Lemon Honey Shortbread

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Biscuits and tea never looked so good! Bursting with lemon flavor, Lemon Honey Shortbread is the perfect accompaniment to a mug of Bigelow tea.

Stack of shortbread cookies in front of cup of tea and tea package

Lemon Honey Shortbread sitting on table paired with cup of tea

I cannot believe that we’re well into January, and that it’s 2016. It’s crazy how quickly time is passing, and I wanted to take a little time today to talk about the new year.

In the past, I’ve shared food goals and resolutions.

Instead of those, I want to focus routines this year. Because let’s be real: I’m a still relatively new mama whose days revolve around her daughter, and establishing any positive routine in my life is gonna be a good thing.

A cup of Tea on a saucer

In 2016, I want to…

  • Start every day at the same time.
  • Get back into an exercise routine that I can continue in cold and warm weather.
  • Take time weekly to reflect and focus on the week ahead.

Package of Lemon Ginger Tea

Starting every day at the same time is going to require a little discipline, and it’s going to require me to set an alarm clock and actually get out of bed. That said, I know it’s do-able, and I have been waking up earlier to be productive during the quiet morning hours.

Getting back into an exercise routine is going to require commitment. Lady Baby, Lucy and I walk around our neighborhood most mornings, and I adore this. I aspire to walk every morning around the same time, and I’d like to begin running again before too long.

As far as taking time for myself to reflect and focus weekly… I aspire to sit down with a mug of tea, a cookie and a planner or notebook to brainstorm, as well as keep myself on track.

Tea aisle in grocery store

Yesterday was the first day I sat down for reflection and focusing on the week ahead.

This past week, I headed down to my local Walmart to pick up some Bigelow tea. As a relatively new tea drinker, I’m always trying different flavors to see what I like.

I grabbed boxes of Bigelow’s Green Tea and Lemon Ginger. They both are perfect for the chilly snap we’ve been experiencing in Dallas recently.

They also go beautifully with this gorgeous Lemon Honey Shortbread I whipped up, too.

Close up of stacked lemon honey shortbread on wood table

I’ve never been to England, but I’ve heard a lot about tea and biscuits. And in my opinion, this Lemon Honey Shortbread is everything you want in a tea time cookie.

The cookies are crunchy and perfect for dipping into your tea of choice.

They taste fresh and perfectly lemon-y.

They’re not too sweet.

And while the flavor is light, the cookies are dense enough to prevent you from scarfing all of the cookies in one sitting. You know… Since this is a real problem. So. Baby steps. Also? Not eating all the cookies in an afternoon is a good goal!

Overhead view of a cup of tea with lemon honey shortbread on rim

I plan to make this recipe and renditions of it in the future to enjoy during my looking ahead time, and I hope y’all enjoy them as much as I do, whether or not you’re sampling these during tea time or baking them to bring as a potluck dessert.

Here’s how you can make these cookies:

Stacked lemon honey shortbread in front of cup of tea
Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Lemon Honey Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Biscuits and tea never looked so good! Bursting with lemon flavor, Lemon Honey Shortbread is the perfect accompaniment to a mug of Bigelow tea.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Raw sugar and honey/water mixture, for decoration


Make the cookie dough

  1. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter, honey, powdered sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy.
  2. Sift together the flour and salt, then add to the wet ingredients, stirring until the batter just comes together.
  3. Lie out a piece of plastic wrap on the counter.
  4. Dollop the batter into the center of the wrap. Seal, then roll into a cookie log.
  5. Transfer the log to the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Bake the cookies

  1. Once your dough has finished chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Remove the cookie dough log from the refrigerator.
  3. Brush the outsides of the dough lightly with the honey/water mixture (until just barely wet), then sprinkle with raw sugar.
  4. Slice the dough into 1/2" cookies.
  5. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2" around each cookie.
  6. Once all the cookies have been sliced and placed on their baking sheet(s), transfer them to the freezer for a 10 minute chill.
  7. Once chilled, transfer the baking sheet(s) to the preheated oven.
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are slightly golden.
  9. Let cool on a wire rack, then enjoy with a favorite cup of tea.


Please note that the total time does not include the chill time.

Recipe adapted from my Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies.

Nutrition Information:


24 cookies

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Stacked lemon honey shortbread in front of cup of tea

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  1. I adore shortbread! This sounds fantastic with the honey and lemon! And with a good cup of tea? Yes please!

    we’re trying to work on waking up at the same time on the weekends (or at least close). The husband has to get up super early during the week (which means I end up getting up) and when we sleep in on the weekends it throws us off so bad on Sunday night!

  2. I’m a uuuuuuge tea drinker and love the idea of relaxing with a steamy mug AND delish shortbread. This lemon-honey idea you’ve got going on it bonkers amazing! I must try that shortbread!

  3. Routines? When my kids were small, my routine was whatever routine they were on. Maybe though–just maybe you can pull it off. I’d need a lot of tea and some cookies to do though! This recipe is so cute. Love it!!

  4. I love a crispy, sandy shortbread biscuit to eat alongside a cup of tea. It’s important to give yourself those moments to gather and refresh and think about how amazing life is and what you want to achieve in the next twelve months. I can’t wait to make these and nibble them while enjoying tea time with my Mum (spending time with her is something I’m prioritising this year).

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