chill for an hour!




To bake, simply heat the oven to 325, cut into your desired shapes, and bake for 10 minutes. They'll get hard as they cool, I promise you! You can have them plain or ice them with a simple buttercream or glaze. The glaze pictured above was simply a little powdered sugar mixed with some aronia berry cordial. Yum!

Let's just keep it simple in 2021, shall we?

Happy cooking and happy eating. 

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