Lemon Goat Cheese Tea Cookies
Lemon Goat Cheese cookies are tangy, delicate, and highly addictive. They’re perfect for an afternoon tea or brunch.
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Components Used: Basic Powdered Sugar Glaze
- Techniques Used: Creaming Method for Cookies
A tea cookie is a small, delicate cookie that can be eaten in a couple bites. They are dainty and elegant without being overly decorated.
For this recipe, I wanted to incorporate a tangy goat cheese into a cookie. It added the perfect balance between the sweet icing and the tart lemon.
What pairs well with goat cheese?
Goat cheese makes for truly special and interesting desserts. I’ve tried a goat cheese cheesecake, goat cheese pudding, and even a goat cheese cake! It’s an interesting tangy flavor similar to cream cheese. The flavor is also similar to a feta cheese but more creamy in texture.
Goat cheese adds the perfect amount of tang to a sweet cookie and the fresh lemon flavor adds the tartness.
These cookies would be wonderful paired with a cup of hot tea, on a brunch dessert table, or served at a baby or bridal shower. The goat cheese goes well with other citrus flavors like orange, grapefruit, and lime for a different variation on these treats.
For the Cookie Dough
- 113 grams (4 ounces) goat cheese, room temperature
- 113 grams (½ cup, 1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 100 grams (½ cup) granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 256 grams (2 cups + 2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
For the Glaze
- 56 grams (2 ounces) goat cheese, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 180 grams (1 ½ cups ) powdered sugar
- lemon zest, for garnish
- At least 30 minutes before mixing your dough, set out the goat cheese (total of 169 grams, 6 ounces) and butter (113 grams, ½ cup) to come to room temperature. Measure out the rest of the ingredients.
- Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
For the Cookies:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the goat cheese (113 grams, 4 ounces), butter, and sugar (100 grams, ½ cup) on medium speed until light and fluffy- about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl halfway through.
- Add in the lemon juice (1 tablespoon) and lemon zest (2 tablespoons) and mix until incorporated.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the salt (½ teaspoon) and flour (256 grams, 2 cups + 2 tablespoons).
- Add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl and mix on medium/low speed until just incorporated. The dough will likely be a bit crumbly looking, but should still look moist and hold together if pressed together in your hand. If it does not hold together, you can add about 1-2 teaspoons of more lemon juice until it holds together when pressed.
- Scoop the dough into 1 tablespoon portions and roll into a smooth ball between the palms of your hands. Place the balls of dough on the prepared baking sheets and flatten the balls just slightly so the bottoms are flattened.
- Place the tray into the freezer for about 5 minutes before baking. This helps them not spread out in the oven.
- Bake at 350°F/175°C for 14-16 minutes, until very lightly browned on the bottoms and set. They will stay very pale.
- Cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheets before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
For the Glaze:
- Beat together the goat cheese (56 grams, 2 ounces) and lemon juice (2 tablespoons) until smooth.
- Add powdered sugar (180 grams, 1 ½ cups) and mix until incorporated.
- Frost cooled cookies by spooning a little glaze over the top letting it slightly run down the sides. If it's too runny add a spoonful more powdered sugar to the glaze until you get the desired thickness. Quickly add a few pieces of lemon zest to the top of each cookie.
- Allow glaze to set. Store cookies in an airtight container up to 1 week.
Goat Cheese Substitute: swap out the goat cheese for the same amount of cream cheese.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0