Saturday, May 24, 2014

Rosemary for Rembrance: Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies for Memorial Day

"Rosemary is for Remembrance"-- so why not make some Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies for Memorial Day? I grow a lot of rosemary growing in my garden, and I use it in baking and grilling. It's a very versatile herb. There are several varieties, and they flower, so it's also quite pretty-- and deer resistant. Rosemary is also very aromatic.

The phrase "Rosemary is for Remembrance" comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember.” 

Even before Shakespeare's era, many cultures assigned meaning to this herb. It was often used in funerals or in the care of the dead. But also, at one time,  it was the fashion  for brides to wear wreaths of rosemary.
Rosemary was also thought to repel evil spirits and cure thievery. 15th and early 16th century statesman and writer, Sir Thomas More, ties rosemary to memory in his writing. He writes fondly of it “running” about his garden without cultivation because: “it is the herb sacred to remembrance, and therefore, to friendship…” And for my mystery friends, an Agatha Christie novel, published as both Remembered Death and Sparkling Cyanide, uses the Shakespeare quotation.


2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup sweet butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp Madagascar vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups Chocolate Chips
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 375° F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
Beat butter, both sugars and vanilla in large mixer bowl until creamy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in Chocolate cChips, chopped Rosemary, and pecans.
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto un-greased cookie sheets.
Bake 9-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool.

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