Candied Lemon and Thyme Salted Chocolate Chippers

Candied Meyer Lemons and Fresh Thyme combined into one scrumptious Chocolate Chunk Cookie and finished with Fleur de Sel. Plus, find out what makes this cookie so soft and chewy.

Candied Meyer Lemon, Thyme and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chippers by Deliciously Yum!

Okay, today we are talking cookies again. Ready? I know I certainly am.

These cookies were a total experiment on so many levels.

First of, I just can’t get Meyer Lemons out of my head. Something about this time of year has me craving citrus, especially these wonderful lemons. So yeah, we are using whole lemons in this recipe, rind and all. And you’ll be transforming them into one amazing little snack. Turning lemons into candy might one of the best things I’ve done in a while. I am already obsessed with them, but being able to eat these plain? I’m in big trouble. They are sweet, tart, sour and perfectly lemony all at the same time. It’s incredible.

Candied Meyer Lemon and Thyme Salted Chocolate Chippers by Deliciously Yum!

Second, herbs in cookies. Do it. I know, I know. I was hesitant too, but always wanted to give it a go. So I picked one of my favorites and one that goes extremely well with lemon. It’s a classic combination that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the sweet stuff either.

The way this cookie dough smells will knock your socks off. Just wait until you bake them. Mmmmmm.

Candied Meyer Lemon, Thyme and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chippers by Deliciously Yum!

And don’t forget the salt. A good sprinkling right after these come out of the oven is pretty much mandatory, but you can do whatever works best for you. Sea salt and lemon? Well, that’s another fabulous combo. I love how that happens. One good thing leads to another and before you know it, you created the cookie of your dreams. At least my dreams, ha!

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The other thing I always wanted to try was adding a package of vanilla pudding mix to the dough. So in it went. What followed made history in the Deliciously Yum kitchen. Biting into one of these cookies is like biting into a cloud. Or what I imagine that would taste like. So pillowy, soft and chewy. It’s amazing. I am pretty sure we will be stockpiling vanilla pudding mix packages in our pantry from now on. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to jump on the pudding train.

Candied Meyer Lemon, Thyme and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chippers by Deliciously Yum!

 Let’s just savor the moment, shall we?!

Candied Meyer Lemon and Thyme Salted Chocolate Chippers via Deliciously Yum!

You should also know that this cookie dough doesn’t require any refrigeration. There is a time and place for chilling your dough, but it’s absolutely not necessary for this one. Quick, easy, and utterly delicious. Like I needed one more reason to love this recipe, lol.

Candied Meyer Lemon, Thyme and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chippers by Deliciously Yum!

Alright, friends. Hope you give these cookies a try – the perfect way to celebrate the first day of Spring, which is less than 24 hours away. Woohoo!

Candied Lemon and Thyme Salted Chocolate Chippers
Yields 24
These cookies pack some serious lemon flavor complemented by fresh thyme and lots of melted chocolate. The sea salt sprinkled on top pulls it all together. One of the chewiest and most delightful cookies I have ever had.
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  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup shortening
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1 (3.4 oz.) package vanilla instant pudding mix
  6. 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  11. 1 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
  12. zest of one Meyer lemon
  13. 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, about 4 sprigs
  14. sea salt, for sprinkling
To make Candied Meyer Lemons
  1. 2 Meyer lemons, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  2. 2 cups granulated sugar
  3. 2 cups water
  1. 1. Start by making the candied Meyer lemons. Combine sugar and water in a skillet and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, cut 2 lemons into 1/4-inch slices and place into the boiling sugar water (make sure sugar is completely dissolved).Turn heat down and let simmer for 30 minutes or until lemons are translucent (cover with the lid or a piece of parchment paper). Remove skillet from the stove and let the slices cool completely in the syrup. Transfer lemon slices from the skillet to a wire rack (you may want to place a paper towel underneath the wire rack to catch any drippings) and let dry completely. I ended up placing the wire rack in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes to speed up the drying process. If you choose to do that as well, keep an eye on the slices to prevent them from burning or getting brown.
  2. 2. Once the slices are close to being dry, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Prepare the cookie dough in your stand mixer. Cream together butter, shortening, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add pudding mix and combine. Next, add both of the eggs and vanilla extract. Once incorporated, add baking soda and salt. Slowly add flour and stir until well combined.
  3. 3. Remove bowl from the mixer and stir in chocolate chunks. Add zest of one lemon and fresh thyme leaves.
  4. 4. Remove Meyer lemon slices from the oven and turn to 350 degrees F. Cut candied lemon slices into chunks and gently incorporate into the dough. Scoop 2-3 tablespoons of dough per cookie onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown on the edges. Remove and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Let cool for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. Repeat with remaining cookies. Enjoy!
  1. Cookies will keep up to 1 week stored in an airtight container or up to 2 months in the freezer.
  2. Method for Candied Meyer lemons adapted from
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  1. Oh my goodness these cookies are divine. I recently did a lemon and thyme combo with other citrus and dessert too, but I love this combo with the addition of chocolate. Yummy!

