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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

lemon thyme shortbread cookies

the temperatures in midland, Michigan have been so warm these past few days.  spring is coming and i will be in my herb garden again very soon.  in fact, some of my herbs are greening up already and just waiting to be used in many herbal recipes.

this inspired me to bake these cookies which use dried thyme leaves.  they are a great cookie and include an herb that usually isn't used in baking sweets.

to make the cookie, combine 3/4 cup of room temperature unsalted butter, with 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar in a mixer.  then add, 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest and 2 teaspoons of dried thyme leaves.

in another small bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups of flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt.  add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl slowly to combine.  roll into two logs and wrap in plastic wrap.  chill at least one hour.

remove and slice to bake on parchment covered baking sheets.  bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes, rotate and bake again to lightly brown, about 2 more minutes.

these are very nice tasty tea cookies and your guests will be interested to hear that the cookies include the herb thyme.

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