Go Back

brown sugar olive oil shortbreads with sugared thyme


Sugared Thyme

  • 10-12 small sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup sugar such as Florida Crystals® Raw Cane Sugar


  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (tested with King Arthur brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar such as Florida Crystals® Brown Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar such as Florida Crystals® Organic Powdered Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot water


To make Sugared Thyme

  • Steep fresh thyme in hot water for 5 minutes. Remove from water and pat dry.
  • Sprinkle thyme with sugar and allow to dry.

To make Cookies

  • Combine flour, xanthan gum, brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Add olive oil and stir until a dough forms. Stir in thyme leaves.
  • Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Cut cookies out with a 2 1/2-inch cutter. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gather scraps; reroll and cut to use all of dough.
  • Bake at 325° for 28 minutes or until fragrant and golden. Allow to cool.

For Icing

  • Combine powdered sugar and hot water to make a thick icing.
  • Ice one-half tops of each cookie. Place a sugared thyme sprig on top of icing. Allow icing to dry.