Garlic Cookies

Garlic cookies? Yes! Garlic cookies!

These cookies have that special “Gilroy touch” (Gilroy, California is the garlic capitol of the world). They're a delicious brown sugar cookie with just the right hint of garlic. Why travel all the way to Gilroy for garlic cookies when you can let Gilroy come to you?

I had found a recipe for garlic cookies on the Internet and just HAD to try it. It turned out “yuck!”. Did this dampen my determination to make a this recipe work? No way!

Here is the trick to making garlic cookies: first cream the garlic and butter or margarine together in a food processor. This disperses the garlic juice and breaks up the fiber in the garlic cloves. It's a good idea to express the garlic pulp with a garlic press when combining the garlic and butter, then let the food processor make an homogenous mixture.

The Recipe:

4 oz butter or margarine. The butter should be at room temperature (not melted) and fairly liquid in consistency.

4 cloves garlic, or one clove per ounce of butter. Express the garlic pulp with a garlic press, then thoroughly mix garlic and butter together in a food processor.

Combine in a mixing bowl:

The garlic butter you made in the above step

1 ½ C flour

½ C brown sugar, packed

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp each salt, baking soda, cream of tartar

1 TB honey

1 egg

Chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds to taste

Optional: chocolate or butterscotch chips

Drop cookie dough onto a baking sheet; bake 15 - 20 minutes at 350° F.