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Forget the Butter: Make Air Fryer Rosemary Olive Oil Cornmeal Cookies

Rev up your air fryer because these cookies are great around the holidays. Unlike most Christmas cookies, these contain no butter! Instead fruity olive oil provides the fat that makes the cookies tender as well as supplying great flavor. Fresh rosemary and lemon zest scent and add a piney freshness to the not quite cake-like cookies. The cornmeal is a little unusual in a cookie, but it's incredibly good. It's light, slightly nubby, and provides a sweet chew. The cookies are less sweet than many, making them a good option if you don't want a sugar overload. That said, I usually sprinkle the cookies with raw/turbinado sugar before baking them, giving them a little extra sweetness as well as a nice crunch.

Forget the Butter: Make Air Fryer Rosemary Olive Oil Cornmeal Cookies

Air Fryer Rosemary Olive Oil Cornmeal Cookies -- Makes about 24

1 1/2 cups of flour

1/2 cup of cornmeal (I use yellow)

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons of chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest

1-2 tablespoons of raw/turbinado sugar

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Dump the dry ingredients out into another bowl or on a sheet of waxed or parchment paper. In the now empty bowl, whisk together well the sugar, eggs, rosemary, and lemon zest. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Let the mixture sit for at least five minutes. In the meantime, cut squares of baking parchment large enough to just fit in your air fryer basket. Drop two or three 1 1/2 tablespoon portions of dough onto each piece of parchment. Sprinkle a little turbinado sugar on top of each dough mound and press the sugar into the dough a little with your fingers. Put the dough-covered parchment in the air fryer, and bake the cookies at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes or until puffed and just barely set. The cookies won't/shouldn't brown much. Repeat the process with the remaining dough or make as many cookies as you want/need and refrigerate the remaining dough to bake another day.

Forget the Butter: Make Air Fryer Rosemary Olive Oil Cornmeal Cookies

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