Green Tea and Lemon Cookies

Green Tea and Lemon Cookies – Palette Dining

These cookies came out of a craving for green tea.

I know what you’re thinking. Who craves green tea?

Me, obviously! I swear I get the strangest cravings sometimes. So into the kitchen, I went, to do a little experimenting, and turn a boring old shortbread cookie into something fantastic.

Nice and light, these cookies have the perfect mix of tang and sweet.

Yield: about 20 cookies.

Time lasted in the house: about 3 hours

Just kidding, it was more like 5.

Green Tea and Lemon Cookies

(Adapted from


1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup of sugar

¼ cup icing sugar

1 Tablespoon green tea leaves (see note 1)

zest of one lemon

¼ teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon strongly brewed green tea (see note 2)

½ cup salted butter (or unsalted, if you added salt previously)


Preheat oven to 375. In a food processor, add all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, icing sugar, green tea leaves, salt, and lemon zest) until the tea leaves are finely ground.

Add the vanilla, brewed green tea, and butter and continue processing until you form a dough. You will need to stop a few times to scrape down the sides.

On a piece of wax or parchment paper, dump out the dough and roll into a log. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes or freeze for 10-15.

Once the dough is chilled, slice the log into 1/3 inch thick rounds. The cookies might crumble apart a bit, just smush it back together with your hands! Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper and cook for about 12 minutes until edges are just browned. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

I got about 20 cookies. You might have more/less depending on how skinny you roll your log.

Notes on Green tea…

1: If you’re fancy and chic, you probably have loose leaf green tea ready to go in your pantry. If you’re like me and don’t like dealing with tea strainers and extra dishes, just cut open some green tea bags and measure out the leaves from there.

2: For strongly brewed tea, fill a mug only halfway with hot water and brew with two teabags for about five minutes. You can use the leftover tea for a green tea smoothie. Recipe coming soon!

So go on, lick the bowl…

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