April 25, 2011

Roses are Red, Rosemary Rules

Dear Pine Nut Rosemary Ginger Cookie,

I Just Love You...
I just love you because I do. I can't change it. Its not my choice. I wish I didn't, but that's how love is. I can't say a word about you. I have to forget about you. I wish you didn't make it so difficult for both. There are things I wish I could tell you. There are many things I need tell you, but I can't find the way. I can't find you. Your way of looking at life is different from mine. I can't change it. Its not my choice. I wish I didn't love you. I can't forget about you.

Can you see the little bitty hitchhiker that came in from the garden?  Don't worry, he was not included in the cookie!
Pine Nut Rosemary Ginger Cookies

3 1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted, plus more for topping cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 large egg
Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Finely chop rosemary in a food processor. Add pine nuts; pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer to a large bowl. Whisk in 2 cups flour, the baking soda, ginger, and salt; set aside.

Put butter and granulated sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in oil. Reduce speed to low. Mix in flour mixture. Add cream; mix until well combined, about 2 minutes. Mix in egg, then remaining 1/4 cup flour.

Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls, and space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with fingers, and top each with a pine nut. Sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, about 13 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on sheets on wire racks. Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 3 days.

I just can't quit you!

Source: marthastewart.com also thanks to Teenie Cakes for making them first and inspiring me to make them!

~ Enjoy!


  1. I like your little hitchhiker friend =)

    Your cookies turned out deliciously beautiful and I really like the thickness of how your cookies turned out. Cute message to the cookies and post =)

  2. Hi Dee! Your love letter was funny. LOL. I saw these on Teenie Cakes too. You are so quick making them already! Loos so delicious... I wish I don't have to bake them by myself because I don't know when I can get to eat them... Argh..

  3. Thank you Cristina and Nami! Nami, you can always send some to me if you decide to whip some up!

  4. What lovely cookies. This is my first visit to your blog and I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. Thank you, Mary! I'm glad you came by for a visit and stayed for awhile :) You're always welcome back to my table.

  6. Haha, while I was reading your letter I kept thinking "I wish I knew how to quit you!", and then you basically wrote that at the end of your post :) Cookies look great!

  7. Lol! I couldn't resist! Thanks Culinarication :)

  8. I have a huge rosemary bush growing outside my kitchen window because it's my favorite herb. I just love the way it smells and the flavor. I like the idea of these...

  9. Hi Jen! I currently have a belly ache from eating too many of these. Rosemary is my favorite herb too. I just planted it last week and was able to use it for the first time today for this lovely recipe.

  10. Oh Dee, these look dangerous! I love love love rosemary!

  11. Thanks Sarah! They are extremely dangerous!

  12. Love this post! And I can completely understand your feelings towards these cookies...they sounds incredible! Those flavors must be amazing together. Just planted some rosemary in my garden...maybe I can whip up a batch.

  13. Thanks Karen! I suggest you run out to your garden and whip some up right now ;)

  14. I should not have come to your site hungry!! Photo after photo (and amazing photos at that) of delicious stuff. My mouth is watering! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! Let me know if you get one for your dining room.

  15. Oh my what a lovely and interesting cookie... count me in!! Heavenly!

  16. @Hyphen Interiors, I know how you feel. I am always surfing foodie blogs when I am hungry. I don't know why I torture myself so! Thank you for visiting :)

    Thanks Lisa! They are extremely addicting!

  17. What interesting cookies these are. PS Congrats on the top 9!

  18. These are so clever! We put rosemary in raisin oatmeal cookies once and it was fantasticcc. Love this idea :)

  19. Oh, those look so yummy! I love using rosemary...I'll have to try this recipe.
    Just wanted to thank you again for the blog awards. I finally posted them on my site with a link back here to you. Keep up the great work! (your photos are delicious!)
    Here's the link for you to check it out:

  20. Thanks you, Lauren, how did you ever think of throwing rosemary into your cookies? I would have never thought of it until I saw it on Teenie Cakes blog. Now I will be throwing rosemary into everything ;)

    Thank you, Shelly :) Well deserved!


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