Parmesan, Garlic & Basil Savory Cookies

A happy accident from a recipe gone astray! Parmesan, Garlic & Basil Savory "Cookies" are rich, cheesy and sweet with garlic & basil. A tasty alternative to bread with salads and pasta! At littlemisscelebration.comIsn’t it awesome when we’re cooking and everything goes as smooth as silk, ending with a perfect dish? Hmm….this isn’t one of those times! I’m calling these Parmesan, Garlic & Basil Savory Cookies because, honestly, I didn’t know what the heck to call them! Are they pancakes? Flatbread? Some as yet to be named morsel? If a recipe does NOT turn out at all the way you planned, but it tastes incredibly delicious, do we classify it as a failure or a happy surprise?

I love the Caesar salad at the Nordstrom Café, because they add this delicious, parmesan crisp. My thought was to expand on that idea, adding in some of my all-time favorite flavors, like caramelized garlic and basil. More like a tuile – savory instead of sweet. I could change up my favorite lemon tuile recipe into a savory, Parmesan, garlic version.

The trouble began with my overconfident belief that I could successfully accomplish two recipes and a craft, PLUS photography, in the space of 24 hours. I know! This is the never-ending challenge of a blogger who works full-time and crams everything in on the weekend. Sometimes, it’s just a recipe for…disaster. There’s always a funny story in there after the fact, though.

Starting on recipe number two at about 6:00 a.m., I had all the ingredients ready to go.

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The eggs were at room temperature and separated. Cookie sheets were lined with parchment. The butter was perfectly soft, mixing in the KitchenAid. I realized that I needed a pastry bag and tip to form the tuiles and that box of stuff was on a shelf I can’t reach without a chair. Distracted because I wasn’t prepared, I hopped up on the edge of the chair in slippered, ill-placed feet, camera around my neck. Stretching to reach the shelf. Balance lost. Going down, down, down and the only thought was, SAVE THE CAMERA!!!!!

A number of things went down for the count along with me. (Not, thank goodness, the camera!) From my vantage point on the floor, in a sea of broken glass, I watched that bowl of egg whites do a pretty impressive quadruple axel across the kitchen. The scores? In air performance – 10! Landing? Yeah, that was a big fat zero! There was no perfect landing,  just another bowl in a zillion pieces and goopy egg white everywhere. Oh, and don’t let me forget the brand new bottle of olive oil that somehow decided to join in the messy fray!

After a few tears, a string of expletives I wouldn’t dare repeat and an hour of clean-up, the icing on the proverbial cake? I was OUT of eggs! NOOO!!! I turned off the mixer, tossed the bowl of creamed butter and sugar in the fridge, stuck a hat on my head, big sunglasses on my face and headed out. I needed a Target fix. Enough said, right? Two hours and 10 bags of stuff later, now I was really pressed for time. :)

I didn’t wait for the butter to soften properly – I rushed adding the egg whites. The batter, almost a soft dough, seemed ok and I chilled it for about an hour before baking.

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Feeling too rushed to use a pastry bag, I just spooned the mixture onto cookie sheets. The first batch was WAY too big and thick. They spread like crazy and butter was oozing out all over the oven. Mr. Smarty Pants asked, “What kind of pancakes are those??” THEY ARE NOT PANCAKES!!!

The second batch, I made smaller circles – they still spread and oozed, but at least the size was better.

A happy accident from a recipe gone astray! Parmesan, Garlic & Basil Savory "Cookies" are rich, cheesy and sweet with garlic & basil. A tasty alternative to bread with salads and pasta! At

I did not have a tuile, for goodness sake! I had this soft-centered, crispy edged SOMETHING! I was just about ready to toss the whole pile into the trash can, and we decided – tentatively – to taste one. Hold the cheese grater! This tasted…delicious. It’s a soft, bread/cookie, rich and buttery, with the sharp taste of parmesan highlighted with the sweetness of garlic and basil. These were not tuiles but darn, they tasted amazing!

I took the pancake-sized “cookies” and rolled the edges up and let them cool.

