Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lemon and Thyme Shortbread Cookies

These cookies only have a few ingredients and are super easy to make.  Although the combination seems strange for something sweet, it works really well.  They're light and delicate and perfect for afternoon tea.  Sprinkle them with sugar before baking to get a nice sparkle.

1 1/2 cups  flour
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar (plus more to sprinkle on top)
2 tbsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. thyme (if using dried, use about half a tbsp.)
1 pinch salt

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Whip the butter until it's nice and soft.  Add the sugar to the butter and whip it until it turns two shades paler.  Add in the flour and begin kneading.  Next add the lemon juice, lemon zest, thyme and salt and continue to knead.  If you want a shortcut, you could knead it in the food processor.  Just add the butter and sugar first then all of the ingredients.  Flatten out the dough into a disc.  Place a damp paper towel over the dough and begin gently rolling out the dough.  I used cookie cutters to form cute little shapes.  Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake until the start to turn ever so lightly golden. Transfer to a cooling rack and serve.

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