Here is a ridiculously addictive recipe for a melt-in-your-mouth cookie with a great hint of lemongrass and green tea, perfect for showing off your favorite teas to all your friends and family. I call ’em Lemongreen Shortbread Cookies, or “yummy” for short.
I like them a little thinner than your traditional shortbread cookie, but you can adjust to your preference. Enjoy!
Lemongreen Shortbread Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 tbsp Lemongreen, dry
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Melt the butter in a saucepan, heating to a simmer (be careful not to burn!). Remove from heat, stir in tea leaves. Steep for 4-5 minutes, then strain and put in fridge to allow to cool to room temperature.
Next, combine flour, salt, green tea butter, and sugar in a bowl. Mix with your fingers until it forms flaky crumbs and lumps. Mix in the egg, almond extract, and lemon juice. Continue to mix until it clumps; at first it may seem very dry. Shape into two balls, flatten into disks, wrap in plastic, refrigerate at least an hour, preferably overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Let the dough sit at temperature for at least 10-15 minutes before attempting to work with it. The dough may be crumbly; if it falls apart, press it back together. Allow to relax enough to become somewhat pliable before rolling out. Roll out a disk, one at a time, between two sheets of parchment paper (or wax paper), to a 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness, depending on how thick or thin you would like your cookies to be.
Dip the edges of one side of your favorite cookie cutter into flour and cut out your cookie shapes. If the rolled-out dough becomes too soft to work with, place it in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up. Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, with at least 1/2-inch distance between the cookie shapes.
Bake at 350°F for 8-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the cookies, until the edges are just slightly golden brown. Remove from oven. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes.