These thyme, lemon, and sea-salt shortbread are savory butter cookies that are infused with lemon and thyme and finished with a sprinkling of sea salt. Excellent with wine and cocktails.
Less sweet than savory, these thyme, lemon and sea salt shortbread are really quite terrific in their own right although we find them to be more so with cocktails and wine of any and all sorts.–Renee Schettler
Thyme, Lemon, and Sea-Salt Shortbread
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- 30 M
- 1 H, 20 M
- Makes 28 shortbread
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When I read “. . . with your fingertips,” and” . . . with your hands,” I was sold. Anyone who cooks and bakes in a tiny kitchen would know what I mean. You won’t need a fancy stand mixer (I don’t have one) or a food processor to make this shortbread dough. (Did I say tiny kitchen? My mixer and processor are never out on the counter ready to go.) Just get your big bowl out and wash your hands, and in minutes the dough comes together so easily.
And it’s workable—not sticky at all—after 30 minutes in the fridge. The finished shortbread is light and tender and the sea salt is nice with the refreshing lemon and thyme flavors. These shortbreads would be great with a salad of buttery lettuces or a fruit plate.
These shortbread went fast! Served warm, the cookies were wonderfully tasty. Obviously, with such few ingredients, the lemon and thyme provided the bulk of the taste. This recipe will be made again many times over in my home.
As a shortbread addict, I love this recipe. I’m always trying to come up with shortbread variations and very much enjoyed this one. The lemon and thyme offer a subtle delectable flavor.
I was a little surprised by what a hit these shortbread were. I loved the salt hit on the first bite, but would have liked a slightly stronger herb flavor. Next time I’ll use a bit more thyme and lemon. These shortbread are perfect to serve with soup or as an addition to a cheese plate or just as a snack by themselves.
This recipe is extremely easy, and it makes such a light shortbread. I will make these again for sure!
I could taste the combination of flavors just by looking at the name of this shortbread recipe, and it was as good as I imagined. The thyme gave an aromatic, herbal flavor while the lemon added slightly bitter, citrusy flavors.
These shortbread were really good! They reminded me of cheese twists or a rough puff pastry. Very buttery and addictive. The sea salt added a nice crunch. I did try the recipe twice, making the second batch into tiny tart shells to hold a savoury filling, the pastry held up very well, not too crumbly. These would be lovely as a hostess gift for the upcoming holiday season.
Simple, straightforward, and tasty. I even made the shortbread from ingredients I had on hand and didn’t have to go to the grocery store—a rarity for my tiny apartment kitchen. Loved this and can see it being just as tasty with coarse sugar instead of salt. I even liked how the recipe instructed the shortbread to be cut into sticks, so they came out sort of like breadsticks.
If I had to change anything, I might add just a touch of rice flour or cornstarch to get that nice delicate shortbread crumb.
These shortbread were very easy to make and tasted wonderful, light, and lemony-thyme-y. I may add a bit more thyme next time, as I really like it. We loved these with a glass of wine…a perfect little nibble.