Glazed Vanilla and Thyme Cookies (Freezer Ready)

Vanilla and Thyme Slice and Bake Cookies (Freezer Ready)

Once upon a time, I roasted some sweet potatoes with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. If you’ve never done this, I’m seriously not sure if we can stay friends. The mixture of sweet and savory is totally the bee’s knees, and one of my goals in cooking is to marry these flavors in pretty much every dish, be it an entree or a dessert.

I decided to bake some cookies the other night, and I really wanted to add a little pizzazz to a basic sugar cookie recipe. I usually go for just a little extra vanilla or sometimes I add cinnamon, but I had some fresh thyme on hand so I was all like, why not? Let’s make a sweet cookie with the unmistakable, deliciously aromatic, herbal flavor of thyme. I winged it the first go around and I think I got a little bit carried away with the thyme on the first batch. Anyway, after my first failed attempt, I found a recipe that was simply perfect. You guys, these are pretty delicious and are dreamy with a piping hot cup of coffee or tea. You must try this!
Glazed Vanilla and Thyme Cookies (Freezer Ready)

Glazed Vanilla and Thyme Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt

For the Glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Glazed Vanilla and Thyme Cookies (Freezer Ready)

Directions

  • cream together the butter, sugar, and the seeds from the vanilla bean
  • add the thyme and egg and whisk together until well incorporated
  • stir in the flour and salt until a dough ball forms
  • Roll the dough into long cylinder, cover in plastic wrap, and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight
  • remove from the freezer and allow to sit out for a few minutes while your oven preheats
  • slice into 1/4 inch or slightly thicker rounds and place on a baking sheet lined with  parchment paper
  • Bake at 325°F for 12-15 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and place the cookies on a cooling rack

Glazed Vanilla and Thyme Cookies (Freezer Ready)

For the glaze:

  • whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth
  • Dip the cooled cookies into the glaze, then place back on the cooling rack to allow excess glaze to drip off
  • decorate the tops with a few thyme leaves

***the cookie dough will last in the freezer a month or two

***if thyme isn’t your thing, try rosemary!

Source:  A Beautiful Mess

The Only Cookie Recipes You’ll Need This Holiday Season (or possibly ever)

Photo credit: patrickkuhl / Foter.com / CC BY
Photo credit: patrickkuhl / Foter.com / CC BY

 

The holiday season is in full swing! Decorations, lights, and of course cookies! I took some time to gather up a few of my absolute favorite cookie recipes. I’m a total sucker for chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies. Both are perfect additions to any holiday gathering. Unfortunately, we have to face it, store bought cookies are pretty gross, and bakery cookies are pretty expensive. But have no fear. With just a little bit of know how and a little bit of elbow grease, you can make your own winter wonderland of cookie perfection.

First off, baking cookies is all about the dough. The choice of ingredients and proportions can dramatically change the outcome. I came across this amazing infographic on kitchennostalgia.com that perfectly illustrates how your favorite cookies take shape.

The Science Behind the Perfect Cookie

Along with that lovely infographic is one of the most amazing chocolate chip cookie recipes ever. Remember, I’m a sucker for chocolate chip cookies and I highly recommend this recipe. You can check it out here.

But what would Christmas be without a delicious sugar cookie?

http://www.aspicyperspective.com/the-best-sugar-cookie-recipe/
Photo Credit: A Spicy Perspective

This has to be my all time favorite sugar cookie recipe. These are totally delicious and sure to be just as much of a hit at your house as it is at mine. The recipe yields over 40 cookies, and I thought that was overkill until me and the family blazed through them. Now I find myself doubling the recipe (don’t judge us!). Be sure to try the Bourbon glaze. If Bourbon isn’t your thing, try sprinkling a little cinnamon for a little extra oomph.

Photo Credit: homemadehooplah.com
Photo Credit: homemadehooplah.com

This nutella stuffed sugar cookie recipe is quickly becoming a close second favorite in my house. Get the recipe here. You won’t be sorry.

Nothing beats the goodness of a good old fashioned homemade cookie. For more inspiration check out some of the recipes here and here. I haven’t tried all of the recipes yet, but if you do please let me know!