Earl Grey Tea Cookies, Take Two

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who left a comment on my last post. My family has gone through a tough time lately, and although I’d prefer not to get into the details here, the virtual hugs are very much appreciated.

Secondly, I’d like to apologize to all my subscribers and followers for hitting “publish” instead of “preview” earlier today. This was the second time I’ve made that mistake, and I’m hoping I’ll never do it again. I hope having a broken link in your reader wasn’t too much of an annoyance.

Now onto the cookies. I was heading to a friends for coffee this weekend and didn’t want to show up empty handed. Cookies were the obvious choice; they’re quick, easy, and very transportable. I had a lot ideas about what to make but, as my mom pointed out, few ingredients. I took a look in the pantry and spotted a few containers of Mighty Leaf Tea. Tea in a cookie is something I’ve been meaning to try for awhile. I did a quick Google search and found a Martha Stewart recipe that sounded perfect. Then I had to make a tough decision; should I make the cookies as written, or should I make them with Jasmine Green Tea? In the end I chose to make them as written, but I will definitely be trying them with the green tea as well.

The cookies were perfectly crisp and very lightly flavoured with Earl Grey. Next time I make them I think I’ll omit the orange zest, because although Earl Grey is a citrus based tea, it’s flavour is too light to stand up to the orange. Despite that I really enjoyed these cookies, and I think I’ll be adding them to the Christmas baking rotation. I think they’d make a great gift along with some fancy teas.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

Makes about 60 cookies

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp finely ground tea (tea can be ground in a spice grinder or mini food processor, use the best quality you can afford as cheaper teas have less flavour)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest (optional)
  1. In a small bowl mix the flour, tea and salt together. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, powdered sugar and orange zest together with an electric mixer until the butter is light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add the flour, mixing until well combined.
  3. Split the dough in half and create two round logs, 1 1/4 inches in diameter, wrap them with parchment paper and refrigerate for 1 hour. To keep the bottoms of the logs from flattening out you can slide the logs into paper towel tubes before refrigerating.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350. Line two cookie sheets with parchment, set aside.
  5. Cut the logs into 1/4 inch slices, place the slices on the baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake for 13 to 16 minutes until the bottoms are just golden. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack before serving.



36 thoughts on “Earl Grey Tea Cookies, Take Two

  1. Those are so pretty, almost too pretty to eat (I said almost…I’d still dig in!). I’ve hit publish a few times too early too, I think we all have. And many more hugs on the family issues. I’ve missed you, so I am glad to see you around a bit now.

  2. I’m really sorry to hear that you guys are having a tough time right now. Hugs to you. Whatever it is, I hope baking provides some respite from what’s going on. The cookies look splendid.

  3. I made these cookies from a different recipe this weekend but used Chai Tea because I did not have Earl Grey. They were the hit of the Town Cookie Exchange. Yes my town is so small we have a town cookie exchange.

  4. Thank you so much for the recipe. I tried making these today, however the orange taste from the orange zest is stronger than my earl grey. But other than that, it’s really delicious.

  5. Hi, I love the cookie but my mixture did not become a dough but it was flour-y after I added the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Could you guys tell me what I did wrong? Should I have kept mixing until it becomes a dough?

  6. Hi, I love the cookie but my mixture did not become a dough but it was flour-y after I added the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Could you guys tell me what I did wrong? Should I have kept mixing until it becomes a dough?

  7. I’m going to try these for my son. He loves Earl Grey tea. I have omitted the orange zest from the recipe. I’ll let you all know how he likes them. Thanks for the recipe.

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