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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
33 mins
 

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!

Servings: 16 cookies
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
  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.

 

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11 Comments

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    Honey and Vanilla Madeleines
    03/21/2017 at 1:12 pm

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    Holly
    03/21/2017 at 7:14 pm

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

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/22/2017 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Holly! My thoughts exactly – a scone & jam in cookie form. 🙂

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    03/21/2017 at 8:54 pm

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    Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    03/21/2017 at 11:47 pm

    My husband, a marmalade nut, would love these! What a delicious sounding recipe! Perfect for the theme.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/22/2017 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks Karen! My husband is a marmalade fan too! And he gave these cookies a thumbs up so I know your husband would love them as well.

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    cakespy
    03/23/2017 at 1:27 pm

    What a creative and delicious cookie concept!! I love the idea of lemon and basil in these lovely cookies.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/27/2017 at 9:44 am

      Thanks so much! It was a new combination for me but I really liked having a savory cookie when I’m not feeling in the mood for something sweet.

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    yummysmells
    03/24/2017 at 7:37 pm

    how lovely! basil and citrus is so good

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    Felice
    03/25/2017 at 2:22 pm

    Your cookies look delicious, and luckily I have a lot of basil on hand at the moment so I am looking forward to trying them.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/27/2017 at 9:42 am

      Isn’t basil great! If you like a savory cookie & basil I am sure you’ll love them.

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