What’s a girl to do when it’s St. Patrick’s day but she’s going to a Japanese themed book club? She makes green tea cookies of course! Buttery and lightly sweet with the distinct flavor of green tea and a good hint of lemon these are rather sophisticated little cookies. They’re not necessarily going to earn raves from the kids, although Hailey really liked them. Ella refused to try them opting instead for a JoeJoe from Trader Joes’s (I knew she’d be mad that I was making cookies she wouldn’t like so I made sure I had back-up. I couldn’t take the drama.) They are perfect, however, for an after dinner treat for a group of lovely ladies such as my book club pals.
I am a big believer in the using the best ingredients possible when it comes to any recipe but it is of the utmost importance when making something as simple as a butter cookie; the butter you use will definitely make a difference. I was feeling festive so I sprung for the Kerrygold. Plugra would also be a good choice as would any higher end organic butter.
I also used superfine baking sugar because I didn’t want any graininess. Of course it’s not absolutely necessary and if you don’t have it you can use regular white sugar as is or blend it in your food processor to make it superfine. It’s kind of handy to have around though for simple syrups and such.
Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy that green beer with your corned beef and cabbage… I’m not a fan of any of those things so I am going to be very happy with my sushi and green tea cookies.
Green Tea with Lemon Cookies
My Grandpa Martin was the quintessential Irishman complete with a sparkling twinkle in his eyes and lint covered mints in his pockets. I only knew him until I was five years old, but he remains one of the people I most adore. I remember him surprising my mom and me early in the morning by driving from his home in Silverton just to have Cream of Wheat cereal with us in Eugene (about an hour and a half drive) while all my older siblings were at school. He was, to me, pure kindness and love.