Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

When life hands you lemons – make lemon thyme cookies! When we first planted our lemon tree I had this romantic idea that I’d be able to pick fresh lemons all year round. Obviously, I’m not good with plants or I would have known that the famous saying is literally true. You get lemons once a year and you get a lot of them. Needless to say, life has been lemony lately in many ways, but today it’s all about lovely lemony cookies.

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

I must say, I made a ton of these. I tried a number of variations that were vegan, gluten free, different oils, all sorts of things. I was kind of stressing out. Some were dry, some were burned, and some flattened out like pancakes (although not good pancakes). I’m just lucky that Jack, being the kind food tester he is, made sure not a crumb went to waste.

So what did I end up with? A straightforward, delightful, lemon butter cookie. Sometimes complicated times demand simple solutions.

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

This flavor combination was inspired by our new partnership with method. I’m excited to be working with them because I’ve been buying their products for years. Also, as a graphic designer, I’ve always adored their package design. They have a new line of kitchen hand wash that is scented with a variety of essential oils and it’s as functional as it is beautiful. It’s made from plant-derived ingredients and is great for some sticky kitchen situations like getting that pasty flour/water mess off of your hands. This one –  thyme – gave me the idea to try adding fresh thyme leaves to my lemon cookies.

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

The recipe is pretty simple and straight forward. Mix the dough, chill the dough, and roll it out. Cut out hearts, bake them, and share with someone you love!

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

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Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies
Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies Serves: about 30 cookies
Serves: about 30 cookies
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup cane sugar
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and thyme and mix again. Add the flour and salt and mix until just combined. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and flatten into a 1” disk. If the dough is sticky, wrap and chill for 15 to 30 minutes until firm but still pliable.
  3. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface until about ¼“ thick. If desired, dough can be rolled between two pieces of parchment paper. Use 2” cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Keep any extra cut-out cookies in the fridge until ready to bake.
  4. Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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  1. Liese on said:

    So from your trial batches you concluded that coconut oil cannot sub for the butter? I usually sub coconut oil for butter in recipes …usually using 1/2 to 2/3 of butter amount.

  2. I couldn’t get coconut oil to work without these flattening out way too much. But if you have success, please let me know!

  3. Sabrina B from newkitchenlife.com on said:

    thank you for this, it inspires me to re-engage with shortbread, it’s never been one of my favorites, but love the idea of lemon flavored shortbread, sounds a lot better!

  4. Tiffa on said:

    I just made these cookies in little heart and star shapes. I usually suck at baking, but these turned out to be sooo cute and delicious. Thanks a ton!!

  5. I’ve planned to cook’em in the next coming weekend for a “thèa party” I’m goingo to set with some firends of mine! I bet they will be delicious!
    Thanks a lot for the inspiration and the, as usual, clear step by step explanation.

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  7. cristy nottingham from cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk on said:

    wow these look sooooo tasty xx


  8. Izzy on said:

    These look so yummy!
    I love the cute heart shape you made them. Your photos are also stunning. x
    Izzy -https://pinchofdelight.wordpress.com

  9. Sandra Diane Lee on said:

    These are absolutely sublime! They turned out delicious! They are my edible valentines for my children and grandchildren along with chocolate pecan cookies! Lemon and thyme coupled with shortbread are delicious!!

    • Sandra Diane Lee on said:

      5 stars but unable to choose rating when posting comment first time:-)

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  11. Today Souhaila from todaysouhaila.blogspot.com on said:

    these look just so delish,I like everything with lemon in it so I might give this recipe a try x


  12. Alyssa from hermodernkitchen.com on said:

    When I saw the post title, a little part of me was scared to read the recipe as I thought you may have ‘shorted’ the shortbread by using coconut oil! Happy to see you stayed true to shortbread with butter!

    • Ha! Well I tried, but then realized that butter has it’s time and place 🙂

  13. Leanna from coloradospringsloanstoday.com on said:

    I did those cookies yesterday! My boyfriend ate all – I ate just 2. Definitely need to do more 😀

    • oh, ha! well I’m glad he loved them 🙂

  14. Brie on said:

    My husband is a big lemon dessert fan so I made these for him for Valentines Day. I am not a huge lemon dessert fan but I LOVED these!! They were so subtle and delicious and wonderful. Thank you, I will continue to make this recipe when I need a special something!

    • Hi Brie! I’m so glad you and your husband loved them!

  15. Maria from almostproperly.com on said:

    I love love shortbread!! Lemon and thyme are one of my favorite flavor combos. In a crisp little shortbread cookie I have no doubt that the flavors would add a subtle flavor that would taste totally delicious!! Shortbread cookies are a favorite in our house, too. So any new variation will surely be welcomed.

    • Thanks Maria, let me know if you give these a try!

  16. Nikky on said:

    Made these on Valentine’s Day and my bf loved them! He happily devoured about 4 in one sitting…and I have a slightly bigger cookie cutter than the one used here. Deliciously lemon-y and the thyme is a great touch!

    • Yay, I’m so glad you both enjoyed them! 🙂

  17. Helen C from helensfashionblog.blogspot.co.uk on said:

    Such a beautiful bake, and I loved hearing the back story about your lemon tree, you are so lucky to have one. It was actually funny I stumbled across this blog post, and also a coincidence mainly because I made very similar shortbread heart biscuits myself for Valentine’s Day. Mine didn’t have lemon or thyme in them, although I’m sure they added to the flavour. Fabulous photography too, happy baking! 🙂 xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  18. Wendy Gerster on said:

    These were really good! I was a bit dubious about the thyme but thought I`d be daring and give it a go. What a great combination! And they were so nice and crisp, too. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

    • I’m so happy you enjoyed them! Way to be daring, I’m glad you liked the thyme 🙂

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