Monday, July 23, 2012

Rosemary's Baby

Tea at the kid's table!

A dear friend recently shared this recipe with me and even gave me a log of it to take home, cut and bake.  I'm usually a chewy cookie kind of girl, but this little gem has just the right herbal citrus punch of flavor.  It would be perfect with a cup of tea or just to satisfy that sweet tooth at the end of a meal.  I hope you give them a try.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.

 Strawberry plate from Pier 1, last year.

2 cup flour
1/4 cup finely ground cornmeal
1/2 t. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup plus 1 heaping tablespoon sugar
1 heaping tablespoon grated tangerine or orange zest
1 tablespoon plus 1 /12 t. finely chopped rosemary
2 large egg  yolks at room temperature

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal and salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the the butter with the sugar on medium-high until incorporated, but not fluffy, for about 1 minute.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the dry ingredients.  With the mixer on low, mix just until combined.

Scrape the dough our onto a lightly floured surface, gather it into a ball and then cut the ball in half.  With floured hands, shape each half into a 12-inch long log.  Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or waxed paper and twist the ends.   Refrigerate for several hours, or until completely firm.  (You can also freeze the dough at this point, or freeze one log and bake the other.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two large baking sheets with parchment or silpats. 

Cut the log crosswise into 1/3-1/2-inch thick slices.  Place the cookies at least 1 inch apart on the sheets.  Bake until the edges are lightly golden, 15-17 minutes, rotating the sheets, halfway through the baking.

Let the cookies cool for several minutes on the baking sheets before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.  They will keep in an airtight container for at least 1 week.

MY TIP:  If your tea kettle has a lot of mineral deposits, add about 1/2 cup white vinegar and fill the rest up with water.  Bring to a boil and rinse out.  It should be sparkling clean!!

Strawberry mug from Pier 1, this year. 

I am sharing with:
Mix It Up Monday
On the Menu Monday
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday
Crazy Sweet Tuesday
Table Top Tuesday
Cowgirl Up
The Bunny Hop
Let's Dish!
Tips, Tutorials and Tidbits
Foodie Friday
Potpourri Friday
Weekend Potluck
Sweets for Saturday
Seasonal Sundays

The vase is a Susan Paley by Gantz.  Her name is "Jade" and she is one of my favorites to put flowers or herbs in.  She lives on my kitchen sink ledge and I fill her hat with seasonal flowers.  I bought her at a local gift shop years ago, but they're still available on ebay. 


  1. Your vase is so cute! The cookies sound good and different. Did chuckle at the thought of grating tangerine zest though, now that's some detailed work:@)

  2. Hi Kitty,
    Your vase is as cute as a button! The teacup and strawberry plate are cute too. Those cookies sound really nice and I may just give them a try. Thank you for sharing and coming by for tea. Thank you for your lovely comment as well.


  3. These cookies sound good. I love the strawberry cup and plate!Visiting from Sandi's party. Have a fantastic day!

  4. Hi Kitty, Love your vase and the strawberry plate. Your cookies look good too. Happy Tea Time Tuesday!

  5. Hi Kitty,
    Thank you so much for sharing your cookie recipe. I will be making them. I'm sure my grandkids will love them too! Have a great week.

  6. I always love your recipes! Fun strawberry plate, mug and love JADE! Happy Tea Day!

  7. Kitty, these do look delicious...hmmmm...corn meal and rosemary in a sweet cookie sounds very interesting.
    Jade is adorable. I am really funny about some things, like candles coming out the top of an angel head...or ceramic hands without a body...but flowers coming out of a HAT is another story. :) Adorable.

  8. What a sweet tea! Thanks for the visit and joining in the fun platter giveaway! Thanks to for becoming a follower! I'm following you too!

  9. Well isn't that an interesting combo? I love cookies! Your dishes are out of this world cute.

  10. Adorable tablescape Kitty and those cookies look out of this world! Have a great day!

  11. Your cookies sound delicious Kitty! I love them served up on that adorable strawberry plate :)

  12. How cute! This makes me smile, Kitty. I'll have one of those cookies, please. ;-)

  13. What a darling vase!!! These cookies sound right up my alley. I am making these this weekend. My son had to remove a rosemary plant from a client's yard so I have plenty to use up! thanks for your wonderful sharing of delightful recipes.. xo marlis

  14. This is such a cute tea table. I love the strawberries. The vase is wonderful!

  15. What cute strawberries and I love the cute little vase!!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe as well!!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  16. Rosemary's are SO funny!!! I was fully expecting to see a coven of witches sitting around a table having tea! :-) Cornmeal? In a cookie? Really??? This I'll have to try!

  17. Kitty, I wish we lived closer, I'd pop over all the time just to share a cuppa tea or coffee and you always have a goodie. I love that little statute. And the strawberry plate and mug are so cute. xo

  18. Jade is a fun girl. The cookies sound delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Cherry Kay

  19. What a cute vase and I love the idea of using herbs in her!!

  20. What a cheerful little tea setting! I hope to try that recipe.
    Thanks! Ruthie from:

  21. I am so intrigued by your recipe! Cornmeal and rosemary? Gotta try it! Thanks, and your strawberry mug and plate (and Jade!) are just too cute!

  22. Love your strawberry plate and mug! Those cookies do sound amazing -- and how thoughtful of your friend to send you home with a log of the dough, ready to slice and bake!

  23. Kitty,
    I just love your vase and your Cookie Recipe. I will have to make these cookies with the abundant supply of Rosemary that I have. This is a very inviting tea presentation. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  24. Love your strawberry plate and mug! Cookies sound good!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish.

  25. I love orange rosemary anything -- cookies, shortbread, scones, madeleines, cakes. And I simply adored the title of your post! Makes me want to go bake some cookies!

  26. Oh, those cookies sound so is my favorite flavor, even more so than chocolate!

  27. What a sweet vase to look at on your kitchenn sill! I don't know how I missed this post but it's been a little busy here. I just printed out the recipe to make this weekend. I have a nice pot of rosemary ready to be harvested.

  28. The cookies look wonderful on your strawberry plate. Such a pretty setting for a sweet treat.

  29. These look sooooo good. Love the plate too. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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