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Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies made with lemon zest and thyme frosted with lemon icing.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 32
Calories 144kcal
Author Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell

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