Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Basil Orange Cookies

I love basil. 

I love orange. 


These were perfect. The cookie itself is not very sweet but the orange frosting makes up for it. 

Big. Soft. Chewy. A little tangy.

Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about.

Basil Orange Cookies
by Marcia Adams, Clarkson Potter 1991)

For the Cookies:

  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2+1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1+1/2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup dried basil

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • A tad of orange food coloring (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream together the sugar and butter.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the sugar and butter.
  • Add OJ, zest and vanilla until everything is evenly combined.
  • Stir in the basil by hand.
  • I used a tablespoon to form the cookies because I wanted a larger size. You can use a teaspoon to form smaller ones.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until center of cookie is spongy to the touch.
  • Remove from oven, transfer cookies to wire racks and cool completely.
  • Mix together all the frosting ingredients until smooth. If you wish, add a touch of orange food coloring.
  • Frost cookies.
  • Makes about 2 dozen large cookies.


  1. Lovely aromatic cookies, looks gorgeous.

  2. These would be so good enjoyed on my back patio with a cup of tea.

    I think this is my favorite recipe of yours so far, Lora.

  3. Totally delicious. It's the cousin to the lemon thyme cookies we had on the blog once. Herbs are so good with sweets! More people should try it.

  4. I am intrigued. Your cookies look beautiful and they sound delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. Powdered sugar gives any cookie a delicate texture! I am loving the basil idea....a definite must try!

  6. these cookies sound very good and look good as well. Your blog is so interesting, I look forward to following you. Your recipes look wonderful.


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