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Lemon and thyme cookies

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by admin 7 Comments

I love to bake with fresh herbs, they go wonderfully in sweet treats, because the familiar flavors are usually very fragrant, so you only need a little to give a cookie or a cake a little special something extra.  This summer we made a version of this recipe but with lemon, lime and basil.  Now that it’s cooler and my basil has long gone, I wanted to use winter thyme with the citrus instead.  This is a really simple recipe that has a wonderful unexpected flavor.

  • 115 g (4 oz/1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves, finely chopped (if you want to use basil – use 2 tsp)
  • 1 2/3 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF) line a baking tray.

Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale in color, then add the egg and beat again.  Add the herbs and the zest and mix once more.  In another bowl, mix the flour baking soda and salt and then add this gradually to the butter mixture.

Roll walnut sized balls and place about and inch apart on the prepared tray.  Flatten them a little and them pop the tray in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.  10 for chewier cookies, 15 for a little more crunch.

This recipe is adapted from Chasing Delicious

Song for this recipe:

“Concerto #4 in F minor – Winter – Largo” – Berliner Philharmoniker The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'Inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op. 8 No. 4): II. Largo - Nigel Kennedy - The Vivaldi Album

Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons is one of my favorite collections of music.  My favorite is recorded by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and it is a fantastic version.  This particular Largo is not a very long piece, but as the snow falls here in Montreal it’s the absolute best thing I can possibly listen to that audibly explains the snowfall.  It is so perfectly descriptive it makes me emotional.  This Sunday I could sit with a cup of tea and a fresh baked cookie and watch the sparkling snow fall for hours.