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.

Lemongrass Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

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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.
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74 comments on “Lemongrass Shortbread Cookies

  1. pamposted August 29, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I love lemongrass too, so these sound fantastic!

  2. Loraposted August 29, 2011 at 6:45 am

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

  3. Nelyaposted August 29, 2011 at 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 Greenposted August 29, 2011 at 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. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Timeposted August 29, 2011 at 6:58 am

    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 Cheapposted August 29, 2011 at 7:14 am

    What a wonderful, fresh idea. Just gorgeous.

  7. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted August 29, 2011 at 7:58 am

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

  8. Kellyposted August 29, 2011 at 8:12 am

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

  9. Bev Weidnerposted August 29, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Those are so cute I could snuggle them!

  10. Heatherposted August 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

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

  11. marlaposted August 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

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

  12. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted August 29, 2011 at 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. [email protected]posted August 29, 2011 at 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. agposted August 29, 2011 at 10:44 am

    These cookies and photos are absolutely gorgeous!

  15. Denise @ Creative Kitchenposted August 29, 2011 at 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 @ HPDposted August 29, 2011 at 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. Joyposted August 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

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

  18. RavieNomNomsposted August 29, 2011 at 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. Rachelposted August 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Looks delicious!!

  20. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted August 29, 2011 at 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.posted August 29, 2011 at 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}posted August 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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

  23. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted August 29, 2011 at 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)posted August 29, 2011 at 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. [email protected]posted August 29, 2011 at 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!

  26. Georgia Pellegriniposted August 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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

  27. Heleneposted August 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    What a nice twist on a classic cookie.

  28. mjskitposted August 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm

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

  29. Lindaposted August 29, 2011 at 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!

  30. Shirleyposted August 29, 2011 at 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!

  31. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted August 29, 2011 at 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.

  32. Magic of Spiceposted August 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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

  33. claudia lamascoloposted August 29, 2011 at 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. Kitaposted August 29, 2011 at 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 @zomppaposted August 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

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

  36. Kathleenposted August 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Wow! These sound amazing!

  37. Annposted August 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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

  38. Julieposted August 29, 2011 at 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 Rayposted August 30, 2011 at 6:13 am

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

  40. [email protected]posted August 30, 2011 at 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 Recipesposted August 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

    What an unique shortbread recipe! They look divine!

  42. Pachecopattyposted August 30, 2011 at 10:31 am

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

  43. Rosaposted August 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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



  44. vianney/sweet lifeposted August 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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

  45. Tiffanyposted August 30, 2011 at 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. Celiaposted August 30, 2011 at 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. Susanposted August 30, 2011 at 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.posted August 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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

  49. Eileenposted August 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

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

  50. Eileenposted August 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm

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

  51. [email protected]posted August 30, 2011 at 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 @ whatmegansmakingposted August 31, 2011 at 4:58 am

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

  53. Sanjeeta kkposted August 31, 2011 at 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. carolinaheartstringsposted August 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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

  55. Trixposted August 31, 2011 at 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 Foodieposted August 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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

  57. Stevieposted August 31, 2011 at 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. Carrieposted September 1, 2011 at 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 Amyposted September 3, 2011 at 7:11 am

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

  60. Patty H.posted September 4, 2011 at 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. Meelingposted September 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Looks amazing!! Yum…love lemongrass anything!!

    Found you through foodbuzz! :-)

  62. RisaGposted September 4, 2011 at 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. Shainaposted September 7, 2011 at 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.

  64. sweetsugarbelleposted September 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    absolutely on my to do list!

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