Lemon, Ginger, & Thyme Shortbread Recipe

I don't know if it's Downton Abbey rubbing off on me, or if this recipe was simply irresistible. Either way, the combination of thyme - not lemon thyme, but ordinary thyme - with lemon and ginger in a shortbread recipe is a fascinating mix of flavors. I suspect this combination is nothing new, but that I'm late to the party! Better late than never, right? This shortbread is refined and sublime...a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea and your Masterpiece Classic viewing. The thyme I used is homegrown and although it's quite young (it's not established enough yet to have woody stalks as more mature thyme does), the flavor was just as nice.
Recipe by Anna Olson | Sugar
(For those of you who prefer to weigh your ingredients, I've added in the major weight equivalents for you.)

  • 3 1/4 cups (450 g) all purpose flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped 
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (225 g), room temperature 
  • 1 1/2 (300 g) cups sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • milk, for brushing 

1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in chopped thyme.
2. Cream butter, sugar, zest and ginger until fluffy. Stir in egg and lemon juice. Add dry ingredients and blend until dough comes together.
3. Divide dough in half and shape into logs. Wrap and chill for at least 2 hours (or freeze).
4. Preheat oven to 325° F (160° C or gas mark 3).
5. Unwrap dough and slice into thin wafers and place on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush cookies with milk and bake for 12-15 minutes, just until edges turn golden.

Photographs and styling by Elizabeth McNally 2013.


Mairead said...

Elizabeth - Adding thyme to lemon and ginger shortbread sounds fantastic.  Your young thyme looks especially delicious. 
All the best,

Wholesome Ireland said...

Even the title is musical and the photos are full of beautiful light. I must check on my own thyme later. Gorgeous.

Elizabeth McNally said...

Thanks, Mairead...the thyme feels like a little bit of spring! 

Elizabeth McNally said...

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Caítríona! 

Alice Choi said...

oh my goodness!!! I love these!! As soon as I saw "Downton Abbey", I had to click!! :) These cookies look lovely and I will be making these on Sunday while I watch! love it!

Elizabeth McNally said...

hi Alice...I hope you'll let me know how they turn out! Have fun watching DA...I wonder what drama is in store this week?! 

Lorna Sixsmith said...

wow, your photography is beautiful, Am delighted I have found you - thank you for commenting over at Irish Farmerette :)  I hope you'll enter the  Best blog of the diaspora in the Blog Awards Ireland coming up later in the year :)

Alice Choi said...

Making these this week!!