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Lemon, Thyme & Olive Oil Cookies

Lemon, Thyme & Olive Oil Cookies

A great recipe to create ideal snacks for elevenses (or any time!) Perfected by our Baking Queen, Donna and approved by her husband Steve…

Serves: Makes approx 10

Difficulty: Not too tricky


  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest (about 2 regular-size lemons) {note: save the lemon}
  • 2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt 1 tsp finely chopped Thyme
  • 2/3 cup Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 tsp pure Almond Extract
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar for rolling


In the bowl combine the Sugar (1 cup) and Lemon Zest. Rub the Zest into the sugar until it’s evenly moistened and aromatic; Set aside to marinate for a few minutes.

In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, and Thyme; Set aside.

Add the Olive Oil, Egg, Almond Extract, and Lemon Juice, to the Lemon-Sugar mixture. Mix until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Using a large rubber spatula, mix in any stray flour streaks. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place the 1/2 cup of Granulated Sugar (for rolling) into a large, shallow bowl. For each cookie, measure out about 2 well-rounded teaspoonfuls. Roll into balls and roll the balls through the bowl of Sugar until evenly coated. Place the Sugar-coated Cookies onto prepared sheets. Use the bottom of a glass or cup to flatten slightly.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. The Cookies will have puffed up slightly but will still look pale. (Mine were just right after 8 minutes.) Remove the cookies sheets from the oven and let the Cookies rest for about 3 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

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