Trust Mama On This One

by Sarah on January 6, 2012 · 9 comments

If you asked Mama Smart the best thing about me being home for practically the entire month of December, she’d probably say something along the lines of how nice it was to have someone around to watch girlie rom-coms with her, or confirm that her outfit looked cute, or accompany her to Pilates. But she’d be lying. The real reason Mama Smart was so happy I was home?

These cookies:
Rosemary, Thyme, and Pine Nut Olive Oil Cookies
Ever since I had tasted* the Pine Nut-and-Thyme vegan cookies Laura had brought with her to the Foodbuzz Festival in November, I had not been able to escape the craving for their delicious sweet and savory, bizarrely delicious incredibleness.
*Who am I kidding? I devoured the whole bag in practically 15 minutes of crazed mid-morning hunger pain-induced frenzy.
With time on my hands for baking over the holidays, it was finally time to purchase some earth balance and figure out how to make some vegan cookies of my own.Laura told me she had based the recipe on her Rosemary-Lemon Shortbread cookies, so I looked at that and then went off to a place of my own design.
If you can get over the weird combination of earth balance, olive oil, and powdered sugar with which you begin…then you’ll probably be able to get over the idea that a cookie is supposed to be overly sweet or buttery.

Because this “cookie” is neither of those things.(It’s little cookie butt is quite cute, though.)
What this shortbread hybrid IS is* the perfect balance of sweet and herbaciously savory, with just enough rosemary and thyme to make your tastebuds tingle a wee bit with surprise, and enough sweetness to make it impossible to stop eating.
*”It depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is.” Anyone?
The pine nuts are a nice touch, too.
[And I fully recommend making these when someone else is buying them for you.:)]´╗┐Just ask Mama Smart.*
*Who, every time I said, “I think I’m going to bake something,” replied, “Those oil cookies?” with a little too much excitment in her voice.
 Trust Mama. Make the cookies.
Rosemary, Thyme, and Pine Nut
Olive Oil Cookies
(makes 10-12)

3 Tbsp. earth balance natural spread
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
1 Tbsp. pine nuts

1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together earth balance, olive oil, and sugar.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt, and herbs.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the ‘wet’ ingredients, beating well until dough is incorporated and crumbly. [Test to see if dough will hold together when pressed. If it doesn’t, add olive oil in very small increments until it will.]
4. Spoon in pine nuts, mixing well to distribute evenly.
5. Use your hands to form dough into cookie shapes.
6. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes.
7. Let cool, and then set up defenses to prevent them from vanishing in one evening at the hands of your mother and future stepfather.

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In case you are curious, I did try to do the typical shortbread “chill in a log and slice” method of making these..and it just failed miserably. The “press and squeeze” worked a whole lot better.

It’s also more fun.

And then you can accidentally make them into hearts!
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