Lemongrass Shortbread Cookies

Lemongrass Shortbread Cookies

The marriage of two glorious addictions ~ Lemongrass Shortbread Cookies.

Lemongrass is like catnip for me. I want to eat it, drink it, inhale its bright earthy aroma… Heck, I’d be happy to roll in it.  Ever since my first encounter with lemongrass in Asian Cuisine, I’ve been hooked.

Lemongrass Cookies

With a bright lemon essence and a grassy back-note, lemongrass is rightly named. Its intoxicating fragrance is mystically calming and healing. No wonder its used in numerous teas, candles, soap, even lotions. Secretly, I cannot resist buying lemongrass products; they add a little spark of joy to my day.

This year, instead of spending a fortune on lemongrass loot, I invested in a lemongrass plant. Its long green blades and rusty shoots have flourished in the summer sun. The only problem is… I FORGOT ALL ABOUT IT!

Cooking With Lemongrass

I had lofty aspirations of tea, cocktails, sorbet, even a possible souffle. Yet in the midst of vacations, chasing kids, and endless hours at the pool, it’s grown untouched all season. Now that the kids are back in school and my regular routine is emerging, I’m ready to get my hands on that plant.

To pay homage to this most beloved herb, I’m incorporating it into the only other food that effects me with uncontrollable passion… Shortbread. There are a handful of shortbread recipes here on ASP. The crisp buttery layers and velvety crumb make shortbread the perfect cookie, in my opinion. Combined with poppy lemongrass, tender shortbread cookies are EVEN MORE irresistible.

Lemongrass Glaze

Lemongrass Shortbread Cookies bring two alluring components together for a zippy luxurious treat.  I can die a happy girl.


Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Lemongrass Shortbread Cookies


3 sticks (1 ½ cups) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ Tb. lemongrass, minced extra fine, divided
1 Tb. water
3 ¼ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
3 Tb. milk
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
Food coloring


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using your electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla together until it is combined.

Place the lemongrass and 1 TB. water together in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute to loosen the flavors. Divide into two equal portions.

Turn the mixer on low, then add half the lemongrass, salt and flour a little at a time, until the dough comes together.

Dump the dough onto a floured work surface. Roll the dough out until it is 1/3 of an inch thick. Using a floured 2–inch cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Try to cut out as many as possible from the first sheet of dough. Each time you gather and re-roll the dough the cookies will get a little tougher.

Bake for 20 minutes--until barely golden. Allow the cookies to cool completely.

Pour 3 TB. of milk in a medium bowl. Add the remaining lemongrass and microwave for another minutes to allow the lemongrass to infuse into the milk. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Add a drop of yellow and a tiny drop of green food coloring if desired.

Dip the tops of each cookie in the glaze. Use a spoon to scrape the excess off the sides, then place back on the parchment paper to dry.

Lemongrass Shortbread

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73 Responses to “Lemongrass Shortbread Cookies”

  1. #
    pam — August 29, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    I love lemongrass too, so these sound fantastic!

  2. #
    Lora — August 29, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    Wow, just beautiful flavorful cookies. I love that you used homegrown lemongrass.

  3. #
    Nelya — August 29, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    Your lime green mixer is so cool, it goes perfectly with the lemongrass Shortbread!
    And as always your photos a fabulous.

  4. #
    Laurie Green — August 29, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    Love the recipe! I like mixing herbs with shortbread. It is genius. I make Lavender Shortbreads cookies that are wonderful. The lemongrass is such a creative use for this herb that is not widely used I have not used fresh lemongrass very much in cooking, but now I am inspired.
    Great layout for the photos!
    Laurie from Laurie Bakke’s Cookbook

  5. #

    I’ve not been able to find fresh lemongrass around here at all. I never even thought about growing my own though. Thanks for the idea. I’ll be sure to do it next season! I also adore shortbread, especially very, very good shortbread. I definitely need to give these cookies a try….I can get lemongrass in a tube so maybe I’ll have to make do.

  6. #
    Feast on the Cheap — August 29, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    What a wonderful, fresh idea. Just gorgeous.

  7. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — August 29, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    Sommer these cookies look awesome! I have got to try them when I’m back from vacation. Thank you.

  8. #
    Kelly — August 29, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    These look incredible and are so cute! What a great recipe!! :)

  9. #
    Bev Weidner — August 29, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    Those are so cute I could snuggle them!

