Honey Lemon Shortbread Cookies {and a surprise baby shower!}

by Rachel Gurk on October 14, 2013 · 56 comments

in Cookies & Bars

These honey lemon shortbread cookies are perfect for a girly event like a baby shower but even the most manly-man will devour these cookies.

Honey Lemon Shortbread Cookies | RachelCooks.com
I am so excited to be teaming up with a whole bunch of food bloggers to throw a surprise virtual baby shower for Liz of The Lemon Bowl. Liz is one of my closest blogging friends (she put up with me and my spreadsheet obsession during the planning of Taste of MI so that says a lot in and of itself!).


Liz is also one of the post positive, encouraging people I know (it’s almost annoying sometimes…kidding, Liz!). Who also isn’t afraid to give you a reality check/wake up call when you need one. And I think that’s what true friends do.


Today we’re celebrating! Liz is having her second baby boy! I cannot wait to meet this little guy and see if he is as cute as his big brother is (no doubt in my mind, he will be!). Liz is a great mom and she is going to have so much fun watching her two boys play together and grow close.

Having two kids is the most amazing thing ever, Liz. It’s so special to watch your kids develop such unconditional love and affection for each other. And now I’m going to cry.

Love you, Liz. Congrats!!!


For your shower, in honor of you, we asked everyone to make a recipe that included lemon as a recipe. Duh — the theme was not hard to come up with. I hope you love browsing all the lemon recipes. I made these honey lemon shortbread cookies for you. Maybe just this once you can splurge and enjoy the rich buttery goodness of these indulgent cookies. Honey and lemon are a match made in heaven. The sugar on top gives these such great texture. Hope you love them!




Honey Lemon Shortbread Cookies {and a surprise baby shower!}

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: about 40 cookies

Serving Size: 1-2 cookies

These honey lemon shortbread cookies are perfect for a girly event like a baby shower but even the most manly-man will devour these cookies.


  • 3 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup honey, plus extra for brushing cookies (2-3 tablespoons)
  • turbinado sugar for sprinkling on cookies before baking


  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar for about 3 minutes or until light in color and fluffy. Add 1/4 cup honey and lemon zest and beat until just combined. Scrape sides of bowl as necessary. Add flour mixture gradually and continue to mix until just combined. Move dough onto a large sheet of wax or parchment paper and shape into a long, skinny log (about 2 inches in diameter). Roll up in the parchment or wax paper and freeze dough overnight.
  2. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take dough out of the freezer and cut slices off that are about 1/4-inch thick. Place on parchment or Silpat-lined baking sheets. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of honey in microwave for 10-15 seconds. Brush over cookies and immediately sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden brown. Let cool about 5 minutes on baking sheets before removing to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.

Please take some time to browse all the other lemony recipes created in honor of Liz today! (Listed below.) And make sure to head over to Liz’s site and offer up your congratulations!




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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots October 14, 2013 at 6:16 am

I love a good shortbread. These look fabulous Rachel! It was a pleasure bringing desserts to the baby shower with you! :D Thank you so much for organizing this beautiful celebration!


2 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Thanks Caroline! I loved surprising Liz :)


3 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen October 14, 2013 at 7:33 am

This is my favorite kind of cookie, I could eat them all day long! So perfect for Liz’s Shower.

Thanks for putting it all together!


4 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Thanks Miss! I love shortbread too.


5 Kathryn October 14, 2013 at 7:55 am

This is such a sweet thing for you guys to do. Love shortbread cookies especially when they’re so beautifully flavoured as these ones are.


6 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Thanks Kathryn! The honey and lemon was such a delicate yet perfect combination.


7 Ali | Gimme Some Oven October 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

These cookies look so delightful! Thank you so much for all of your work organizing the shower. Such a beautiful celebration of Liz!!


8 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Thanks Ali! And thanks for participating. Loved your post :)


9 Amy Allen Clark October 14, 2013 at 8:57 am

Oh, how special to have a friend like that! These cookies look so delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe!


10 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Thanks Amy! And thanks for participating in the shower!


11 Erika October 14, 2013 at 8:57 am

How Sweet!! Love anything lemon so these shortbread cookies are a must try!


12 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Thanks Erica! The lemon is perfect to cut the richness of the shortbread.


13 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

I am literally smiling from ear to ear. Thank you so much for this incredible, heart-felt surprise!!!! I honestly can’t even put into words how happy I am at this moment. I feel so blessed to have met you and to be a part of this incredible community!!!! THANK YOU for putting this all together!!!!!! xoxoxoxo


14 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

We all love you! PS: The honey in the photos is from the Downtown Market. <3


15 Amanda October 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

Will those cookies melt in my mouth? Cause they look like they would absolutely positively just be heavenly. I think its imperative that you send me some immediately so that I may test out this theory. ;)


16 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Yes they do! If I still had any, I’d mail them to you. ;)


17 ashley - Baker by Nature October 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

Oh girl, these cookies are a HIT! I love shortbread anything, so I know we would go crazy for these!!! Thank you for all your hard work and help planning this event! You’re amazing!!!


18 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Thanks Ashley! xo


19 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite October 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

These cookies look fab and are perfect for the baby shower.


20 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Thanks Meagan!


21 Christina October 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

How sweet! I love when the blogging community comes together to do something like this. Lemon cookies are one of my favorites, can’t wait to try them!


22 Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily October 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Lemon and honey in a cookie? So perfect with a cup of hot tea. I can see myself sitting out on my back patio with these in the very near future! Liz is lucky to have such good friends!


23 Megan I The Emotional Baker October 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

What a sweet tribute to Liz! These cookies look absolutely amazing. I will have to try them.


24 Sandy Coughlin October 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Your photography is so beautiful. These are darling! Thanks for celebrating Liz with us!


25 The Healthy Apple October 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

These are adorable; so cute Rachel!!


26 Javi Trulove @ T3treats October 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Awwww such an amazing treat… this cookies are to die for.. perhaps i can make a sandwich with them and filling it with some cream cheese… my mouth is watery right now hehhee


27 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain October 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Rachel, these are stunning! Thanks so much for helping to put all of this together! You are a rock star my dear!


28 Cassie | Bake Your Day October 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm

These are incredible!! Shortbread cookies are one of my favorites!


29 Laurie {Simply Scratch} October 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

Ohhhh yes, yes and YES! Honey and lemon IN A SHORTBREAD?! It’s pure genius!


30 Faith (An Edible Mosaic) October 15, 2013 at 1:12 am

Such beautiful cookies, I bet they are perfect with a cup of tea! Thanks so much for the work you did you organize this event!


31 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats October 15, 2013 at 10:14 am

I love shortbread! These cookies sound perfect! Such a wonderful and fun surprise! Thank you for putting it all together!


32 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Aww, what a sweet post. Thank you for organizing the shower! You three did an awesome job. :)

And these cookies look amazing. Lemon shortbread are definitely the best type of shortbread!


33 Nikki @Seeded at the Table October 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Such beautiful cookies, Rachel! Thank you for hosting this shower. What a great turn out!! :)


34 Deborah October 16, 2013 at 2:37 am

I love shortbread and I’m really loving this flavor combination! Thank you so much for being such a great host!


35 Christy @ My Invisible Crown October 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I love shortbreads so these sound perfect! I don’t know Liz but I saw lot’s of yummy things on Instagram the day of the shower. Looks like you guys did a great job!


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