#CreativeCookieExchange this month brings up something that I don’t often bake with- fresh herbs. I decided on a simple cookie with flavors that would really shine. Mark Bittman’s Lemon Thyme Wafers hit the mark for all of the above.
“These wafers are crisp and light, not too tart or too sweet,” Mark Bittman, “How to Bake Everything,” pg. 164
Lemon Thyme Wafers
Makes approximately 4 dozen
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
Whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
Rub the lemon zest into the sugar and cream with the butter until smooth, then beat in the lemon juice and thyme. Slowly add the flour mixture until just combined.
Split the dough, and wrap in plastic in two logs approximately two inches in diameter. Chill until firm, two hours or overnight.
To bake, heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the dough 1/4 inch thick and put on a parchment lined sheet pan, spacing cookies 2 inches a part. Bake 10 minutes or until edges are barely browned. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.
In an airtight container, these cookies will stay good several days.
We really enjoyed these crispy, slightly chewy lemon cookies. I baked a few cookies without the thyme added to it just to see the difference- a more “in your face” lemon cookie emerged, whereas the thyme helped round out the flavor and made it more floral.
I took two dozen to the office and so did my fiancee- they were a big hit in both places, with people complimenting me and asking what the tiny green specks were all day.
All those beautiful herbs growing in the garden are our inspiration this month’s #CreativeCookieExchange. We tend to think of herbs as an ingredient for savory dishes, but they are truly wonderful in baked goods too. Cookies infused with an earthy herbal note are truly a delight to be enjoyed at any time – and are seriously addictive – so we’ve got a great list for you to choose from!
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.
Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Anytime Tarragon-Apricot Cookies by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Citrus Glitters by What Smells So Good?
- Ginger Lemon Sage Cookies by Food Lust People Love
- Lemon Thyme Wafers by Cream and Butter
- Strawberry Mint Cookies by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
- Rosemary Parmesan Cookies by Karen’s Kitchen Stories