Rosemary Butter Cookies

For the first week of school at EJ's yochien the children only go for half days so the teacher can spend the later half visiting her students' homes and talking with the parents. This is a typical Japanese practice and I think a great way for the teacher to learn about and understand her students. We marked our day in the calendar and EJ looked forward to her teacher's arrival.

We made Martha Stewart's Rosemary Butter Cookies for the teacher. EJ picked the rosemary and mixed the ingredients.    

Rosemary Butter Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
1 large egg 
1 egg white, beaten 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt 
1/2 cup fine sanding sugar 

Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in whole egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, rosemary, and salt, and mix until combined.

Halve dough; shape each half into a log. Place each log on a 12-by-16-inch sheet of parchment. Roll in parchment to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log. Transfer to paper-towel tubes to hold shape, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour
Preheat oven to 375. Brush each log with egg white; roll in sanding sugar. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

EJ was excited when our doorbell rang and her teacher and our friend were at the door. She led her teacher into the dining room with a huge smile and the affection and ease she felt with her teacher was obvious. While she brought things to show her teacher, I answered questions about EJ's likes and dislikes and the teacher answered a few questions I had prepared about EJ's transition. Before we knew it the twenty minutes were over and she had to go to her next student's house. The visit had left an impression on EJ though and she has already asked when her teacher will be visiting again.

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