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Lemon Verbena and Pineapple Cocktail Cookies

August  5, 2013
0 Ratings
  • Makes about 44 cookies
Author Notes

A while ago Food & Wine published a wonderful recipe for Apricot-Tarragon Cookies, by Dorie Greenspan (http://www.foodandwine...). It made me think of all other possible combinations of dried fruits and herbs. Our all time favorite is fig and rosemary (, and our summer staple is the pairing of lemon verbena, pineapple and ginger. The cookies are yummy straight out of the oven, even yummier when they cool down, and the yummiest if you wait for a day. —QueenSashy

What You'll Need
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup candied pineapple, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped lemon verbena (or lemon thyme)
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Rub the verbena into the sugar.
  2. In a mixer fitted with paddle, beat the butter with the verbena sugar until creamy. Beat in the egg yolk. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and beat until smooth. Add the salt, ginger and flour and beat until the dough forms. Dust the pineapple with flour to prevent it from sticking, and using a large spatula fold the pineapple into the dough.
  3. Place the dough onto a work surface and knead until it comes together. Press the dough into a disk and refrigerate for about 1-2 hours, until firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325° convection bake (350° regular bake).
  5. Place the dough on the parchment paper or work surface dusted with flour and roll it out to a 1/4-inch-thick round. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, stamp out the cookies and arrange them one inch apart on the baking sheets. 6. Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes until they are lightly golden. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack or flat surface to cool completely.
  6. The cookies are at their best if you let them rest for a day in an airtight container.

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Aleksandra aka QueenSashy is a scientist by day, and cook, photographer and doodler by night. When she is not writing code and formulas, she blogs about food, life and everything in between on her blog, Three Little Halves. Three Little Halves was nominated for 2015 James Beard Awards and the finalist for 2014 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. Aleksandra lives in New York City with her other two halves, Miss Pain and Dr. V.

1 Review

Eva V. August 14, 2015
These sound incredibly delicious! Will give them a go this weekend, I have lemon verbena in my garden ready to pick.
You mention rubbing the LV into the sugar, could you instead use a spice grinder with a small scoop of sugar and the LV?
I imagine this would also work great with mint if you can't get LV, same freshness.