Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Spicy Oregano Soft Sugar Cookies

Aside from the fact my sage just refuses to give up, in January my herb garden is the gift that keeps on giving. That's because I harvested all the herbs I grew and turned them into salts, sugars, vinegar, oils and syrups.

I stashed them all in various nooks and crannies of my kitchen. this past weekend I uncovered the spicy oregano sugar. This herb was the star of my garden this year. I almost cried when I harvested the last of it. I used it in everything, on pasta, in salad dressings, in cocktails. Oregano with a big spicy kick. What could be wrong with that?

So it is an understatement to say I was excited when I uncovered the spicy oregano sugar. I had been craving some big soft sugar cookies. Using this sugar was one of the best ideas I had.

I used the infused sugar both in the cookies and also rolled them in in it before baking.

Soft, sweet and spicy. Cookies of my dreams...

Spicy Oregano Soft Sugar Cookies
(Adapted from this fabulous recipe from Just a Pinch)


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups spicy oregano infused white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup spicy oregano sugar for rolling cookies


  • Preheat oven to 350┬║ F. 
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Sprinkle the 1/3 of spicy oregano sugar out on a flat plate.
  • Mix the unsalted butter and spicy oregano sugar until creamy, about 3 minutes. 
  • Mix in the egg, vanilla and lemon extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients 1/3 at a time until just combined.
  • Use a teaspoon or cookie scoop to portion out the dough. Take each portion and roll into a ball, then roll in in the spicy oregano sugar.
  • Place on baking sheet and use a wooden spoon to flatten out the unbaked cookies.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Be careful not to let the cookies get too brown so check them at 6 minutes onward. 
  • Remove from oven, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely. 
  • You can snitch one while it's warm to taste (recommended)


  1. Sounds delicious!! I would enjoy these cookies with tea.
    Happy New Year. xo Catherine

  2. What an interesting cookie flavor! Never tried oregano in a dessert, but it sounds very tasty :)


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