Recipe: Lemon Thyme Cookies

This recipe came from my grandmother on my father’s side, who wrote the weekly herb column in the local Rocky Mount, NC newspaper. After she and my dad split, my mom held onto the original index card in my grandmother’s handwriting, and baked these cookies every year around Christmas for the neighbors, sending my brother and me door-to-door for years. They’re a cinch to make, and never cease to please. -- lennon





  • 1 stick butter
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp dried lemon thyme (any herb will do) or 1/2 cup chopped fresh
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar


  1. Cream butter & sugar.
  2. Add eggs. Beat.
  3. Sift together flour, salt, and cream of tartar, and work into butter mixture. Add lemon thyme.
  4. If time allows, roll and wrap in wax paper, chill overnight, and slice. If pressed for time, simply drop by the teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350° for 10 mins. Cool on rack.


Posted on June 14, 2013 and filed under Recipes.