Lemon-Thyme Shortbread

Marsha Gardner


I love the fragrance of thyme. It is one of my most favorite herbs in my garden. Lemon and thyme make a great combination in this great shortbread cookie.

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60 cookies
10 Min


1 1/2 c
butter, unsalted, softened, no substitute
1/2 c
2 Tbsp
fresh thyme, chopped
1 Tbsp
lemon zest
3 1/2 c
all purpose flour
2 Tbsp
1 tsp
kosher salt

How to Make Lemon-Thyme Shortbread


  • 1In a large bowl, beat butter at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add thyme and lemon zest, beating well.
  • 2In another large bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch and salt. Add to butter mixture, beating at medium-low speed combine. Shape dough into a disk. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 3Roll dough into 3 (1 1/2 inch thick) logs. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 5 days. (Dough may be frozen for up to a month.)
  • 4Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

    Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • 5Bake until lightly golden, approximately 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store in an air tight container.
  • 6Cut shortbread dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place on prepared baking sheets.
    Lavender Shortbread--substitute thyme with 2 tablespoons fresh lavender chopped.

    While I have used both rosemary and lavender, I chose not to combine them in one cookie, instead making two batches, each with a different flavor. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you may want to try tarragon, lemon balm, or even basil as your herb of choice in this recipe.

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About Lemon-Thyme Shortbread

Course/Dish: Cookies