Lemon Thyme Tea Cookies

21 Apr

Looking for a buttery-yet-light spring time cookie? Look no further than these tasty and bright little morsels of heaven.

When I first saw these cookies from Christine over at Angry Cherry Baking and Food Blog, I knew I had to make them. Something about the combination of olive oil and thyme with the bright pop of lemon zest, combined in these sweet, buttery treats just seemed irresistible to me.  And their flavor is spot on.

Grazing in the City - Lemon Thyme Cookies

Grazing in the City - Lemon Thyme Cookies

I also thought I had taken pictures while I was making them – but I can’t find them anywhere and don’t know if I deleted them or if I actually didn’t take any. So I don’t have any pictures to take you through the process of making them. Thank goodness I got plenty of the finished product. They were fun to make and we certainly enjoyed having them around – for the short time they lasted, anyway.

Grazing in the City - Lemon Thyme Cookies

These are really super delicious. The thyme adds a bit of savory that saves these cookies from being too sugary sweet. And the lemon makes them . . . well, perfect.

Grazing in the City - Lemon Thyme Cookies

Grazing in the City - Lemon Thyme Cookies

Here’s the recipe, or click here for the original:


  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest of two lemons
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme


Sift together the flour, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.

Cream the soft butter and olive oil together, then beat in the sugar. Stir in the egg yolk, whole egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice until evenly incorporated.

Fold in the lemon zest and fresh thyme, followed by the sifted flour mixture.

Press the dough into a disc, wrap in cling film, and chill for at least 2 hours (but overnight is best).

Once ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and use a cookie cutter to press out shapes. (I actually used a shot glass and I thought it made for a perfect size. Place the cookies close together on a cookie sheet (since they don’t really spread), sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 12  – 15 minutes, or until the bottom edges are light golden coloured.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes on the sheet before removing.


13 Responses to “Lemon Thyme Tea Cookies”

  1. Karista April 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Love these!! Thanks for posting Christine’s fab pastry blog. So fun! These will make a fabulous spring treat and great for my clients as well. Thanks for posting!

    • billpeeler April 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      Thanks, Karista – hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

  2. dulcetdevotion April 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Mmm, that flavour combo does sound inspired! I love that you lost yourself somewhere in the process, not remembering whether you took photos or not. I must put these on my try list!

  3. egg me on April 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    The fresh thyme I recently planted now has some (more) purpose. Great cookies!

  4. Eva Taylor April 22, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    What a wonderful flavour profile, Bill. Could you serve them with fresh cheese (like ricotta) or a plate of semi soft and hard cheeses? I love the savoury and sweet combo, and by now you know how much I love lemon. I’m going to bookmark these for a future dinner party.
    Eva http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

  5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide April 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    So perfect for spring and I know Katherine would love these!

  6. Sarah April 23, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    I just love the combination of lemon and thyme, so I already know these are going to be a brand new favorite cookie for me. I can’t wait to make them! Thanks so much for this Bill, I appreciate it! Your cookies look soooooooooo good….YUM!

  7. sugaredpecan April 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Ooo, I love this flavor combo! These cookies look amazing and I like the idea of buttery and light. Sounds heavenly!

  8. Brandi May 1, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    Bill, these look amazing! I’ve had a similar recipe but with fresh sage instead of thyme. Love it when savory meets sweet.

    • billpeeler May 2, 2012 at 11:35 am #

      Thank you so much – I’m a big fan of savory/sweet combos also!

  9. Christine May 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Aw, you made these — they look great! I’m so glad you liked them! 😀

    • billpeeler May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      They were so awesome – thanks for the inspiration!

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