In the few days before we go back, take time to try this simple, scrumptious recipe based on one from epicurious.  Sage is a surprising ingredient for a dessert, giving these cookies a mix of sweet and savory flavors.  Shaved chocolate could also be used to replace the sage if you want a more traditional dessert.  The shaved chocolate shortbread cookies have all the same steps and feature a delicate, chocolate flavor that doesn’t overwhelm the buttery shortbread.

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  1.  2 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh sage leaves or 2 teaspoons dried sage (substitute with 2 tablespoons shaved chocolate for the chocolate cookies)
  4. 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  5. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces, room temperature

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  1.  Blend first 4 ingredients in processor.
  2. Add butter; using on/off turns, process until dough comes together.
  3. Shape dough into log 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter.
  4. Chill until firm enough to slice, about 30 minutes.
  5. Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  6. Cut each dough log into 1/2-inch-thick rounds; place on sheets.
  7. Bake 10 minutes.
  8. Reverse sheets so bottom sheet is on top rack of oven and top sheet is on bottom rack.
  9. Bake until cookies are golden, about 15 minutes longer.
  10.  Cool on racks.
  11. Enjoy!

- Laura Hess ’16

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