Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

If time is short, you can bake the cookies immediately. However, placing the cookies in the freezer to firm before baking helps the cookies maintain a perfect shape as they bake. You can substitute chopped fresh rosemary or lavender for the lemon thyme.

Servings: 2 dozen


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine flour, thyme leaves, and salt in a small bowl, and set aside.

Process butter and sugar in a food processor until smooth and well combined, stopping to scrape down sides. Add vanilla; process 15 seconds.

Add flour mixture; pulse 10 to 12 times until dough pulls away from sides of bowl and forms a ball.

Divide dough in half. Roll each half to ¼-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface, adding just enough flour to keep the dough from sticking. Cut with a 2-inch cookie cutter, and place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Place cookie sheets in freezer for 20 minutes or until cookies are firm to the touch.

Bake at 275 for 30 minutes or just until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Danielle Carroll

Hi Barbara,
I bet you could try it…I found a lot of lemon balm cookie recipes when searching some of the cooking sites. Let me know when they are done…YUM! – danielle, Bonnie Plants

Glenda D.

I just bought my Bonnie Plants lemon thyme the day before at a local Wal Mart and in researching the plant, found your recipe for the cookies. I made them yesterday by snipping the tops of the new plant and we think they are delicious!

Bettye Taylor

Today is my first time looking at your “Bonnie Plants”, page. Was really excited, and could not stop until I went over all at least a 2nd time. I am so happy I found this, as it is really “GREAT’!


Sounds delicious!! Printed the receipe to share with my family and friends.

Susan J Wentworth

I’m making these tomorrow! They sound so good and my lemon thyme is ready. I’m glad I found this website!

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