Afternoon Tea: Lemon Cookies and Milk Tea PieJuly 1, 2009
I guess I’ll get this out of the way now: These cookies more or less taste like the drinks that they are inspired by, but they get completely overshadowed by the drinks’ flavor if you try to eat them together which defeats the whole point, I feel. For now, I’ll just be commenting on the cookies themselves.
The flavor seems to come from the entire cookie rather than relying on just the cream. It’s not an extremely strong lemon flavor either, and I’m not sure how easily some people could recognize it as such. This is because these cookies taste like “lemon tea” and not just “lemon”, which is a good thing, because I don’ t normally like artificially flavored lemon snacks. These I don’t have any problems with.
Out of the three varieties, these are the ones that look the least like a “normal” cookie and the most like a frosted saltine.
Unlike the lemon tea cookies, these seem to be relying on the cream for 100% of the flavor, and the “pie” simply for its texture. As you may have guessed, the cream frosting, or whatever it is, tastes like milk tea, and the flavor itself is pretty accurate. Unfortunately, because it’s such a thin layer, the flavor doesn’t stand out very much and, like the other two, the flavor is very very subtle.
When they call this a “pie”, they are simply referring to the layered and flaky nature of the cookie itself. I thought the cookie was somewhat bland, and as a result, it detracts from the flavor of the cream. These are decent, but I think that they would have turned out better if they had just made another “cookie” rather than trying to out-fancy the straight and lemon tea varieties.