Lemon Rosemary Digestive Cookies

Lemon and rosemary are two delicious carminative plants that make a delicious after dinner treat. I especially love using the warming carminative rosemary in a desert in the winter. The lightness of the lemon in this recipe helps keep it fresh and like a nice breath mint after eating. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do.


  • 1 cup of butter (2 sticks; or butter substitute)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary (chop really fine)
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest (about 1.5 lemons)
  • 2 1/4 cups of gluten free all purpose flour


  1. While you let your butter come to room temperature, take the time to chop your rosemary (much finer than you first think you want it) and to zest your lemon. I make sure to store my remaining lemon in a sealed container in the fridge for other recipes. 
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Add in rosemary, lemon, salt, and flour. Mix well between each addition.
  3. Divide dough and place balls between two layers of plastic wrap. Use a rolling pin to roll dough to 1/4 in thickness between the plastic wrap. As much as we dislike plastic wrap, this dough is very sticky and will not cooperate with direct contact with your rolling pin. Repeat with the second ball of dough. Place dough sheets with plastic wrap into the refrigerator for 45 minutes to an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Remove dough from refrigerator and use a cookie cutter to cut your dough. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake until the edges of the cookies start to become brown. My small star cookies only required 9 minutes. Larger cookies may require up to 13 minutes.
  6. Let cookies cool for a minute on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Re-roll remaining dough and repeat refrigeration process while cookies are baking. 

This recipe made about 35-1.5 in stars and 60-1 in stars. This recipe can be used for all holidays and celebrations with your favorite cookie cutters. 

Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. The Dancing Herbalist posts on this blog every Thursday. For more of our posts, join us on Patreon. Jillian also presents regular live classes in The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online. For more learning opportunities or to work one-on-one with Jillian with her wellness and herbal consultationsvisit The Dancing Herbalist.com.

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