  10. #
    Heather — August 29, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Shortbread is great and lemongrass is amazing–but together? To die for! What a great idea. :)

  11. #
    marla — August 29, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Check out that glaze girl!! Love these cookies…..the fresh lemongrass is such an elegant twist!

  12. #
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — August 29, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I’ve never used lemongrass but you are inspiring me! The catnip comment cracked me up – so funny. Yep shortbread is perfect in any form. Yum. I love the light green color in your glaze and will look for a lemongrass plant next spring :) Have a great week of uninterrupted kitchen fun.

  13. #
    Jodi@garlicgirl.com — August 29, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    These look so lovely. What a great combination. Totally going on my list of things to bake in the very near future. Thanks.

  14. #
    ag — August 29, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    These cookies and photos are absolutely gorgeous!

  15. #
    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — August 29, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    These look and sound incredible!! Yes…I thumbed them up, favorite them, bookmarked them and all other kinds of things to make sure I make these babies. Mmmmm……..

  16. #
    Steve @ HPD — August 29, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    That looks and sounds delish. Which I could smell it from here!!

    Just saw the shortbread episode on America’s Test Kitchen. Your version looks way simpler. They required cutting a hole out of the middle, because the middle never bakes completely, then baking three different times at three different temps, the last time with a wooden spoon holding the door open. Crazy!

  17. #
    Joy — August 29, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    That is such a cool combo. I would never think of using lemongrass.

  18. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 29, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Oh wow, these are great! I love the lemongrass and the shortbread together! Shortbread is one of my favorite kind of cookie!

  19. #
    Rachel — August 29, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Looks delicious!!

  20. #
    Amy @ Gastronome Tart — August 29, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    I’ve seen these in a cookie before and have wanted to make them ever since. What a great pairing of flavors! They look delicious!

  21. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 29, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    These cookies look so tasty! I love the green color on the glaze! I don’t think that I have ever had lemongrass on a cookie before!

  22. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — August 29, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    Those look fabulous!!! I wonder if lemongrass would grow here in Utah…hmmm.

  23. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — August 29, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    I fell in madly in love with lemongrass this year too after a friend suggested I plant some. I find myself making up ways to use it. These look delicious…

  24. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — August 29, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    Love this, what a unique way to enjoy shortbread. I would never have thought to use lemongrass in a baked good recipe.

  25. #
    Georgia Pellegrini — August 29, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    These look delightful. I love the color and I really love lemongrass!

  26. #
    Helene — August 29, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    What a nice twist on a classic cookie.

  27. #
    mjskit — August 29, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    You take something good and just make it better! Shortbread and lemongrass – WOW!

  28. #
    Linda — August 29, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    Who can’t resist a shortbread cookie, and now infused with lemongrass! I agree it’s an aroma I just love, right along with basil and rosemary! Your photos are gorgeous!

  29. #
    Shirley — August 29, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    Pretty green color on the icing, and I like the scalloped edges too. I’ve only had lemongrass in savory cooking, but I’m intrigued by seeing it featured in a sweet!

  30. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — August 29, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    Even your mixer pays homage to your love of lemongrass, lol. I have to admit it’s a flavor I don’t often use in my cooking or baking but you’ve got me excited about it.

  31. #
    Katie@Cozydelicious — August 29, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    I adore lemon grass! But I have never had it in a sweet treat – I love this idea! Crumbly and addictive I’m sure!

  32. #
    Magic of Spice — August 29, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    I so adore shortbread and I am in love with the idea of gorgeous glaze…Amazing!

  33. #
    claudia lamascolo — August 29, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    These are gorgeous! Hope you didnt have a bad storm in your area and all is well! These would have been all I need in a hurricane to keep me smiling! awesome color and flavors!

  34. #
    Kita — August 29, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    I can relate to your catnip love of lemon grass with the smell of charcoal. Had one of those moments myself tonight, except mine could have ended in permanent scaring if I had actually rolled in it, but you get the idea. I’ve only worked with lemon grass once, but loved it then. These little cookies sound amazing and look so cute! Loving the green mixer and checkered board too! Rockin’ out

  35. #
    Belinda @zomppa — August 29, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    Oh, I love this shortbread! Great “secret” ingredient!

  36. #
    Kathleen — August 29, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    Wow! These sound amazing!

  37. #
    Ann — August 29, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    These look beautiful! Lemongrass MUST be catnip to you….even your mixer is the color of lemongrass!

  38. #
    Julie — August 29, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    These look and sound so good. Ive been eating Lemongrass all my life is savory foods. Never in sweets. A must try recipe for me!