A happy accident from a recipe gone astray! Parmesan, Garlic & Basil Savory "Cookies" are rich, cheesy and sweet with garlic & basil. A tasty alternative to bread with salads and pasta! At

Might as well use them for lunch! I filled the rolled “pancakes” with Caesar salad and stuck a “cookie” in the top. I have to tell you – it was SO good! I packed the rest of the cookies in an airtight container. Two days later, they still tasted delicious and were a great addition, in place of bread, to a simple dinner of linguine with marinara.

A happy accident from a recipe gone astray! Parmesan, Garlic & Basil Savory "Cookies" are rich, cheesy and sweet with garlic & basil. A tasty alternative to bread with salads and pasta! At

Big fat failure or happy accident? I’m thinking happy accident! We’ll try these again, minus the drama and mayhem, to see if I can actually turn out a crispy tuile. Until then, these accidental, savory cookies just might be a tasty alternative to Italian bread every now and then.

A happy accident from a recipe gone astray! Parmesan, Garlic & Basil Savory "Cookies" are rich, cheesy and sweet with garlic & basil. A tasty alternative to bread with salads and pasta! At

I almost thought I wouldn’t post this, but I’m sharing the recipe as I made it, leaving out the extra 3+ hours of butter re-chill. I’m not making any guarantees on how this will turn out a second time, but I’ll update you guys when I try these again, I promise!

UPDATE: May 26, 2013 - Thanks to a very kind reader, I realized that I left off the directions that are supposed to be here after the ingredients. That would help, wouldn’t it? :)

Parmesan, Garlic and Basil Savory Cookies

  • ½ pound (sticks) of butter, softened
  • 4 egg whites at room temperature
  • ½ cup plus two tablespoons of sifted flour
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2/3 cups of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt. Add egg whites one at a time and mix well. In a small frying pan, fry garlic in olive oil until it is golden brown. Drain any remaining olive oil. Add flour, garlic, parmesan, and basil to the butter/egg mixture and mix until blended and smooth. Place mixer into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rounds of batter on parchment lined sheets with a tablespoon, flattening them with the back of the spoon. Bake “cookies” for 10-15 minutes, depending on size, or until edges are golden brown.  Move baked cookies to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Have you had a recipe go astray? Was it a failure or a happy accident?

Something sparkly just caught my eye – you gotta be kidding me! More glass? I’d better do yet another sweep/vacuum of the floor. Hope you have a great day!

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  1. Oh my goodness, Cindy. I had to laugh out loud but I am so happy you weren’t hurt. I don’t care WHAT you call these, they look and sound amazingly delicious. Definitely a happy accident for sure!! Pinned!

    • Thanks, Claire! It was a hot mess making this recipe but in spite of it all, they were so good! Thanks so much for the pin! Hope you and your family have a happy and fun Memorial Day weekend! xo

  2. JaneEllen says:

    Sure glad you didn’t cut your foot or hand cleaning up and there will always be an errant glass piece or two you’ll find months from now. It’s the law of accidents breaking glass. Bummer about your bowl(s) tho. I’m very protective of my bowls, don’t be using them for nonsense, lol. Hey whatever these bready things are they look, and even more, sound scrumptious.
    I love bready stuff. Once in while we buy a loaf of rye bread, oh yum, heat couple slices (to start with), put butter on them, my lunch. Hence will never be skinny, oh well. Too delicious to miss. The first ten years of my life (Cleveland, OH) were spent eating my Aunts home made bread. When I think of her the smell of her bread in their house comes to me. She was my favorite Aunt. My Mother was one of seven, 5 girls, two boys so had a few cousins too. We left Oh in 1950 to move to Tucson for my brother’s health, bad asthma.
    I’d sure love to make some of your cookie/bread someday. Hubs is cook in our house these days, I’m the bottle washer I guess, sometimes we team up for a new recipe. Pinning this recipe. Happy days

    • Thanks, Jane Ellen – you are so right about the glass, once you break it in the kitchen, you’re finding pieces for months! :) I’m a big fan of anything bready, too. I’ll bet your Aunt’s homemade bread was so delicious and the house always smelled wonderful! Thanks so much for your visit and pin – hope you have a happy weekend!

