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Snap in to a Lemon-Basil Snap

It's a little late in the season for basil — although I've still seen thriving bunches in the store — but when I saw this recipe for Lemon-Basil Snaps, I knew I had to share it with you. From the look of things, it seems to be a cross between a cookie and a savory biscuit. Call me crazy, but I think this is exactly the sort of recipe that would be worth giving around the holidays. Can you imagine the reaction you'll receive — assuming you can get your hands on some fresh basil — when you present someone with a basil cookie? If you're feeling adventurous give this recipe a try, just


Lemon-Basil Snaps
From Southern Living magazine, November 2005

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup minced fresh lemon basil leaves*
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup finely chopped pistachio nuts
3 tablespoons sugar

Makes 3 dozen

  1. 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.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  3. Combine nuts and 3 tablespoons sugar in a shallow bowl.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Diana172 Diana172 8 years
Basil leaves in lemonade? That actually sounds really good!
kaylinnn kaylinnn 8 years
hmmm... interesting..
Dragon Dragon 8 years
That sounds SO good. I always add basil leaves to my lemonade; sounds like the same thing in a cookie! :)
Diana172 Diana172 8 years
this sounds strange, I wonder if it's good..
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 8 years
Sounds good. And a nice change from all the super sweet stuff.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
We still have basil in our garden. Think I'll make these this weekend. Thanks Yum.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Yummy!!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
wow! sweet and savory sure do sound delicious. I know this cause I always like to do this with choc, chip cookies and popcorn. a cookie I will definitely make someday. :D
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