Lemon Basil Butter Cookies
1 cup fresh lemon-basil leaves*
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1 pound butter, softened
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 large egg
6 cups all-purpose flour
Garnish: fresh basil sprigs
Process basil leaves and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor until blended.
In an electric mixer, beat butter at medium speed until creamy; gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add lemon juice and egg, beating until blended. Gradually add flour and basil mixture, beating until blended.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.
* Use plain basil if desired.
Recipe from Southern Living.