I’m all about fresh herbs in the summer months. It’s great to step out on my porch, pick some basil and then make delicious things like these Lime-Basil Cookies. Not the traditional way to use basil, but I’ve never been much of a traditional person either. And lucky for me, these non-traditional pairings of ingredients are one of the hottest food trends currently (so says the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade), which means there are a lot of people exploring some crazy ingredient combinations!
I found this recipe on Big Fat Baker, and she actually adapted it from Chasing Delicious. Isn’t it amazing how we share all these wonderful recipes with people we will never meet or know? I love it. So I actually tweaked the recipe from Big Fat Baker a bit (because I am physically unable to follow a recipe exactly–I’m so rebellious). I cut back on the salt, added a little lime juice, and only added 2 Tbsp. of basil. But if you check out these other two bloggers and their recipes, you can choose which one fits you best, or be a rebel and change it up! I’d love to hear if you make any alterations to the recipe, so please leave a comment!
And P.S.: The lime flavor is more predominant in these cookies, which is why I chose to change the recipe title!
[recipe title=”Lime-Basil Cookies” “makes=24 cookies”]
Recipe adapted from: Big Fat Baker
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Zest of 1 lime
1/2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp very finely chopped fresh basil
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicon baking mat.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Mix until creamy.
3. Add egg, vanilla, lime zest, lime juice, and basil to sugar mixture. Mix well.
4. Add flour, baking soda, and salt to wet mixture and mix until incorporated.
5. Using 1 Tbsp of cookie dough, shape into balls and place on baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
6. Bake approximately 10-12 minutes, then place cookies on cooling rack. Makes approximately 24 cookies.