Cookies & Bars

Never Enough Thyme

Lemon Thyme Cookies-Duo Dishes

There are so many recipes that we want to try.  It’s hard to find the time to do them all.  Maybe you’ve had the same problem?  If you’ve read through a lot of our recipes, you’ll notice we love to use a lot of the same things in our recipes:  citrus and fresh herbs.  Either on their own or combined, the power of citrus and herb is equivalent to Superman–they work hard for the sake of all that is good.  We cannot get enough!  We’ve combined the two in many salads, dressings and marinades, baked and fried meats, etc., but we’ve rarely done so for baked goods.  We wanted to mix the subtle, aromatic flavor of thyme with the brightness of lemon for this trial.  That coupling is nothing new, as it’s been used with roast chicken and potatoes, sorbet, grilled fish, pork belly, crème brulée and even vodka cocktails.  We decided on the simple route though.  A cookie.

Lemon and thyme, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g…you know the rest.  These two were meant for each other.  We made these just as an experiment, and they turned out very well.  A smooth lemon flavor with the hint of thyme in each bite.  Coated with salted powdered sugar, these cookies are really quite divine!

Lemon Thyme Cookies – Approximately 2 dozen

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/3 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1.  With an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, thyme and zest until fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.

2.  Add honey, vanilla and lemon juice and mix until smooth.

3. Sift in ginger and flour and, with a large spoon, mix until just incorporated.

4.  Split dough into 2 balls and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.  Roll out each piece into a 6”x4” rectangle and cut into 12 even squares.

5.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until the edges brown.  Cool a couple of minutes on the baking sheet.

6.  In a shallow bowl or plate mix powdered sugar with salt.  Take warm cookies and carefully coat both sides with powdered sugar.  Set on wire racks, cool 5-10 minutes more then repeat sugar coating.  Allow to cool completely.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


37 thoughts on “Never Enough Thyme

  1. I have always used thyme in a lot of my cooking, but for some reason (in spite of it growing in my garden), I haven’t used it as much lately. These seem like the perfect cookie, grown-up and yummy!

  2. I have become interested in using typically savory herbs in sweet things. These sound very good! They will be on my list of things to try.

  3. These cookies look great. I have a love/hate relationship with thyme. I had a few dishes with it where the cook overpowered the dish with thyme, and it was too much. Ever since then, I’ve used it very sparingly, but have always enjoyed the results.

  4. LOL yeah, there is never enough time (or money) to try all the recipes we foodies would like to eat. But simple and fresh ingredients, imho, is the best way to go. I am intrigued by the cookies, great experiment 😀

  5. Great idea. I’m still a little suspicious toward the thyme in our garden, it doesn’t have a whole lot of taste. I need to investigate and plant decent thyme before I try any of this!

  6. I love love herbs and citrus together. Orange and tarragon is my favorite winterish combo. Lemon and thyme is another one. Now between the two of you, which one is the herb, which one is the citrus?

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