Southern Luncheon

Had a great time with my friend, Christy Case Keirn, who came for lunch today. Tablescape  and more details to come later. I had planned on making lemonade cookies with lemonade frosting, but I got really busy and didn’t get around to it. My backup plan was to make lemon sugar cookies, but they had to be chilled for an hour.

Oh, did I mention that I remembered that I wanted to make these cookies at 10 a.m. and I was expecting Christy at noon? Oh, and I needed the oven from 11:00 to noon for the entree? So, that left me with one hour to get the cookies done.

Well, never fear. I had the perfect recipe, which I have posted before, however I have made a few changes. The cookie of the day was Lemon Thyme Cookies!

Lemon Thyme Cookies
Lemon Thyme Cookies

Check out today’s lagniappe for this recipe and today’s addition to:

With Designs by Gollum
With Designs by Gollum

Today’s Lagniappe: Lemon Thyme Cookies
I still had thyme in the garden. I didn’t have the scalloped edge cutter so I just used a pizza cutter. Maybe not as pretty, but it got the job done and they were just as delicious. I also used 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a little extra zest for a little extra lemon flavor, cause I was just in that kind of mood. 🙂

* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1/4 cup granulated sugar
* 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme
* 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* Coarse sugar or granulated sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Beat the butter in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar until combined. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in thyme, lemon peel,  and lemon juice. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Knead until smooth; form mixture into a ball.

2. Divide dough into three equal portions. Roll each portion into a 6×4 1/2-inch rectangle (about 1/4 inch thick) on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into 1 1/2-inch squares with a scalloped-edge pastry wheel. Sprinkle cutouts with coarse sugar. Place cutouts on ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are just lightly brown. Transfer to wire racks and let cool. Makes 36 cookies.

4. To store: Place cookies in layers separated by pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw cookies, if frozen, before serving.






8 responses to “Southern Luncheon”

  1. Red Velvet Confections Avatar

    The cookies look amazing. I love to have these with a cup of tea. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kathy (Kbeau) Avatar

    I absolutely love anything lemon flavored. These look so light that I’m sure they have no calories whatsoever.

  3. Gollum Avatar

    What a great idea to use the pizza cutter! The photo is gorgeous, and the cookies look delicious. I’m looking forward to your tablescape and the chicken recipe.

  4. Pat@Back Porch Musings Avatar

    Oh those cookies look so good! Beautiful image.

  5. Ardee-ann Avatar

    Oh what a delight. These look lovely and your blog posts are always so very special!

  6. Beth Avatar

    Your cookies look really pretty! They sound good too. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  7. Joni Avatar

    Your lemon thyme cookies are so beautiful…I love the scalloped edges of the cookies in the pictures. I have a recipe that uses the herb lemon thyme, but I think your addition of the lemon peel and juice sounds more “appealing.” I’m a huge fan of lemons. Joni

  8. Christy Keirn Avatar

    These cookies were fantastic! I have to admit I only got one of the three I brought back to the office to have with coffee later in the day. My co-workers had to have the other two! Everyone raved. They are very pretty too! Can’t wait to make them myself. Now, I’m off to find the recipe for the chicken dish! It was wonderful too! Thanks for a great lunch! What a rare treat to enjoy lunch with a friend on china with real linen napkins and fresh flowers on the table. You made my day!

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