Citrus Herb Shortbread

Lemon Basil Shortbread – Crazy Ingredient Challenge

It’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge time!

A group of bloggers get together and pick two ingredients that might not normally be paired together to make amazing new recipes. This month we have Lemon and Basil.

fresh lemon and basil


Well, some people might think they are a bit crazy together. But the only challenge for me was deciding on one of the oodles of ideas I had to make: beverage, side dish, with fish, with pasta or maybe a dessert…

It was Ma’am’s birthday this month – shortbread won out. It’s her favorite.

Citrus Herb Shortbread

I started with my basic shortbread recipe that I have made for years. It is great plain with just flour, butter and sugar. But it is also nice to toss in some extra ingredients once in awhile (chai spice anyone?)

You can combine any citrus and fresh herb to make these. I have made Lemon Rosemary Shortbread before and lemon and lavender are another of my favorite flavor combinations. Or you could go with lime or orange or even grapefruit. Toss in your favorite herb (rosemary, thyme, lavender, etc.) and you have a simple and delicious (or is it simply delicious?) cookie.

Be sure to scroll past the recipe to check out what the other bloggers made with these ingredients.

Lemon Basil Shortbread

Prep time15 minutes
Cook time40 minutes
Total time55 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Lemon Basil Shortbread cookies. Simple crispy shortbread with a hint of citrus and kick of peppery basil.


  • 1 lemon (or preferred citrus)
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil (or preferred herb)
  • 1lb butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


You can make these with any combination of citrus fruit (limes, oranges, tangerines) and fresh herbs (rosemary, lavender, thyme).


Using a fine grater or other zesting tool, zest the lemon. Finally chop the basil leaves.
lemon zest and basil
Cube butter into roughly 1/2 inch cubes. Put in a large bowl with flour, sugar and half of the lemon zest and basil.
Citrus Herb Shortbread ingredients
Gently combine with your fingers to make a soft dough. Roll into 2 tubes about 2-3" wide and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Slice cookies 1/4" thick and place an inch apart on cookie sheets.
slice shortbread cookies
Turn down oven to 275 degrees and bake until cookies turn a slightly rosy color (just as they begin to brown). Allow to cool completely
shortbread in the oven
Juice the lemon into a small bowl or cup. In a small bowl add powdered sugar and remaining zest and basil. Thin to desired consistency with lemon juice.
citrus herb glaze
Spoon glaze over each cookie, allow to harden.
spoon glaze on shortbread

Until next time, happy eating.


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29 thoughts on “Lemon Basil Shortbread – Crazy Ingredient Challenge”

    1. I usually do rosemary since I have two hard to control bushes in the yard, but the basil gave it a more peppery kick instead of a bit more floral in the rosemary. Both awesome.

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