Orange Thyme Icebox Butter Cookies

Orange Thyme Icebox Cookies

One of my favourite sweet cookbooks is the Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.  This book has a wide range of recipes including cookies, quickbreads, cakes, and pastries, lots to satisfy most home bakers.  The instructions are clear, and every recipe I have made from it has been scrumptious.  As well as many common favourites, there are also a few gems that are not in other books of this type such as sfogliatelle, Spanish olive oil wafers, and Breton biscuits to name a few.  This is my favourite cookbook to give to new enthusiastic bakers.

The recipe for icebox cookies is one I return to again and again.  The cookies are a combination of crisp and buttery.  Many different flavourings work, as well as the addition of nuts and spices.  My most recent take on these cookies was to add thyme and orange rind for the spicings.  The resulting cookies are semi sweet and go well with afternoon tea or also with cheese for an appertif.

One of my favourite recipes in the book

After shaping the dough into logs, refrigerate and slice, easy peasy!

Use a really sharp knife.  I used a ceramic knife and it worked perfectly.

The texture is the best, like shortbread but with a crunch.

The recipe?  In the book.  The flavouring is 1 1/2 tsp of thyme,  grated orange rind from one orange, and about a 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

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