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Asiago Lemon Thyme Shortbread

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Asiago Lemon Thyme Shortbread is a buttery, savory shortbread cracker perfect for the cocktail hour!  Add them to a cheese platter for a luxury touch.

Shortbread is such an elemental food; the rubbing together of flour and butter and sugar produces the most satisfying crumbly buttery texture when it’s baked.

Usually I get the urge to make shortbread during the colder months, and shortbread cookies are a holiday gift giving staple in our house.  But this savory Asiago Lemon Thyme Shortbread calls for a glass of wine on the deck.  Perfect for entertaining. They’d be a great addition to a cheese board.  And so much more satisfying than a cracker.

The great thing about shortbread is you can make it ahead and keep the dough in the fridge or freezer to slice and bake when you need it.

I like to make shortbread in my food processor, it’s quick and easy.  Everything goes in at once, and all you do is pulse the machine until the dough comes together.  The dough will be crumbly, it doesn’t have to be in one lump, but it takes a little experience to recognize this stage.  I like to finish bringing it together with my hands.

Turn the dough out onto a board and form it into a 7-8 inch log, just like slice and bake cookies.  Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for a few hours or longer.  You can freeze the dough at this point, too.

When you are ready to bake, just slice the dough with a sharp knife to about 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch.   Arrange the slices on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.  Your kitchen will smell of lemon, cheese and thyme.

They should be very lightly browned, don’t wait for too much color or they’ll be very crispy.  In general shortbread is fairly pale when it’s fully cooked.

Asiago Lemon Thyme Shortbread
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Category: Appetizer, Cheese, Lemon, Shortbread

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Crackers


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup finely shredded Asiago cheese
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • lots of fresh cracked black pepper


  1. set oven to 350F
  2. Put all of the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse, about 30 times, until the dough comes together.
  3. Remove from the processor and bring the dough into a lump, using your hands. Work it slightly if it is still crumbly.
  4. Form it into a smooth 7-8 inch log. Wrap in plastic wrap, smoothing it out as you wrap, and twist the ends securely.
  5. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least a few hours, or overnight. I like to cradle the log of dough on a thick dish towel so it remains round.
  6. Slice into 1/4 - 3/8 inch thick slices and bake on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet for about 10 minutes. The shortbreads will still be quite pale.
  7. Let cool for a few minutes on the pan, and then on a rack


recipe adapted from Ina Garten


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    Linda Huling
    August 18, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Love this recipe. 5 stars. don’t know where to rate it…

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      August 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Oh thanks Linda!! You can rate it right on the recipe, and thanks so much :) Those stars are a big help :)

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    December 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

    5 stars
    Hi Sue! I’ve made these before and they were fantastic. I just whipped up a batch and put it in the freezer to firm up. I started to cut them and they are completely crumbly. I did it the same way as last time. It almost seems like the mixture wasn’t moist enough. Help!!

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      December 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Sometimes if you don’t mix the dough really thoroughly the butter and flour don’t bind together and it can be crumbly ~ could that have been an issue? Also it’s easy to measure flour differently every time, and you may have gotten more flour than you did the first time. Another thought is that the log might have been too cold, sometimes having it a little softer helps with the slicing. Hope this helps Whitney.

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    Kendall S.
    December 14, 2017 at 8:43 am

    How many cookies does your recipe normally make?

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      December 14, 2017 at 9:02 am

      About a dozen, Kendall, depending on how thick you slice them.

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    June 7, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Have you ever run across the herb lovage and thought to experiment with recipes? I would love to know as I have a huge 6 foot plant in my garden that comes up every year to taunt me to use it for something…it is an old medieval herb…not much used today but I think is a component in the Maggi sauce. Very like celery/parsley and a hint of yeast!

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      January 26, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Fascinating, and no, I have no experience with it!

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      December 17, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Most próbálna old English lovage. Very common in Germany.

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        December 17, 2019 at 8:55 am

        Most probably, sorry autocorrect…

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    Therese Nelson
    May 4, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Do you think these would work out if I used Pamela’s gluten free baking mix?
    Thank you!

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      May 4, 2016 at 9:21 am

      I have made shortbread with Bob’s Red Mill gluten free baking mix and it works, but the texture is just a little different, as you would expect, Therese. So I would assume your baking mix would work, too.

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    December 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Could I sub parmagiano for the asiago? Looks like a great recipe, and I have everything else on hand. Can’t wait to try it — wine and crackers for a Monday night!

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      December 7, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Of course, feel free to substitute any hard cheese!

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    October 24, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Recipe says 2 heaping Tablespoons – of what ? It’s listed right after the butter .
    Thanks !

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      October 25, 2015 at 8:05 am

      That was a typo, Amy, sorry, and thanks for spotting it!

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    February 19, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    One stick of butter = 1cup? Some brands are only 1/2 cup per stick.

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      February 20, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Yes, that’s right, 1 stick of butter is 1/2 cup,

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    February 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

    5 stars
    These are FANTASTIC and dare I say, better than Ina’s!
    Adding the lemon and upping the amount of thyme has made all the difference. I did them in the food processor and it was very quick and easy. I then froze the 9″ log for 30 minutes before slicing them. If I cut them a bit more carefully, I could have gotten 24 but ended up with 22 perfect slices.
    Given I will be serving this to both tea and wine drinkers at 4 PM today, I also added 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar and cut the flour by 2 tablespoons. The shortbread has a delightful, slightly sweet and savory taste.
    Many thanks for ALL your shortbread recipes….they are inspired!

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen
    July 24, 2013 at 3:32 am

    These sound fantastic with a glass of wine as you say with endless flavor combinations. I am definitely a savory person.

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    Air Purifier
    August 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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    August 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    These look so good. I’ve thought about making these before…but now will for sure!

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    August 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

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    August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I’m always intrigued by savory cookies and these look nothing short of delicious!

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    August 2, 2011 at 4:33 am

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    August 2, 2011 at 4:16 am

    I have to make these! I also love making these lemon basil shortbread cookies.

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    August 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    These are amazing! I am making them this weekend!!!

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    Everything Coastal
    August 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    oh my! I am printing – these look fabulous!


    PS discovered your blog via Nantucket Daffodil!

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    Jane and Lance Hattatt
    August 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Hello Sue:
    These look so good and definitely different from a cheese cracker!!

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    The Caked Crusader
    August 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    You can’t go wrong with Ina – I want to try her rum and raisin truffle recipe.
    Your biscuits are beautiful

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    Nantucket Daffodil
    August 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    These look AMAZING!!!! I may need to adapt to gluten free and try.

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    August 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    These look absolutely incredible. Great pics.