Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies – #CreativeCookieExchange

Our savory & not too sweet Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies are perfect for teatime or an afternoon snack. A lemon shortbread cookie takes a savory route with the addition of basil, then the center is filled with orange marmalade. The combination is a winner!

Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies | 2 Cookin Mamas Our savory & not too sweet Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies are perfect for teatime or afternoon snack. It's a shortbread cookie filled with orange marmalade. #recipe

Just in time for Spring, the great group of food bloggers from The Creative Cookie Exchange are back to bring you delicious cookies for your afternoon tea or snack break.

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of afternoon tea? I have to admit my first thought was cucumber sandwiches which is about as far from a cookie as you can get. But that thought gave me the basis of the cookie I developed today. The cookie should be more on the savory side, like my Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies, and definitely not as sweet as a normal cookie, more on the order of a scone.

Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies and tea | 2 Cookin Mamas

I started with my tried and true shortbread recipe, one I use for my Chocolate Chip Toffee Shortbread, just to keep it simple. I then added lemon, which always goes well with tea, and a little orange zest for tartness. Keeping to the savory side, I slipped in a little basil then topped it all with some orange marmalade (a la scones and jam) to round out the tea tray.

Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies form balls | 2 Cookin Mamas

And the good news is that these cookies are not only delicious but super simple to make. Just add all the ingredients together except the marmalade and sanding sugar. Mix well. Form into balls and place on cookie sheet.

Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies making thumbprint | 2 Cookin Mamas

Make an indent in each cookie.

Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies a dab of marmalade | 2 Cookin Mamas

Add marmalade to the thumbprint, sprinkle with sugar and bake.

Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies cooling 2 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Let cool and enjoy with a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies bite 2 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Want more tea time goodies? Check out the links below and you’re sure to find your next favorite snack.

Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies

Yield: About 16 cookies.

15 minPrep Time

18 minCook Time

33 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated fine
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, grated fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Orange marmalade
  • Sanding sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, confectioners sugar, butter, lemon juice, basil, zests and salt in a large bowl. Blend with electric mixer until well combined.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop onto cookie sheet or use your hand to form small balls. All the cookies will fit on one sheet as they do not really spread.
  4. Using the small cookie scoop, dip in a little confectioner's sugar then press into center of cookie to make a well or thumbprint.
  5. Spoon a little orange marmalade in each thumbprint.
  6. Sprinkle cookies with a little sanding sugar.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until turning slightly brown around edges.
  8. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet then remove to wire rack to cool completely.


Cookies in the afternoon at “teatime” are a long held tradition, whether served with tea, coffee or even milk for an after school snack. No matter what you serve with your cookies, we’ve got a great list for you to choose from!

You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:




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  1. Holly says:
    I like the bright, citrus flavors in your shortbread. You've captured the thought of scones and jam in a cookie parcel. Love it!

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