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A Birthday Recap + Rosemary Cookies

January 21, 2013

Hi friends! Did you know that yesterday was my birthday?

It’s true.

I’m now officially in my thirties.


Actually, it wasn’t as existential angst-inducing as I thought it might be.  This was one of the happiest, easiest birthday I’ve had in years.  It was just a good, fun day.

We started off with some baby bed antics:


…and then went to the local nature preserve, where I knocked out four miles running, and Ryan walked with Lila and the pups.

You know what’s really exciting?

Realizing that you have a snack container full of puffs for the walk:


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Sweet thing.

The rest of the day was just low-key, in the best way possible.  Around 8:00, after we put Lila to bed, we had a few friends over for wine and dessert.  I love this way of socializing—we don’t have to worry about keeping Lila out or up too late, and unless we get REALLY rowdy, she’s a very heavy sleeper, so we’re able to see our friends and have adult conversations (and beverages Winking smile) without even leaving the house or getting a babysitter!

Anyway, for our friends’ visit, I wanted to make something to snack on…but I kind of wanted to make something a little…*different.*

Enter: the rosemary cookie.

This cookie is sweet and buttery (thus, “cookie”), but it also has the unexpected flavor of rosemary.   I thought these were really good—dense, a little chewy, very buttery, and again, a little different from your average cookie.  Here’s what I did:

Rosemary Spelt Cookies


1 cup spelt flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 stick softened butter

2 tbsp. finely minced rosemary

1/2 tsp. salt

granulated sugar for rolling


Heat oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients except granulated sugar in a standing mixer.  Beat until combined and dough is formed.

Scoop out dough by the tbsp. and roll into balls.  Roll in granulated sugar.

Bake for 10 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet, until golden.

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These were the perfect treat for our little wine party!

We have today off—this has ended up being a FIVE day weekend with our snow days and MLK day combined.  Not too shabby!

Have a great day!

OH! And—SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT:  I’ve finally joined the great land of social networking for the blog, and have created an On Anna’s Plate page on Facebook.  Please click on the link in the sidebar to “like” the page if you’re a blog fan!

27 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2013 2:03 pm

    Those cookies look delicious. Do you put them on the cookie sheet as little balls, and they flatten out or do you flatten them before baking? Glad you had such a fun birthday. Wish we could have been there to celebrate with you!

    • January 21, 2013 2:09 pm

      I put them on the sheet as balls, and then they flattened out as they baked.

  2. January 21, 2013 3:38 pm

    I love rosemary in desserts and I am without a doubt making those cookies! Rosemary is my favorite herb because it is soooo hearty. Even with these temps in the midwest, I bet my outdoor plants are still viable. Love it. And your idea of a perfect birthday is the same as mine…sounds fun! Happy belated Birthday, as well! :):)

    • January 21, 2013 4:33 pm

      Thanks Nicole! It was a fun birthday indeed!

  3. January 21, 2013 4:49 pm

    Those cookies look perfect! I realized my love of rosemary with sweet flavors this past summer when we had grilled peaches with rosemary. It was soooo good! Looks like an incredible day Anna! I’m so glad you had a great one!

    P.S. Now I feel really old…I’m officially well into my 30s this birthday. UGH!

    • January 21, 2013 5:17 pm

      Hey, take comfort in the fact that you still look like you could be in college!!! 🙂

  4. January 21, 2013 5:46 pm

    Happy Birthday! Looks like a wonderfully relaxing day. And the cookies look fabulous, never tried using rosemary in a sweet recipe, but I clearly must!

  5. January 21, 2013 5:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Anna. Sounds like the perfect day to me!

  6. January 21, 2013 5:56 pm

    Happpppy birthday! Turning 30 in September wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be either! Sounds like a fantastic day. And what a yummy, unique cookie!

  7. January 21, 2013 9:07 pm

    Happy Birthday 😀 Love the pics of Lila looking PUMPED about puffs haha!

    I’ve been thinking about creating a FB page for ye olde blog, but I have some reservations. I already post all my entries on my personal FB page and it brings a LOT of my traffic. But I’m afraid everyone who reads from it just popping up in their news feed may not actually “like” my page. I don’t want to double post for my friends who like my BBB page and also see it on my personal page, but I don’t want to lose any traffic. What to do?

    • January 21, 2013 11:00 pm

      I’m kind of having the same problem– I’m going to see how it goes, and maybe, *maybe* double-post for a while, even though that’s probably very annoying.

  8. January 21, 2013 9:11 pm

    Welcome to the 30’s 😉 She’s such a doll, but I think you probably know that. Those cookies sound really yummy. And that sounds like my kind of evening. It always seems so much more relaxed than being out at a restaurant.

    • January 22, 2013 2:44 am

      Thanks Heather. Yep, we’re homebodies. 🙂

  9. January 21, 2013 11:15 pm

    Happy Bday! You look fabulous – and happy and she looks adorable. And welcome to FB! And I’d love a cookie, too. Rosemary…how fun & unique and I bet so fragrant and good!

  10. January 22, 2013 1:49 am

    Happy Birthday! Welcome to your 30s. I actually really like being in my 30s. Though I’m about to turn 35, which I do not like. But early 30s is good!

  11. January 22, 2013 2:26 am

    Happy Birthday! Glad to hear it was a good one 🙂
    I’m dying to try herbs in desserts! For some reason I think these cookies would be wonderful with some lemon zest in there.

    • January 22, 2013 2:42 am

      YES! I thought about that, but we didn’t have any lemons in the house. I think that would be really good.

  12. January 22, 2013 2:58 am

    happy birthday! I am right behind you…almost 30! I can’t wait. You look amazing and those rosemary cookies sound incredible. I love rosemary and will definitely give these a go!

  13. January 22, 2013 10:39 am

    Whole wheat shortbread, and with rosemary, i love it! Happy birthday! I loved turning 30. Your daughter is such a sweet and the name fits her perfectly!

  14. January 22, 2013 11:48 am

    Happy birthday! I love these cookies. I make rosemary shortbread (using a pine tree cookie cutter) each Christmas and we love them. I like the use of spelt flour.

  15. January 22, 2013 3:17 pm

    Happy birthday! It sounds like a wonderful day. Best wishes for the next decade!

  16. January 22, 2013 5:23 pm

    Happy Birthday, Anna 🙂 A five day weekend is not a bad way to celebrate!

  17. January 23, 2013 10:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Anna!!!!! Welcome to my age bracket! Ha!

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