Makes 6–8 dozen cookies
• 1 cup butter or margarine
• 2 cups sugar, divided
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 1/2 cups flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup (total) finely chopped dried lemon herbs: lemongrass, lemon thyme, or lemon basil
Cream the butter and 13/4 cups sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and herbs. Add to the creamed mixture and mix.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 3 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork or cup bottom. Sprinkle lightly with the remaining sugar.
Bake at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until barely browned. Cool slightly, then remove to a rack.
--Nancy Brewer, New Orleans, Louisiana
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