Ok, ok. I know my blog is called ” The BakeCakery” and that there hasn’t been a whole lotta caking going on lately.  I will remedy that sometime soon, but I assure you that there has been plenty of baking.   I want to share 2 amazing cookie recipes with you. They start with the same basic dough, both contain fruit & herbs (stick with me here…) and the end result is two incredibly unique, insanely tasty cookies.  In fact, my sweet cookie-loving husband said these were “better than chocolate chip” – Now that’s love!

Basic Dough

1 stick butter, softened
¾ c. confectioners sugar
½ c. brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder

Cream together the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix until just incorporated.  Form a ball from the dough and cut it in half.

Sage, Apricot, Cornmeal Thumbprints

makes 20 cookies

½ basic dough recipe
1/3 c. corn meal
½ tsp. dried sage
½ tsp. lemon zest, chopped fine
¾ c. apricot preserves
20 small sage leaves

Add the corn meal, dried sage and lemon zest to the dough and mix until distributed.  Form cookies into 1 in balls and press flat with your thumb.  Place a sage leave on top of each indention and cover with a tablespoon of apricot preserves.  Bake at 350 for 11-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Cranberry & Rosemary Cookies

makes 20 cookies

1/2 basic dough recipe
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, grated
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1 1/2 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2o rosemary sprigs, for garnish

Add nutmeg, cranberries and chopped rosemary to the other 1/2 of the dough.  Mix until distributed.  Form into 1 in. balls and press lightly. Top each cookie with a rosemary sprig. Bake at 350 for 14-15 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

I’m not sure I can really describe the taste of these. They are unlike any cookies I’ve ever had, and I’ve tried a lot of cookies.  The sage one has an extra crunch from the cornmeal, but the caramelized jam also gives it a chewy, sticky quality.  The rosemary ones look like and have the texture of a chocolate chip cookie but they taste like winter!  Here are some photos Jas took as they were coming out of the oven: