01 April 2013

April Fool's Cookies

Cookies with flecks of thyme and lemon zest.

Wait a minute - thyme, black pepper and olive oil in a cookie? Yes, and it's not an April Fool's joke, just a yummy treat.

Lemon Thyme Olive Oil Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
½ tsp baking soda
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves [I just strip them off the stems and use whole leaves]
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons milk
1 large lemon, zested and juiced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.

Put the flour, sugar, baking soda, pepper, and thyme into a bowl and mix together to combine. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest.  Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until you form a nice smooth dough. [Note: I throw everything into the electric mixer with regular attachment.]

Roll heaping teaspoons of the dough into balls. Place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies about 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are browned around the edges. [I find they need the full 15 minutes.]

Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 36 cookies

Source: George Duran on foodnetwork.com