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                               Thyme Cookies
 
 Recipe By     : The Medford, Oregon, Mail Tribune, May 14, 1997
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cookies
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1      cup           butter or margarine
    1 1/2  cups          sugar
    2      large         eggs
    1      tablespoon    dried orange peel -- soaked and drained
    2      tablespoons   fresh thyme leaves -- chopped
           or
    2      teaspoons     dried thyme
    2      teaspoons     baking powder
    2 1/2  cups          flour
 
      1/4  cup           sugar
 
 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
 
 Combine butter and 1-1/2 cups sugar.  Beat with mixer until well blended.
 Beat in eggs and mix until smooth.  Add thyme, orange peel, flour and
 baking powder; mix well.
 
 Put remaining 1/4 cup sugar into a shallow bowl.
 
 Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls (chill dough to make this step easier).
 
 Roll balls in sugar to coat, and place on ungreased baking sheet.
 
 Bake at 375 degrees F. until edges are brown, about 12-15 minutes.
 
 Remove from baking sheet and cool on racks.
 
 Makes about 5 dozen.
 
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 NOTES : Try substituting other herbs for the thyme:  lavender blossoms,
 cinnamon basil, fennel seed, pineapple sage - whatever sounds good.  Use
 the same proportions as for the thyme.