Monsoon season is upon us and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy it but to sit and watch the rain over a nice cup of hot tea and a plate of cookies. Some of you are probably thinking that it’s too hot for tea, but I drink green tea each and every day, throughout all four seasons. I decided to make these cookies after listening to The Splendid Table this weekend. This week’s episode featured chef and author Sally Schneider who demonstrated making herb salt, which I definitely plan to make soon. But what really caught my attention was when she started talking about adding the herb salt to chocolate cake and butter cookies! I rarely make cookies, but one of my favorite cookies is shortbread. I love that it’s not too sweet and has a texture that stands up to a cup of coffee or tea. I adapted Ina Garten’s basic shortbread cookie recipe and added lemon zest and Herbes de Provence to the dough. It resulted in a cookie that was subtly sweet with floral and herb notes that was crisp enough to dunk in your coffee–almost like a biscotti!
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a log. You can also shape it into a disk if you plan to roll it out and use a cookie cutter.
Place the dough in the refridgerator for at least thirty minutes. Then slice the dough into rounds and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
I sprinkled the tops of my cookies with a mixture of turbinado sugar and finely chopped fresh rosemary, but this is completely optional.