Rosemary Blue Cheese Ice Box CookiesThese Rosemary Blue Cheese Cookies could be the hit of your holiday season. They’re great with cocktails!




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December 2008

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Recipes: Butter Cookies

Page 4: Cookie Recipes With Savory Spices


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Fennel Pistachio Cookies

Butter makes this simple drop cookie soft and rich, while pistachios give it a nice crunch. Lemon rind and fennel seeds provide a citrusy-anise flavor. This recipe will be a hit with sophisticated palates.

Yields 3 dozen cookies.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto or
    almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup pistachio nuts, chopped,
    plus extra for garnish (optional)


Fennel Pistachio Cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar; mix well. Add egg; beat well. Add amaretto, lemon zest and fennel seeds; mix to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture; beat well. Stir in pistachio nuts (dough will be stiff).
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. If desired, flatten balls slightly and sprinkle with additional chopped pistachios. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to cooling racks and cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.


Rosemary Blue Cheese Ice Box Cookies

This savory, shortbread-like cookie, infused with blue cheese and fresh rosemary leaves, is a knockout. Serve with a full-bodied red wine or with cocktails in general (we love them with a Blood Mary. These savory cookies will have people talking through the new year.

Yields 4 dozen cookies.


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces blue cheese,*
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, finely
  • 1-1/2 cups nuts (pecans or
    walnuts), chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh
    rosemary, leaves only
  • White or natural sanding
    (coarse) sugar
Rosemary Blue Cheese Ice Box Cookies

*Domestic blue cheese gives cookies a clean flavor, color and texture. Use less flour with a Stilton-style cheese and more flour with a French-style Roquefort.


  1. Whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt in a bowl; set aside. Cream together blue cheese and butter with an electric mixer. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add flour mixture to butter and cheese mixture; beat to combine. Add cranberries and mix on low just until evenly dispersed.
  3. Divide the dough into two pieces and use parchment paper or plastic wrap to form the dough into two 1-1/2-inch diameter round or square logs. Set out two fresh pieces of plastic wrap and sprinkle the chopped nuts evenly over both. Roll the logs of dough in nuts until covered. Tightly wrap and seal the logs; refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours).
  4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Working with one log at a time, unwrap and slice logs into 1/4-inch discs. Place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Gently press about 3 small rosemary leaves on each cookie. Sprinkle each cookie with sanding sugar.
  5. Bake on a middle rack until bottoms begin to brown and tops just begin to turn from pale to golden; 12 to 18 minutes. Cool on sheets 1 to 2 minutes before removing cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


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