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

    absolutely on my to do list!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. Meelingposted September 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Looks amazing!! Yum…love lemongrass anything!!

    Found you through foodbuzz! :-)

  15. 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.

  16. Chris and Amyposted September 3, 2011 at 7:11 am

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 5 Star Foodieposted August 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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

  20. 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.

  21. carolinaheartstringsposted August 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. [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!