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Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies Laced with Honey

Makes: 36 servings Yield: 36 cookies
Prep 25 mins Bake 325°F 25 mins
Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies Laced with Honey
  • 1 3/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup  powdered sugar
  • 1/4  cup  cornmeal
  • 1  teaspoon  fresh lemon thyme or thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1  teaspoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2  tablespoons  honey
  • 3/4  cup  butter
  •  Coarse sugar (optional)
  •  Honey (optional)
  •  Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, stir together flour, powdered sugar, cornmeal, thyme, and lemon peel. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey; do not stir. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling. Knead dough until smooth; shape dough into a ball.

2. On an ungreased cookie sheet, pat mixture into a 9-inch square. Using a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut square into 1-1/2-inch squares,* but do not separate. If desired, sprinkle squares with coarse sugar. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until bottom starts to brown and center is set. Remove from the oven. While still warm, recut the shortbread into squares. Cool shortbread completely on cookie sheet on a wire rack. If desired, drizzle a little honey over each cookie before serving and garnish with thyme sprigs. Makes 36 cookies.

From the Test Kitchen
  • Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • If desired, cut dough square into 3/4-inch squares and bake as directed. Makes 72 cookies.

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