Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies are a simple lemon shortbread cookie recipe made with a thyme shortbread and topped with a sweet and tart lemon frosting. They are a spring dessert that is perfect for Easter or Mother’s Day.

Lemon and thyme shortbread cookies topped with a lemon frosting. A simple, not-too-sweet dessert for Spring. Perfect for Mother’s Day or Easter.

A few months ago I made a Grapefruit Tart with a thyme pastry crust. I couldn’t believe how much I liked the taste of the thyme in a crust and ever since then I have had the idea for a lemon thyme cookie percolating in the back of my head.

Lemon and thyme shortbread cookies topped with a lemon frosting. A simple, not-too-sweet dessert for Spring. Perfect for Mother’s Day or Easter.

I used shortbread for the cookie, with lemon zest, thyme, and a little vanilla, for flavor. I love the not-too-sweet taste of a shortbread cookie and these could be eaten without an frosting. I think they are beautiful unfrosted, the thyme flecks in the cookie dough is so pretty. This time around I wanted a little more lemon flavor, and I thought that the pale yellow frosting added a little extra touch of Spring to the cookies, so I did frost them, but next time I’m going to leave them plain.

Lemon and thyme shortbread cookies topped with a lemon frosting. A simple, not-too-sweet dessert for Spring. Perfect for Mother’s Day or Easter.

The frosting is just a simple royal icing with lemon extract for flavor. The cookie is somewhere in between sweet and savory, so I loved the burst of sweet and tart that the frosting added. I took them to Easter with me and my mom was a little hesitant about thyme in her cookie (no one ever trusts me ;)) but she tried it and she liked it! The thyme is very subtle and not at all overpowering.

Servings: 32
Prep Time: 2 hrs
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 20 mins

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies made with lemon zest and thyme frosted with lemon icing.
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5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

  • 2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Butter, unsalted, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Lemon Icing

  • 1 pound Powdered Sugar
  • 2.5 tablespoon Meringue powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Water
  • 3 - 4 drops Yellow food coloring

Instructions

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  • In your mixing bowl beat room temperature butter until it is creamy.
  • Add the sugar and mix thoroughly.
  • Add thyme, lemon zest, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and salt and continue to mix until ingredients combine.
  • Add the flour 1 cup at a time until the mixture just starts to come together.
  • Create a ball of dough and flatten it slightly before wrapping it in plastic wrap and chilling it for 1 hour.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator.
  • Lightly flour your surface and roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Use cookie cutter to cut out cookies.
  • Place cookie cut-outs on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.
  • Place cookies in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator and bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown.
  • Let the cookies cool completely and then ice them.
  • Let icing harden before serving.

Lemon Icing

  • In a mixer combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, and slowly add water while mixer is on low until you reach the consistency you want.
  • Add lemon extract and food coloring and mix thoroughly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 144kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 69mg, Potassium: 11mg, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.4mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert

 

I think these cookies would make a great treat for Easter, Mother’s day or just a light, sweet, fresh Spring treat. Enjoy!

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