Cookie of the Day: Citrus-Herb Cookies

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Holiday season is cookie season! We are all about cookies this month: bakingdecoratinggifting and hosting the classic cookie exchange. On Taste, we’ll be sharing 30 days of holiday cookies, so be sure to check back every day for a new recipe! And for more inspiration and great recipes, visit our Cookie Central page. 


This surprising combination of aromatic herbs, tart citrus and buttery, sweet dough satisfies even the fussiest cookie aficionado. The Kitchn‘s Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan developed the recipe using orange zest and thyme leaves, but you can use the basic dough to experiment with other flavors to come up with your own signature cookies.


Citrus-Herb Cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

1 large egg

2 Tbs. grated orange zest

2 tsp. very finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

6 to 8 fresh mint leaves, very finely sliced

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Raw or turbinado sugar for sprinkling


In a bowl, combine the butter, granulated sugar and salt. Using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat until smooth. Add the egg, orange zest, thyme and mint and beat until well mixed. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour in 3 batches, beating after each addition, until combined. Divide the dough in half and shape each portion into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour or up to overnight.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and position the rack in the middle level. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.


Remove the dough logs from the refrigerator. For round cookies, roll the plastic-wrapped logs on a work surface (like rolling a rolling pin) to smooth the sides, keeping the diameter uniform. For square cookies, using your hands, tap each wrapped log on 4 sides against the work surface to flatten the sides evenly. Unwrap the logs and, using a sharp knife, cut the logs crosswise into slices about 1/4 inch thick.


Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle each cookie with a pinch of raw sugar. Bake the cookies, rotating the sheets front to back after about 5 minutes, until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.


Let the cookies cool on the pans on wire racks for a few minutes, then use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to wire racks and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.


For more great recipes, check out our cookbook Williams-Sonoma Good Food to Share by Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan.

7 comments about “Cookie of the Day: Citrus-Herb Cookies

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  2. vivian

    Ohh so good. I suggest for a change of pace to substitute some ground lavender in the cookie for the thyme. Check out my website for culinary lavender that can be used in many of the delicious recipes that is on the Williams Sonoma site. I love it. I even used a bit of my famous Lavender spice of life in Williams and Sonoma turkey gravy for thanksgiving and it was sooooo good. Vivian

  3. brand

    This website is awesome. I continually encounter some thing new & different right here. Thank you for that data.

  4. burcu

    My 6 year old loved the cookies, best cookies in the world was her verdict 🙂
    Such a different flavour combination; orange flavour goes very well with the herbs.

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