Herb Cookies

Never thought about baking cookies with herbs? Well, you’re in for a real treat! These cookies are easy to make and tastes delicious.

I made Lavender cookies at an herb class I gave, and everyone loved them. Serve Rosemary or Sage cookies with your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Rose Petal or Lavender cookies would be great for a ladies luncheon. Men would love spicy cookies with Allspice, Cinnamon, or Nutmeg. I husband loves Cayenne Pepper Cookies (add pepper to taste)! There are so many variations to this recipe, so have fun creating your own.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg white, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh OR 1 teaspoon dry finely chopped herb
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup fine sanding sugar (opt.)


Mix butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in whole egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour, herb, and salt, and mix until combined.

Halve dough; shape each half into a log. Place each log on a sheet of parchment. Roll on parchment to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Then, roll the parchment around the log, place on cookie sheet, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Can be made a day ahead and leave in freeze until needed.

Preheat oven to 375. Unroll each log and brush with egg white; roll in sanding sugar (opt.). Cut into 1/4 inch rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. If desired, brush top of cookie and press herb into the top of cookie. I like to press the whole flower or leaf.

Bake until edges are golden, 18-20 minutes. Let cool on wire racks. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

Use this list of herbs and spices to choose from.

This is what I think they taste like, but of course, everyone taste things differently.

  • Allspice – similar to cloves, but more pungent and deeply flavored
  • Basil – robust licorice
  • Cayenne Pepper – hot (add to taste)
  • Caraway Seed – anise-tasting
  • Celery Seed – celery, woodsy
  • Chervil – delicate anise
  • Chives – delicate onion
  • Cilantro – pungent, herbaceous
  • Cinnamon – both sweet and savory
  • Cloves – sweet and warming
  • Coriander Seed – earthy, lemony
  • Cumin – smoky and earthy
  • Dill – pungent herb
  • Fennel Seed – lightly sweet and licorice
  • Fenugreek – bitter, burnt sugar
  • Garlic Powder – sweeter, softer garlic
  • Ginger – spicy, zesty bite
  • Lavender – herbaceous, woody
  • Lemon Thyme – sweet and fresh lemon
  • Lemon Balm – refreshing, bright and citrusy
  • Lemongrass – lemon mint
  • Marjoram – floral and woodsy
  • Nutmeg – sweet and pungent
  • Oregano – robust, somewhat lemony
  • Parsley – light and grassy
  • Peppermint and Spearmint – minty, intense
  • Rose Petals – earthy and floral, with a slight sweetness
  • Rosemary – strong and piney
  • Sage – pine-like flavor, with more lemony and eucalyptus notes than rosemary
  • Star Anise – sweet licorice
  • Summer Savory – peppery green
  • Tarragon – strong anise, licorice and vanilla
  • Turmeric –  mild woodsy flavor
  • Thyme – pungent, woodsy flavor

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