Thyme Lemon Spelt Shortbread Sticks

These golden wholemeal spelt shortbread sticks are not too sweet and full of fragrances and characters. They are seasoned with fresh thyme, lemon zest and a sprinkling of fleur de sel. If you do enjoy a little digestives in the snack, this is the right one for you. They're irresistible plain or served with a cheese dip.
Adapted from Food

  • 60 g Bio wholemeal spelt
  • 140 g All purpose flour
  • 40 g Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Finely grated lemon peel
  • 2 tsp Fresh thyme, chopped
  • 150 g Butter, at room temperature
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 tsp Fleur de sel
  1. Stir together the flours, sugar, salt, lemon peel and chopped thyme. Cut in butter and rub together, using your fingertips, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Lightly beaten eggs and reserve 1 tablespoon of the egg mixture for brushing.
  2. Add the remaining egg mixture and blend until dough comes together. Wrap the dough in a plastic film and chill for 1 hour until firm. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll the dough between plastic films into a rectangle, about 12x7-inch. Cut the shortbread dough in half, forming two 6x7-inch rectangles. Using a pizza wheel, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips. Place the shortbread on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with the reserved egg mixture and sprinkle sea salt on top. Bake for about or minutes until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Maris (In Good Taste) 25/5/11 14:30

These are so interesting and I love the pictures!

Lora 25/5/11 14:47

Fantastic! I love baking with spelt. Great job with these.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine 25/5/11 14:48

These look so yummy, like your pictures as usual..

Katerina 25/5/11 15:07

They are the perfect appetizers for a friendly gathering or a party!

Faith 25/5/11 15:13

What a beautiful combination of flavors in these shortbread cookies! Your pictures are gorgeous!

Pacheco Patty 25/5/11 15:16

I have all the ingredients for these lovely shortbread sticks, great recipe, I've been wanting to make something with my spelt flour;-)

Tiffany 25/5/11 15:25

I think these look AMAZING! They would be great with soup or salad toooooooo! :D

kitchen flavours 25/5/11 15:28

I have been thinking of shortbread the whole week and here I am seeing your lovely shortbread! Lemon and thyme sounds really good! And your tic-tac-toe arrangement is really nice! :)

Jeannie 25/5/11 15:36

So beautiful! I like the way you arranged the sticks like tic-tac-toc:D

Jelena 25/5/11 15:40

These look fabulous. I love the addition of the lemon! Bravo for the great recipe choice! always on the look out for great bread sticks and dips!

Sharmilee! :) 25/5/11 15:41

Shortbread sticks is a lovely idea..looks so crispy n yummy

Rosa's Yummy Yums 25/5/11 15:49

Those are fabulous! Perefect with a fresh glass of white wine and a few olives.



Sandhya Hariharan 25/5/11 16:06

They are quite interesting.. V similar to bread sticks??

Katie@Cozydelicious 25/5/11 16:13

What a perfect little snack! These look wonderful. I haven;t worked much with spelt flour but I'll have to try!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 25/5/11 16:14

I love this twist, sound so good.

Fresh Garden 25/5/11 16:14

The sticks of heaven! Yay!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 25/5/11 16:28

They look very irresistible! I love lemon with thyme. Perfect flavor combination.

Elisabeth 25/5/11 16:42

I would eat the whole batch by myself...such a tasty treat! Love the designs of the way you presented it, Angie!

Wilde in the Kitchen 25/5/11 17:21

These look perfect and would love to have them with a good cheese dip!

Kumi 25/5/11 17:25

Thyme lemon shortbread sounds like a perfect thing for spring time tea... thanks for sharing!

Cheah 25/5/11 18:11

The shortbread sticks look tempting and your pictures just tell them all!

Tina 25/5/11 18:13

Great use of flavors here, always in favor of shortbread anything. Making shortbread into something savory is quite innovative. Glad I stopped in.

Nitha 25/5/11 18:45

Delicious short bread .. and love your arrangements too...

