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Rosemary Lemon Shortbread Cookies

13 Oct

I came across this recipe in People Magazine. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes you can really get some good recipes from People Magazine.

Every once in a while, I try one out and see what happens.

This is a keeper!!!

It tastes so elegant and gourmet. I love how you can see the lemon and the rosemary in the dough.

All I had at the time were star cookie cutters (and xmas stuff but that wouldnt have been right!).

And apparently I didnt have many sprinkle options either 🙂

These cookies are SO good! They are a fabulous twist on plain sugar cookies or rollout cookies. Definitely recommend!!!

Rosemary Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tblsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tblsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour

Directions:

In a mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add zest, rosemary, egg, vanilla, and salt and mix for 1 minute. Scrape down bowl. At low speed, add flour and mix just until combined; do not overmix.

Roll dough out between two large sheets of parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Chill dough for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Roll dough out on clean surface and cut out using your favorite cookie cutter. Place onto baking sheet. Top with sprinkles and bake for 16-18 minutes or until edges are golden.

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Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

24 Jun

I found this recipe online while perusing foodgawker……it seemed easy and fresh and summery! You have GOT to try this. It was A HUGE hit. People didnt know what to make of it at first….and then they kept going back for more.

Finished Dip

Perfect to have as an app, sitting on the side of the pool.

Lemon Rosemary Dip next to Cowboy Caviar

I was able to use my own fresh grown rosemary. Food always tastes better when you grow some of it on your own 🙂

Action Shot by my Sisterinlaw, Pam

This dip is healthy and sophisticated. It would go well with tortilla chips or pita chips.

Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 can white beans, drained (can use cannelini or northern beans)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2-3 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Add the beans, garlic cloves, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. With the machine running, drizzle the olive oil into the bowl. Add in the rosemary and salt and pepper to taste, blend until combined. Add more olive oil if you want a smoother consistency. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Lemony Cream Butter Cake

4 Jun

I saw this cake online somewhere right before memorial day weekend…..and it sounded so good. I had been craving cheese danish lately and this seemed like cheese danish plus lemon – who wouldnt love that?

Ingredients

It seemed easy enough and chock FULL of lemon – both zest and extract! Look at this plate of zest!!!

Zestalicious

This cake would be excellent for a brunch or light dinner accompaniment. It’s so fresh and simple, but yet still elegant. I would garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Here is the filling and then the cake batter:

Filling

Cake batter

And the finished product – notice how you leave 1/2 inch or so around the border of the cake when pouring the filling:

Ready to bake

I totally goofed when I made this the first time. I made the entire cake and had it in the oven and then I saw that I had forgotten the melted butter in the batter!!!! How could I have done that? I had to scrap the entire cake, clean everything up, get out all the ingredients again, and run to Wawa for more cream cheese. What a mess.

Done!

Thank god it turned out amazing!

First piece….

Slice of goodness

Lemony Cream Butter Cake

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (heaping)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (which was about 1 lemon for me)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of two lemons

For the cream cheese filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease or spray a 9″ springform pan with vegetable spray.

Make the filling — In a large bowl or bowl of a standmixer, beat the cream cheese on medium-high to high speed for about 5 minutes, until smooth and creamy.

Add confectioners’ sugar and beat for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg and beat until completely combined, about 1 minute. Add butter, both extracts and lemon zest. Beat until completely combined, about 1 minute. Set aside.

Make the cake — In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk in melted butter, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla extract and lemon zest until combined. Do not overmix.

Pour batter evenly into springform pan. Carefully pour filling mixture evenly over the cake batter to within about 1/2 inch of the edge of the pan. (The filling should cover all but the outer 1/2 inch, at which point the cake batter will be visible.)

Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cake has puffed up and toothpick inserted near edge of cake comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully remove springform sides and allow to cool on rack for 1 hour. Transfer to refrigerator and chill completely before serving.

Serve chilled, with a little sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar.

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