  39. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — August 30, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    How unique and beautiful! Love it! I’m a huge fan of shortbread, can’t wait tot ry this!

  40. #
    Reese@SeasonwithSpice — August 30, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    Lemongrass is such an essential to our Southeast Asian kitchen. We can never go without it in sweet & savory dishes. I’m really thrilled to see you ‘marrying’ both lemongrass & shortbread cookies. Perfect match indeed! Thanks for sharing Sommer. Will recommend this to our Malaysian/ Singaporean readers as we celebrate the Raya holiday!

  41. #
    Angie's Recipes — August 30, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    What an unique shortbread recipe! They look divine!

  42. #
    Pachecopatty — August 30, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I’m loving both the flavor of lemongrass and the beautiful colored glaze, such a wonderful temptation!

  43. #
    Rosa — August 30, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    Delightful! What a great way of flavoring cookies. I love you lime green KA.



  44. #
    vianney/sweet life — August 30, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Love the color!! and who doesn’t love shortbread, yummy treat!!

  45. #
    Tiffany — August 30, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    What a great idea! I have on my “goals” list for the year to create a sweet recipe using lemongrass. Great minds think alike! ;)

  46. #
    Celia — August 30, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    So cool that you’re growing your own lemongrass! And that it matches your stand mixer. This looks like a really lovely, refreshing take on shortbread. Yum!

  47. #
    Susan — August 30, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    These look lovely! My herb obsession is basil in all its various manisfestations … lemongrass is so tangy fresh, though! I love a nice thick shortbread biscuit too! I never ice my shortbreads! Must do this!

  48. #
    Julie M. — August 30, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    Just gorgeous Sommer! I love shortbread and you just upped the ante with this recipe.

  49. #
    Eileen — August 30, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    Wow! I love the idea of using lemongrass. I’ve never cooked with it. Your cookies are beautiful!

  50. #
    Eileen — August 30, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    Wow! I love the idea of cooking with lemongrass. I’ve never cooked with it. Your cookies are beautiful!

  51. #
    Tanvi@SinfullySpicy — August 30, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    Oh Sommer, Cant tell you how happy you have made me with these cookies..I have stalks of lemongrass waiting to be used in the fridge for almost a week now. I know what I m making. Thanks so much.These will be made for sure.Look so refreshing & yum!

  52. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 31, 2011 @ 4:58 am

    oh wow, these sound so good! And they’re so unique – love the look of that glaze!

  53. #
    Sanjeeta kk — August 31, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Lemon grass in cookies! Must have been very flavorful and yum, Sommer…and love those diamond shapes and thin crust cookies.

  54. #
    carolinaheartstrings — August 31, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    What a beautiful cookie. I love lemon grass anything too.

  55. #
    Trix — August 31, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    I am a huge fan of using unexpected herbs and savory flavors in something sweet, and this must be incredible. Really such a clever combo here.

  56. #
    5 Star Foodie — August 31, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    These sound so lovely with the delicate flavor of lemongrass, nice!

  57. #
    Stevie — August 31, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    Your food always looks so amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone using lemongrass in shortbread before. That’s cool that you grew your own. And that you could ignore it all summer and it still worked out perfectly. Good to know! I like gardening without having to really focus on the details too much. Then there’s more time to eat!

  58. #
    Carrie — September 1, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    I love cookies, but green cookies … erhhmm…not sure although your photos there look really nice, but the green color somehow hold me back to want to taste it.

  59. #
    Chris and Amy — September 3, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    Now we have something new to do with the lemongrass in our garden. Thanks!

  60. #
    Patty H. — September 4, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    This look awesome; such a pretty color! I love shortbread cookies, but haven’t tried lemongrass too often…I’ll have to check this recipe out.

  61. #
    Meeling — September 4, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Looks amazing!! Yum…love lemongrass anything!!

    Found you through foodbuzz! :-)

  62. #
    RisaG — September 4, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    Love the color of your KitchenAid mIxer. Mine is Empire Red.

    I adore lemongrass. It is difficult to find locally. When I find it I buy it. I tried growing it once but the plant did not like me and it eventually died. I do not have too many problems with growing things but lemongrass and I did not see eye-to-eye unfortunately.

    Those cookies look amazing. I bet the flavor was incredible. I so want to make them!

  63. #
    Shaina — September 7, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    I love lemongrass, so these have a huge flavor appeal for me, Sommer, and, I have to say it, your stand mixer is the PERFECT color.

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