Lemon Lime Basil Italian Shortbread Cookies

Italian Cookie Recipes

Michele Romano Recipes lemon lime basil Italian shortbread cookies are unique, savory and one of my very best Italian cookie recipes.

A perfect choice for afternoon tea or just serve them hot out of the oven for dessert with ice cream. Whatever the occasion may be, this Italian cookie recipe is always a hit and a great topic of conversation.

People are amazed at how cookies consisting of lemon and fresh basil can be not only healthy but so delectable!

Note: This recipe makes about 16 cookies, you may want to double this recipe for your pleasure!

Michele Romano Recipes

Italian Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 cup organic unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp grated lime zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Cane sugar for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Blend butter and sugar together using electric mixer or food processor until creamy.
  3. Add in flour, basil, both zests, lemon juice and salt.
  4. Mix until large moist clumps form.
  5. Roll approx 1 tablespoon of dough into balls.
  6. Place 2” apart on a large cookie sheet.
  7. Using a fork, gently flatten cookie balls.
  8. Sprinkle tops of cookies with sugar.
  9. Bake until edges are light brown, about 13-15 minutes.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack.

Yields: approx 16 cookies
Prep time: 30 min.
Cook time: 15 min.

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Health Benefits:

Basil  has been shown to help in the treatment of a range of symptoms, including: digestive disorders, inflammation, infection, diabetes, heart disease and headaches.
Lemon Juice has so many health benefits. From losing weight to controlling blood sugar levels. Lemon juice helps with digestion, skin care, toothaches when messaged on the gums, and it’s anti bacterial properties help fight infections in the throat area. Use it!

Lemon Peel contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. Lemon peels help in eradicating toxic elements in the body.