    • Thanks, Rochelle! I had no idea how wonderful this combo would work in cookies. And the addition of chocolate really sets it over the top ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What an experiment! LOVE the flavor combinations. Truly sounds divine. Totally want to try these sometime soon! Pinning for sure! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. These are the most beautiful cookies I have ever seen! What a great combo of flavors!

  4. Wow, what an interesting cookie! I am definitely intrigued, it looks so gourmet. I will have to try these out for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Holy moly do the flavors in this sound amazing! I can picture myself serving this along with a big pot of tea in the afternoon and pretending I’m a fancy lady.

    • Haha, that’s exactly what I thought – these cookies look a little gourmet and I am not that fancy at all :). But hey, there’s nothing wrong with pretending once in a while, huh?! Thank you, Natalie!

  6. I’m dying over this flavor combination! This recipe is sure to help out in my current obsession with all things citrus! Pinned!

  7. These look delicious- you can’t beat a good cookie!

  8. Kathi, these cookies look so good! What an interesting idea, but it looks like it definitely works! I have never used herbs in cookies, but I love the idea! Pinning!

    • I had no idea what herbs in cookies would taste like, but it works like a charm. You should definitely try it sometime. Thank you!!

  9. I love this springy twist on a chocolate chip cookie!!! You are so brave for adding thyme now I have to try it!!!

    • Thanks, Karen! I love trying out new things and it only gets better when they work out well :). You will love it – herbs in cookies are ah-mazing!

  10. Wow! All of my favorite things in one cookie!!! I can’t wait to try these. Pinning!

    • Thank you so much, Christin. Glad to hear you love these flavors as much as I do. This is definitely the cookie for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. WOW, these cookies are amazing! I would of never thought of putting all these delicious add-ins into a cookie. I can’t wait to try this recipe, Kathi! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

    • This was one of my crazy cookie ideas and unlike some others, these turned out really well, ha. Let me know how you like them if you give them a try :). Thank you, Jenn!!

  12. Kathi, this is hitting all of my pleasure buttons! I’m a sucker for salted cookies, a sucker for fresh herbs, and a super-duper sucker for candied citrus peel–so you KNOW these are in my future! I just pinned them to like 5 different boards to share the love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. What an incredible combination of flavors – I would never have thought of combining lemon, chocolate and thyme in a cookie and topping it with salt! Brilliant!

  14. I have wanted to try using fresh herbs in cookies for so long now!! I love the sound of the thyme / lemon combo!

  15. Chocolate and candied oranges in cookies? I need these in my life ASAP! What a great flavor combo Kathi!!

  16. I love the flavour combination! Candied lemons and chocolate seem to complement each other so well; perfect or those chocolate chip cookies!

  17. Kathi, I’m kinda obsessing over these cookies! I love the idea of using herbs in cookies, but I’ve never done it. You have me convinced! Also, I can’t get over the color contrast of the candied lemon and the chocolate chunks. Hello, beautiful!

    • Awww, your comments always make me smile, Ashley. Thank you so much – and yes, you should try adding herbs to your cookies. You will be surprised how well it works!

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