RECIPE: Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

RECIPE: Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies #dessert #herbs #spring #treat
Last week I harvested some fresh thyme from my garden to make a seasoning salt. What I’ve been waiting until now to tell you is that I also made cookies! While researching different things I could make with the flavors of Lemon and Thyme I came across salad dressings, cakes, and even a bruschetta recipe. While I can’t wait to try all of these ideas, I decided on a simple shortbread recipe since I already had the ingredients on hand. The result was a light, refreshingly sweet cookie perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea.

Add a little something extra…

Unfortunately I was in the midst of a flair up while baking these (I suffer from chronic neck and back pain), which meant that I wasn’t able to make the earl grey glaze I was planning on. So I invite you to try it out and let me know how it tastes!

RECIPE: Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies #dessert #herbs #spring #treat

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Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Approx. 24 cookies
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • Course sugar or granulated sugar
  1. In a large mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on high until combined. Next mix in the thyme, lemon peel, lemon juice and cardamom. Slowly add the flour a little at a time and mix until a dough is formed.
  2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick and cut out with your favorite cookie cutter (or you could simply use a knife to cut small squares). Sprinkle cutouts with sugar and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are just lightly brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Makes approx. 24 cookies.


RECIPE: Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies #dessert #herbs #spring #treat