Belinda @zomppa 25/5/11 18:55

These are so lovely. Just lovely.

Foodie Ann 25/5/11 19:05

Beautiful...Looks very crisp...

Ivy 25/5/11 19:20

I haven't tried spelt before but these sticks look gorgeous and so inviting.

Vimitha Anand 25/5/11 19:41

Love love the second photo... Yummy short breads with superb flavor combination

Priya 25/5/11 19:57

Very addictive and stunning shortbread sticks, fabulous..

RavieNomNoms 25/5/11 22:09

GORGEOUS! Such a great idea too! I mean really...

I have been on such a lemon kick lately so these were just screaming at me when I saw my inbox. They look delicious and irresistible!

Kate@Diethood 25/5/11 22:10

They look amazing! I would love to serve these for some dinner guests. Thanks for sharing, Angie!

Heavenly Housewife 25/5/11 22:52

I love the idea of this savoury shortbread. I think it would make a great party snack.
*kisses* HH

Pola 26/5/11 00:11

Another great recipe! I have been craving shortbread lately, but don't fancy too sweet things.... this could be the perfect recipe!

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen 26/5/11 00:49

Omg these look PERFECT! I can't wait to try these!

girlichef 26/5/11 01:26

I already have your 5-Spice Spelt Crackers bookmarked to I totally want to try these, too...they're beautiful! Such gorgeous pictures, too.

Anne 26/5/11 03:42

These look great! I love the combination of lemon and thyme :)

sangeeta 26/5/11 05:53

I like savory munchies and here i can smell the fresh thyme ..Lovely pics.

Lisa H. 26/5/11 06:28

ooohhh yummy... with thyme.
Wish I could pull out one stick out of the stacko ;)

theUngourmet 26/5/11 07:20

These do look fantastic! I love fleur de sel, it's such a lovely and fragrant blend. :)

Dajana 26/5/11 08:58

I so love thyme that I'd put it everywhere. These sticks look really delicious.

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Anonymous 26/5/11 10:06

I absolutely love that these have fresh thyme in them and lemon zest - fabulous.
:-) Mandy

megi 26/5/11 13:08

The savory shortbreads look amazing and what a beautiful presentation! Do you think these can be made ahead of time and frozen? Thank you!

Jo 26/5/11 14:45

Wow, looks really delicious and the thyme must have made the shortbread even more flavourful.

cajunlicious 26/5/11 16:09

These look sooooo good!
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~ Chef Louise 26/5/11 16:13

Great food styling- these look like they need a glass of wine!

Joanne 26/5/11 16:59

I would be so thrilled to have these around to snack on! Lemon and thyme is a fantastic flavor combo!

Mary 26/5/11 18:48

I really love your presentation. The cheese sticks sound wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Fimère 26/5/11 18:52

ils sont bien parfumés, j"adore
bonne soirée

Beth 26/5/11 19:45

I love the photos! Your shortbread sticks are so pretty.

Angie's Recipes 26/5/11 20:22

Although I haven't tried freezing them, but I think it will work.

Ananda Rajashekar 26/5/11 20:56

Ahhhh i like the sticks and the way you have arranged them way too pretty!

Stevie 27/5/11 02:55

These spelt sticks look quite elegant and sound really good. I particularly like the picture that you've made with them stacked like the base for a log cabin. So cute.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 27/5/11 03:07

I love your spelt stick tower :) They do sound delicious too!

Sarah 27/5/11 03:53

These are so tempting and delicious! And the pics are simply superb!

Torviewtoronto 27/5/11 03:56

yummy delicious to snack looks wonderful

Claudia 27/5/11 04:00

I have yet to bake with spelt although it is on my list. I love the idea of these with some soft goat cheese - the herbs and the lemon make these irresistible.

Radhika @foodfor7stages 27/5/11 05:03

Loved your pics. This is something TH & I will enjoy..


Bag'em and send them my way! I've got to try these.

