5 March, 2015
Green Tea & Lemon Sugar Cookies
Chocolate-y, fudgy, nutty, deep and rich all sounds good in the dessert category and as a cook I would know, I love all those things that are associated with any of the 5 words that I just mention, but sometimes freshness, tart and brightness gets overlooked and frankly I am ashamed. As a cook and baker I always lean towards chocolate forgetting that fact that bright citrus and tart flavors are a welcome relief in the kitchen especially in baked goods, and I am being honest now~that sometimes having chocolate can be too much ( I know right GASP!!!!!! HAHAHA) but fret no more, my green tea and lemon cookies will help bridge the gap in between, its sweet and fresh and bright and all things chewy and sugary that a sugar cookie is with a bright freshness of Lemon juice and lemon zest with delicious hint of green tea leaves from two Tea bags (I use Lipton Green Tea)~it is truly a unique cookie to have and delicious.Exchanging chocolate and fudgy to a more bright and freshness should be an easy transition with these I promise you and trust me when you make these~people will be surprise that a cookie can be other than sweet and chocolate-y, I think that sugar cookies are just so versatile and they are kind of like a blank canvas~you can add any kinds of flavor and this sugar cookie doesn’t disappoint, I will always love chocolate and all things chocolate but sometimes I need break from chocolate, and this sugar cookie helps.
- 2 3/4 cup flour (bleached or unbleached)
- 1 Cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Large egg
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 Bags of Green tea (I use lipton but use any brand you like)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line 2 baking pans with parchment papper or silpat. Set aside. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy, add the eggs, vanilla extract, and lemon juice and mix till combined. In bowl whisk together, flour baking power and soda, green tea, lemon zest and salt, while the mixer is on low gradually add the dry ingredients.
- Roll a rounded tablespoon of dough into balls and roll into sugar, place on prepared pan, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or till the edges are slightly browned and set. let it cool on baking sheet for 4 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.