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“The Rosemary Cookies in the Deeps of His Heart”

May 29, 2011
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William Butler Yeats, in “The Rose in the Deeps of His Heart”, says:

The wrong of unshapely things
is a wrong too great to be told;

Too bad Yeats. These cookies may be outrageously unappetizing and unattractive, but I’m going to tell all of you about them anyway.

This photo doesn’t actually look too bad, but I can promise you that they were unshapely to an extreme degree. Flailing of arms, flopping on couches type unshapely and only Hélène’s insistence that I get up and finish the chocolate ‘drizzling’ (an extremely generous word for the glopping that occurred) allowed these cookies to make their way to my friend’s house last night…where they were enjoyed in great quantities. Lesson learned about unnecessary wailing and gnashing of teeth.

This friend is vegan and these cookies can be made either way. The shape will be quite a bit less flat the dairy way and they’ll look more white (better highlighting the rosemary!) due to the absence of flax seeds.

Rosemary Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup butter (or Earth Balance), softened
1 cup sugar
Rosemary leaves, finely chopped, from 1-2 sprigs (I honestly only added them at this point because it looked nice – glad I got my fill of aesthetics early!)

Beat these two ingredients and add:

1 egg or egg replacer (I’ve always used 1 tbsp ground flax – you can just do this in a mortar and pestle – and 3 tbsp water, let stand for 5 minutes)

Beat again, then add the rest of the ingredients:

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda (use 1/2 if making the vegan version)
1/4 tsp sea salt

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 until the bottoms of the cookies are just starting to brown. Then melt some chocolate with a tiny bit of butter or water (so it doesn’t harden too much on the cookies) and somehow, with great difficulty and without too much concern for anything but taste, get it on these cookies. And they’re delicious. Just like Yeats, “I hunger to build them anew”.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2011 2:48 pm

    Having consumed three and with great effort resisting the fourth, I can fully attest to the delicious nature of these cookies.

  2. May 30, 2011 7:22 am

    Oh my gosh this post is delicious AND charming! I have obscene amounts of rosemary in the garden and will be making these right away.

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