Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Makes 32

INGREDIENTS

3 ½ sticks unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1 ½ teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon pure lemon extract

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with foil, leaving overhang on all sides and lightly butter the foil.

2. Pulse the sugar, thyme and zest until combined in a food processor. Reserve 2 tablespoons of mixture.

3. In a stand mixer combine the butter, sugar mixture, salt and extracts. Add flour one cup at a time, stirring, and scraping down sides of bowl, until well combined.

4. Turn dough out into prepared pan and press out evenly. Using a fork, poke holes evenly throughout the dough. Sprinkle top of dough with reserved sugar mixture.

5. Bake 30 minutes until very lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately cut into 1 by 3-inch pieces with a sharp knife or bench scraper with a blade end. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Carefully lift foil out of pan and cool completely in foil on a rack.

Contact Nicole Bowman-Layton at nlayton@ncweeklies.com.