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Olive Oil Cookies with Red Wine and Rosemary ...farewell food

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Well, the time has come to say farewell to Bitty...sort of.  Over at IHCC, where we cook from one cook/chef for a six month time period, this is the last week of our Bittman months.  I know that I won't stop cooking and learning from him "in general", just won't be making a point of a weekly post.  So, to say tootles to one of my favorite guys, I baked him some cookies.  Some of his own cookies.  Does that seem backwards, somehow?  Nah... it's a tribute, right?  Some farewell food.  I thought they would be the perfect send-off...since they contain rosemary...for remembrance and red wine...for forgetance.  I'll miss having you in my life as much, Bitty...don't be a stranger.

Olive Oil Cookies w/ Red Wine and Rosemary
from The Minimalist Entertains by Mark Bittman
yield: ~4 dozen cookies

2½ c. ap flour
½ tsp. baking powder
pinch salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. minced fresh rosemary leaves
¾ c. sugar
2 eggs
 ½ c. olive oil
 ¾ c. red wine, or a little more

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Combine the dry ingredients.  Beat the eggs w/ the olive oil and wine.  Use a rubber spatula to stir the liquid mix into th edry one, just until well combined; if the mixture is stiff, add a little more wine.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake until browned, 12-15 minutes.  Cool for a couple of minutes, then remove to a rack to cool further. Store in a covered container for up to 3 days.
Starting next week, we'll be welcoming Giada DeLaurentiis to IHCC, so please join us if you like her.  Or don't like her.  Or are just interested in making up your mind.

***Attention Bittman devotees...all hope is not lost!  If you are still wanting a place to connect with other like-minded bloggers, my friend Alex of A Moderate Life is going to be opening up her Tackling Bittman project and sharing it with everybody!  Starting the first week in November, she'll be putting up a monthly linky for you to share what you've cooked with Bittman each month!!  Check out her past Tackling Bittman posts for more ideas...and don't let any dust gather on your Bittman books!***

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39 comments

  1. I've been pondering my farewell dish all week, but now I don't have to! I'll be zesting lemons for Giada (as much as I find her grating to the nerves, how can anyone resist that smile?), but will definitely keep up my Bitty cooking, too! Thanks for the info.

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  2. Beautiful and flavourful cookies..

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  3. I love the Bittman, but I'm anxious to see what you and Giada have in store for us!

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  4. I've made olive oil quick bread before but never cookies. They look amazing Heather. And I, too, am looking forward to your Giada recipes. Even though her over-enunciating drives me bonkers (MOZZZARELLLLLAAAAAA), I do admit to loving her recipes and one of my favourite cookbooks is hers.

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  5. tasty sounding cookies... may have to bake a few this afternoon.. thanks so for sharing

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  6. These savory cookies look delicious! Great way to use heart healthy olive oil!

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  7. Que galletas tan fantásticas. Me gustan los ingredientes.

    Saludos

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  8. I have such a THING for savoury herbs in sweet things. Really, I just love them. Sage and vanilla. Thyme and lemon. Rosemary and, well, anything.

    Love these. Your photography is lovely too.

    xo

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  9. Scrumptious looking! love the photos, so up close and personal:D

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  10. wow these cookies very delicious ...soft n chewy..yummy

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  11. Mmm, these would be perfect with a nice bottle of wine!

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  12. I could never say good bye to Bittman. Which is why I couldn't bear to participate in this week's IHCC. (That and the fact that I have no time.)

    These cookies are so intriguing! I might have to make them as a celebration after my next exam!

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  13. Heather, I adore these types of cookies cause flour and oil really should get married like this! Thanks so much for the mention! I do hope that anyone who is still cooking bittman or wants to share the recipes they already linked to IHCC will share them on my Tackling Bittman! Now, farewell lovely marky mark and on to Giada! Hugs! Alex

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  14. These cookies are loaded with flavours and goodness! Don't know about Giada...would love to learn more about her food.

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  15. Such an elegant, grown up cookie. Beautiful work! My mother would adore a batch of these cookies, do you think they would travel well? Thanks for sharing!

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  16. A very interesting combination of ingredients. I'm curious, how did you like them?
    Mimi

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  17. wonderful recipe.. looks like a great combination.. thanks for sharing..

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  18. Hey Heather,what a great combo of ingredients..they look melt in your mouth kind..lovely flavors!..I wouldn't have thought of adding rosemary in a cookie..you got my curiosity now :)

    US Masala

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  19. Six months sure did fly by, right? This is such a fun recipe to end with Heather. I'm very curious about the full 3/4 cup of red wine in the dough. This is a recipe that would grab my attention too. They look great. A special treat for adults!

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  20. looks so yum. . Mouth watering cookies, a very special treat

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  21. The cookies look wonderful--a perfect ending to a great six months. Like you, I will keep cooking Bittman for sure. ;-)

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  22. These cookies are positively divine with rosemary and olive oil! You made me all happy with these - and also hearing that Giada is up next!

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  23. HI there! I am your newest follower from the Friday blog hop! Lovely Blog:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

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  24. Ciao Heather ! I love your swirlig blog ! How can you make it to be so full of energy ?? I made a pudding but have to post it yet ! These cookies really tempt me they sound a bit like ciambelline al vino !
    I posted the cottage cheese with the recipe I hope you don't mind !

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  25. While you need to say farewell to Bittman, I need to return to him. These olive oil cookies are perfect - and now I am wondering what else I am missing out of!

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  26. Reading the comments about Giada is so funny... She may be a little "kooky" (let's leave it at that...), but I have to say her food is amazing! I have made lots of her recipes and really none of them have been bad... (My biggest beef with her is that I highly doubt she eats her own food - it is super yummy and super filling!) I think I would like to join the group cooking her food for the next 6 months! I will check back on Oct. 4 to see what you all are doing! Exciting!

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  27. These cookies look wonderful! I love the rosemary in them. Sounds like these would go well with a nice glass of red wine. Yum!

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  28. What a perfect treat for ladies night. Thanks for sharing

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  29. Ooohhh... the rosemary in these sounds wonderful!

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  30. Mmm great recipe, but coming from Bittman I am not surprised. Love it! Thanks for the info too.

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  31. Hey Heather! Thanks for linking these cookies up at Family Food Fridays. I keep cocking my head back and forth as I look at them and read the recipe because I can't imagine what they would taste like (simple taste buds). I may have to try them out for myself to find out. :)

    I can't wait for the Italian food to start flowing....

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  32. These cookies look gorgeous. Such a grown up cookie. What would you eat them with? Milk? Are they are dessert or a savory appetizer? I just can't think of what they would taste like. But still glad you linked up to Vegetarian Foodie Fridays. Have a great weekend!

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  33. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back w/ all who asked about the flavor of these cookies! They are actually a sweet cookie! Very soft and moist...lovely tinge of rosemary and grapey flavor from the wine! I'm actually going to try to make a thinner, harder (crisper) finished product with some variation of this recipe next time...cuz I think those would be even better!

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  34. I love the idea of these cookies. Interesting that they are sweet, as I expected that they would taste quite savoury. The thought of them is tantalising my tastebuds so just might have to try them this weekend.
    Sue

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