Lemon Thyme Icebox Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch


about 2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 12, 2023
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
Lemon Thyme Icebox Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.