Lemon Basil Marmalade Cookies

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!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Author Linda Warren


  • 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.