These Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies are crisp on the outside, tender and buttery inside, and filled with bright lemon and thyme flavors.
When life gives you lemons, make delicious things with them! Today I have Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies for you. These light, butter cookies offer subtle lemon and thyme flavors. They are delicious eaten plain, but I personally love spreading bright vibrant lemon glaze on top to give the cookies extra sweetness and tartness. This recipe is one of my favorite cookies. They are dangerously addictive, you may find yourself eating the whole batch.
Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies Ingredients
These are the ingredients you will need to make these cookies.
- Unsalted butter. These shortbread cookies are eggless, so the butter is important to bind the ingredients together and bring out the delicious buttery flavor.
- Confectioners’ sugar. Instead of using granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar has a tiny bit of cornstarch in it to keep it from clumping and that plus the powdery consistency of confectioners’ sugar keeps the cookies soft and tender.
- Lemon zest. This is where the lemon flavor comes from.
- Vanilla extract. This adds the subtle and delicious flavor of vanilla to baked goods.
- Cake flour/all-purpose flour. This provides the structure in the shortbread cookies. You can use both all-purpose or cake flour for shortbread cookies. I personally like to use cake flour because it gives light, crisp, and tender textures to the cookies. If you use all-purpose flour, I find them softer and chewier than the ones made with cake flour.
- Salt. To enhance the flavor.
- Fresh thyme. Thyme is a great pairing with lemon. The herb tastes earthy, a little bit sweet, with a slightly minty taste. If you don’t have thyme, it’s okay to omit it or substitute it with other herbs like rosemary.
Why You Should Chill Your Dough
Chilling the dough before and after shaping will help to retain the shape of the cookies. A short stay in the fridge will firm up the cookies and solidify the butter. This will help keep them from spreading too much and helps concentrate those flavors for your best shortbread. In addition, the cold dough will make the cutting neat with sharp edges.
Once I make the dough, I usually wrap it with plastic wrap then chill it for 30 minutes. Then, roll the dough into an even 1/4-inch thickness with a rolling pin. Cut the dough with a cookie cutter or sharp knife. Pierce the middle of the cookies with a skewer helps to minimize the spreading and chill the cut dough again if your dough has warmed up for a little more before baking.
More Shortbread Cookies
While you are here, don’t forget to check out these delicious shortbread cookies recipes!
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