I mainline coffee to wake up in the morning, but in the afternoon if I am dragging (which usually happens like clockwork at 3:30), I love to have a cup of tea. My beloved great aunt Jean, whom I have talked about a lot on this blog, was responsible for making me love having afternoon tea. When I enjoyed tea with her there were almost always shortbread cookies (she called them biscuits) involved too. So I decided to whip up a batch of absolutely gorgeous and buttery earl grey shortbread cookies to enjoy with my tea! The dough was really simple and let the earl grey tea leaves shine.
They needed to bake for 20 minutes to just develop some color around the edges and bake through. That was all there was to these babies! I enjoyed them with my afternoon cup of tea and oh man was it heaven. The earl grey flavor was gorgeous with all of that buttery, sugary goodness. Hope you all love them too! xoxo
These earl grey shortbread cookies are so buttery, simple and gorgeous! They’re just made for enjoying at afternoon tea or for dessert.
- 2 sticks unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup super fine sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 bags earl grey tea cut open
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
Set up a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and combine the butter and sugar in its bowl. Beat them together until fluffy. Add in the salt and the loose leaves from the two tea bags and let them get mixed in. Finally, slowly add in the flour until you have a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a big sheet of plastic wrap and form it into a long rectangle about 2 inches in height. Wrap it up and set it in the refrigerator to chill for an hour. This will make the dough easier to slice and the butter cold when it hits the oven.
When the hour is up, pre-heat the oven to 350 and line a sheet tray with a silicone mat or parchment. Take the dough and slice the rectangle into 1/2 inch cookes. You should get roughly 18-20 out of the rectangle. Line them up with a little room in between them on the sheet tray and bake them for 20 minutes. Let them cool, then serve with your favorite tea!
12 thoughts on “Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies”
I’ve never added tea as an ingredient but I’m so interested in trying. These sound delicious!
Thank you so much!!
Yum! I can’t wait to make these yummy cookies, the earl gray is sure to be a hit with my tea loving friends 🙂
Oh definitely they will be a hit! Thanks very much :-).
This looks so good! Thanks for sharing. Cant wait to try it 🙂
Thank you very much!!
This is perfect ! My kids would just love this …
Thanks so much!!
Made these last night! We had a guest come over so they were the perfect offering! Super easy to make with a nice buttery taste. I added a drizzle of lemon glaze and topped with a sprinkling of lavender sugar.
Oh, I love the additions you made! I am so so happy to hear you and your guests enjoyed them, thanks for the feedback!!
Can you use substitute green tea?
Sure! It won’t have the same flavor but I bet it will still be delicious.
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