Lemon Devastators and Green Screen Cookies,

lemon dev

Hi everybody!! This is Thu. Me and Danny B made some cookies a little bit ago that I dubbed “Lemon Devastators!!!” The recipe is quite simple. I simply took a Martha Stewart recipe for Lemon Poppyseed Cookies, and replaced the poppyseeds for about a quarter ounce of very finely mortared and pestled OREGANO. Oh yeah and food dye for fun!

Here is Martha’s Lemon Poppyseed Cookie recipe with my modifications:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 3 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest (2 to 3 lemons)
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 oz oregano, finely mortared and pestled (or chopped or food processed)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook until reduced by half. Add 1 stick butter; stir until melted. Add the oregano to the butter and allow it to simmer over a very low heat for an hour or two until the herb becomes very fragrant.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream remaining stick butter and 1 cup sugar on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in egg and lemon butter. Mix until pale, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla and 2 teaspoons zest. Mix in flour mixture and poppy seeds.
  3. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons zest. Roll spoonfuls of dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; roll them in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Press each with the flat end of a glass dipped in sugar mixture until 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with seeds.
  4. Bake until just browned around bottom edges, 10 to 11 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; let cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
The amount of oregano added a huge devastation element to the cookies, and also the herbal flavoring complimented the citrus-y lemon zest flavor VERY WELL!!
lemon cookies
We “glued” the three colored cookies together with strawberry Nesquik syrup. These cookies RULED SO HARD.
The second cookies I had no involvement in, and was all Danny B in his state of devastation. I thought they were actually pretty terrible, but in a very hilarious way!! These cookies were inspired by “green screens.” This kind of green screen:
If you are confused as to how a green screen can EVER possibly inspire a cookie, you got me there. Here is Danny B making the cookies:
green screen dough
green dough in sugar
green screens on tray
Okay, so the recipe for this if anyone is interested is VAGUELY this:
  • butter
  • flour
  • sugar
  • nesquik strawberry syrup
  • egg
  • a big squirt of high quality green food dye
Mix the above ingredients together in a way where you end up with a very thick paste. Then add more flour until you have a dough. Form into squares and roll in sugar. Bake at 375 until HARD. Roll in more sugar.
The End.
In theory, if you were filming someone eating these “green screen” cookies, you could theoretically “key out” what they are eating and replace it with whatever! These cookies were VERY dense due to the lack of any rising agents like baking soda or powder. BUT, the shape remained true and square as a result as well. I picked a cookie up and dropped it on the plate and it sounded like a bunch of rocks clanking together. Danny B of course ate every single one of these. Try it at home if you like!
Thu Tran

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