  3. These look incredible Cindy! Pinned!

  4. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Oh my!! I tensed up just reading that!! I’m glad you are ok and thankfully, no damage to the camera. That would have been a cause for tears and more expletives! Accident or not, these cookies sound delish! I think they would be a perfect accompaniment to soup or salad.

    • Jamie, I’m just glad no one was hiding in the corner with a video camera! :) In spite of the (mis)adventures, they did turn out delicious – oh, I love the idea to go with soup! Thank you so much for visiting – hope you and your family have a great holiday weekend! Hugs!

  5. Cindy these “cookie” look and sound delicious! I have definitely had recipes go astray but turn out being just as good if not better than what I was expecting :)

    • Thanks, Emily! I’m just glad that me and my camera survived this recipe! ;) Thank you so much for visiting – have a happy Saturday and a wonderful holiday weekend!

  6. These look and sound amazing! Your photos are always spectacular. I can’t wait to try this!

    • Hi San! Thank you so much for your sweet visit and comment. It was definitely an adventure, lol! Have a happy Saturday and a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

  7. Oh my goodness, that looks amazing! That was definitely a happy accident!

    If you have a minute to spare the Say G’Day Saturday party has just started and this would be a fun post to share!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Thanks, Natasha! All linked up at Say G’Day Saturday and thank you so much for your sweet visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

      • I just popped back to thanks for linking up and to let you know that I’m featuring this at my Friday Favorites post.

        Best wishes,
        Natasha in Oz

        • Natasha, thank you so much and it’s so kind of you to let me know! All linked up to this week’s party! :) Enjoy your day!

  8. My, what we bloggers go through in order to publish a new post! So glad you weren’t hurt, CIndy! And I have to say that your Parmesan savory cookies do look delish!

    I was decorating a large tree at our church this past Christmas and was in a hurry and I grabbed a chair to stand in and it shot out from under me. I laughed, I cried, I felt around to make sure no bones were broken.

    I can so relate to trying to saving the camera! Great story, Cindy, but hate that you fell!


  9. Sorry about your troubles but love the end result Cindy! Thanks for sharing your story and recipe with us at MM tonight! Pinned!

  10. These sound amazing! I love the idea- savoury biscuits/cookies are always my fav!

  11. Could you please tell me the temp you baked these at & for how long? These will go great with spinach & artichoke dip I found on pinterest.

    • Oh my goodness, Dee, thank you for asking, I just realized that I inadvertently left off some important information! I baked them at 350 degrees; they can bake anywhere from 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the size of the “cookie”. Bake them until the edges are golden brown but the centers are still soft. Thanks, again and hope you’re having a great day!

  12. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  13. Wow, what a happy disaster! I am so glad that you and the camera are okay. :) These “cookies” look delicious Cindy. Hopefully I can make them without all of the drama!!

    • Thanks, Lisa! It’s my own darn fault for not having everything in place but at least it was pretty hilarious after the fact. I’m still finding little pieces of glass – why is it that you never seem to get them all for like 6 months? ;)

  14. Hi Cindy, I had to come over from Natasha’s blog to see more details on these, at first I thought they were prosciutto, but alas they are your own creation, accident or not, they look wonderful!!! Im saving the recipe.

    I would like to invite you to join our Weekends Are Fun Party as well, hope you have time to stop by!

    Have a great day!

    • Hi Karren! Thank you so much for your kind visit and the party invitation. I’ll be sure to stop over in a bit. Have a wonderful day!

  15. What a FABULOUS recipe, Cindy! The perfect thing for dipping, topping, and snacking!

  16. Aaw, I’m so glad you weren’t hurt Cindy, a trip to Target was definitely needed after all that. Love that you were able to turn this around to these tasty savory cookies – they look and sound wonderful!

  17. Oh wow, these look and sound AMAZING!

    • Hi Maria! Thank you so much! These were definitely a happy accident! The flavors are so good and perfect with salads and pasta! Thank you for visiting!

  18. I am in love with this recipe and I love that you call them savory cookies! I’d take these over sweet cookies most every day!


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