Anonymous 27/5/11 05:28

Angie look delicious, love the pics!!! gloria
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Anonymous 27/5/11 05:29

Sorry, I forget, Im gloria from Canela Kitchen! gloria

Chris's Gourmet Fashion 27/5/11 06:01

Your breadsticks look really yummy. The only thing I would change is the thyme for rosmary (only because I am badly alergic to thyme though). I always keep telling myself I need to try to make breadsticks, then somehow never get down to it. Your picture is a reminder of my to do list!

Elin 27/5/11 10:22

I don't mind snacking on these flavorful and full of character bread stick :)

lisaiscooking 27/5/11 15:48

These look crispy and delicious! I love the stick shape.

Choclette 27/5/11 17:00

Wonderful flavours and having shortbread in stick format is a great idea - they look lovely.

Priscilla - She's Cookin' 27/5/11 17:24

I've wanted to bake with spelt flour and these buttery, lemon-herb sticks of heaven are just what I've been looking for! Beautifully presented, Angie :)

norma 27/5/11 19:35

How pretty they turned out

aipi 27/5/11 20:10

Crispy n addictive they look! I loved how you arranged them ~ fun n pretty!
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Martha (MM) 28/5/11 14:38

Sure wish I had a little stack of these beauties to nibble on for breakfast this morning - delicious!

michelangelo in the kitchen 28/5/11 15:18

We love to eat grissini at home but never made them ourselves. Your breadsticks look really crispy and delicious, There is no way we could let this pass without making them. I have to search for spelt flour first, of course. Cheers!!!

Sutapa 28/5/11 18:17

It's a very interesting yummy crispy snacks .... it would take a minute for me to finish the whole batch!

Lizzy 28/5/11 20:43

What a beautiful munchie...I love the addition of thyme. And they look to have a marvelous texture...yummy :)

Cake Duchess 29/5/11 03:37

I would gobble these up in a minute!! I love the flavor of thyme and need to try baking with spelt flour. Have a wonderful weekend Angie:)

Betty @ scrambled henfruit 29/5/11 06:59

I've bookmarked this- These little shortbread sticks look so good! They're perfect for starters, or even with a salad. :)

Lucy Lu 29/5/11 18:45

those are looking so yummy and healthy :) mmmmm.. check my dishes and tell me what you think! :)

Maria @ Scandi Foodie 29/5/11 22:44

I can't wait to try these! Perfect for parties, they sound so tasty!

☺lani☺ 30/5/11 14:52

Light and Healthy! Feels like grabbing one :)

Marta Benicá 30/5/11 14:55

Olá, adorei suas receitas, são muito bem preparadas e devem ser muito saborosas também. Um abraço, Marta. Venha me visitar também, será muito benvinda.

Roxana GreenGirl 1/6/11 06:01

I love baking with spelt and these look tempting. Wonderful photos Angie.

Magic of Spice 1/6/11 15:53

What a unique and delightfully interesting snack...I could easily become addicted to these and I bet the texture is amazing :)

Miriam 1/6/11 18:00

I have recently become a HUGE fan of spelt, these are perfect! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Jenny @ Savour the Senses 2/6/11 07:07

I think I could eat an entire basket of these, they look so good! Now I am craving bread before bed haha

lena 2/6/11 16:25

your pic looks so good that i feel like grabbing a few sticks of these!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 3/6/11 22:12

Mmm these look positively addictive. Love the flavor combination!

OysterCulture 6/6/11 03:07

I love breadsticks and as usual, you've added some incredible twists to yours to make them extra special. Cannot wait to try.

megi 6/6/11 12:23

@Angie's Recipes

Hi Angie, thank you for another wonferful recipe, I made the spelt shortbread sticks the other day and they turned out great. I froze half and baked the rest. Thanks again!

Anonymous 10/6/11 16:34

These look delish !!! I am going to try adapting this to a gluten free version - I'm always on the lookout for suitable recipes and this looks like it will work considering the butter and all the savory flavor!


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