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Lemon Thyme Icebox Cookies

I found this recipe at my grandmother's house, and I made it as soon as I got home. The lovely melt-in-your-mouth butter cookie is very unique. It's almost savory because of the thyme, which pairs well with the lemon. —Catherine Adams, Westwego, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Cream butter, sugar, thyme and lemon zest until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolk. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Roughly shape dough into a 12-in. roll along the edge of a 12x12-in. sheet of waxed paper. Tightly roll waxed paper over dough, using paper to mold the dough into a smooth roll. Place the wrapped roll in an airtight container; refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/2-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges begin to brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 65 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • jls77283
    Apr 24, 2019

    I was able to adjust this to be gluten free and egg free and they came out absolutely delicious! Such a different but addicting flavor!

  • Jellybug
    Oct 21, 2018

    I needed a cookie recipe that was a little different and to my surprise, I came across these beauties. They are prepared the day before and baked fresh for your special occasion. The taste is not too sweet and the combination of thyme and lemon is out of this world delicious..