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.

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