Earl Grey Tea Cookies

8 Dec

Welcome to Cookie Week on the blog! Every recipe this week will be some kind of scrumptious cookie, perfect for the holiday season!

This first one is particularly special because I made them for a charity bake sale in town. AND they’re an homage to the great Jean-Luc Picard. He was smart enough to drink Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. So why not put that tea straight into a cookie? This is really a basic sugar cookie with the addition of loose leaf tea. A day or two after they’re baked, the Bergamot flavor really comes through and pairs wonderfully with a hot cup of the very same.
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They’re also nice for the holidays because you can add colored sugar on the edges! I made these red and green for the bake sale, but you could use any color you like, or even normal white sugar for a more neutral look. Enjoy these cookies! Your friends will surely like them too 🙂

Earl Grey Tea Cookies, adapted from C’est la Vegan

Makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 5 bags (2 tbsp) Earl Grey tea
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 C AP flour
  • 3/4 C butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • colored sugar for the edges, optional

Combine sugars, salt and tea in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse so that the tea is pulverized and mixed in with the sugar. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and add the flour, stir to combine.

Mix in the butter, vanilla and milk. You want a dough that will stick together.

Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a 6″ log. If desired, roll the log in colored sugar (spread sugar on a flat plate and roll the dough in it – don’t worry about the ends being sugared).

Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Now, preheat the oven to 375. Line two cookie sheets with Silpat mat or parchment paper.

Slice the dough logs into 12 pieces each – they’ll be about 1/3″ thick. Place onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes, flipping around and switching racks halfway through.

Remove from oven and let sit on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.
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6 Responses to “Earl Grey Tea Cookies”

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    I love infusing tea into just about everything! This are such a cute idea!

  2. genevieve y December 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    Earl grey tea is one of my favourites! Whoever received those cookies sure were lucky 🙂

  3. Old Things R New December 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    Let me see if I understand. You put actual loose tea leaves in the cookie? You say 5 bags or 2tbsp of loose tea, correct? Can you detect the tea leaves in the cookies? I can’t wait to make these but want to be sure of the directions!

    • xtinaluvspink December 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Real, loose tea leaves! You can definitely taste the Bergamot flavor in the cookie a day or two after baking them.

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