December 11, 2009

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

earl grey tea cookies

Here’s a good holiday gift idea for your tea loving friend…make them some earl grey tea cookies!

I made these with my sister-in-law a few years ago and haven’t stopped thinking about them since. It was a really good introduction into the tea world and how it can be used in cooking/baking.  The flavor profile is something that totally stuck with me.

mmmm tea

I whipped up a batch because I needed something to sweet to accompany my tea this afternoon.

They are delicate, light, crispy and BUTTERY cookie with a nice orange tea spice!

Obviously they go really well with a cup of tea!

Here are the essential ingredients: sugar, orange peel &  a bunch of Earl Grey Tea

ingredient porn

And don’t forget the butter….There’s kind of a lot of it….

orange zest!

I ground the tea bags in my designated spice grinder.

grinding the tea leaves

I gathered ingredients for the butter mixture…

the butter mixture

I whipped it up and added the flour slowly….

mixing butter with flour

The dough is a little crumbly, but it comes together nicely with your hands….


I made the log square shaped because the imperfect roundness of the log frustrated me!!

slicing up the discs

I put them on parchment on a baking sheet and popped them in the oven!

to the oven

It makes about 8 dozen and I totally believe it!  They are all uniform and cute, and I love that about them.

I hope you love them too.  You will find that some people will be skeptical at first, but once they get that explosion of buttery goodness in their mouth, they will shut up and gorge themselves!  Try them and delight your palette!

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

(recipe from Martha Stewart Cookies)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground Earl Grey tea leaves, (from about 8 bags)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (8 ounces total) sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

1. Whisk flour, tea, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

2.Put butter, sugar, and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low; slowly mix in flour & salt mixture until just combined.

3. Divide dough in half. Transfer each half to a piece of parchment paper; shape into logs. Roll in parchment to 1 1/4 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log and force out air. Transfer in parchment to paper-towel tubes; freeze 1 hour.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.

5. Bake until edges turn golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

  • Emily

    YUM! I have some lavender earl grey tea in my cabinet right now.

  • heidi

    Oh these sound amazing, I am going to try them for sure!

  • Su-Lin

    I bet these would be wonderful with jasmine tea too – they look fantastic!

  • sharmlee

    I tried this today and it came out fantastic!! Thank you so much for sharing this. I also tried your Peppermint Bark and that has been a great hit with the younger ones. You have a wonderful blog thanks for sharing.

  • Tracy

    oooh lavender earl grey and a jasmine cookie- bestill my heart! I am gonna have to find some time and play in the kitchen with that!

    smarlee- that makes me soo happy!! you have no idea!!! I am going to try to make some peppermint bark this year if I can find a good price on white chocolate. It’s seriously like crack and I NEED a BUNCH of it 😉 Happy holidays!!

  • Cassie

    You can do this with any tea. I made green tea cookies for a cookie exchange and they were a hit!

  • Betsy

    My mom loves earl grey tea, so I’d like to try making these for her. There’s really only so many cookies that one woman can eat though, so do you think it would work to halve the recipe? Or maybe would it be better to make the full recipe and freeze half the dough? Thanks for any help.

    • Tracy

      Betsy- I only made one roll that round. The other is in the freezer. I suggest doing the same! I should turn out ok. Good luck and enjoy!

  • Jessica

    I’m a little confused. The recipe calls for “2 (8 ounce) sticks of butter”. The way this is written seems to imply that each stick of butter should be 8 ounce, and you need two of them. The butter I buy normally comes in 4 ounce sticks… so does this mean 8 ounces TOTAL, or should each stick be 8 oz?

    I ask because I just tried it (halving all the ingredients… so I used 2 of my 4-oz sticks of butter) and the dough was WAY too soft. The only other thing I can think is maybe I overworked it. I’m a little embarrassed! Thanks for any advice!

  • Tracy

    Jessica- I was confused too! I used two sticks- the total should be 8 oz. Maybe the butter was too warm when you mixed it?

  • mbw

    this doesn’t say what to do with tea and salt? are you supposed to mix it with the flour?

  • Tracy

    mbw- the flour mixture includes the salt. I changed the recipe to say that. I copied & pasted the recipe from the Martha Stewart page (see link above)-which obviously needs a bit of editing! I hope this helps.

    also- you grind the tea leaves in a coffee grinder before you put them into the recipe (see picture above)

  • katherine

    I feel as though this was an unreasonably easy recipe for such a tasty cookie. Goodness, I do have a soft spot for that Martha Stewart. Also, a big big soft spot for anything cookies and tea oriented. I’m an easy gal to please! Thank you a dozen times over for posting this. I don’t know if I would have ever found it otherwise.

  • jen

    those sound and look scrumptious!! thank you for posting. i must try. happy holidays!

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  • steph

    i made these after finding them in martha stewart’s cookie book, but they did NOT turn out that way. they were a disaster and i had to discard them 🙁 looks like i need to try them again!

  • Gracie

    Just want to thank you for this easy recipe, the cookies came out absolutely perfect!

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  • Natalie

    So good! Made a simple icing of powder sugar, fresh squeezed orange juice, and about a teaspoon of orange zest. So delicate, flaky, and delicious!

  • Kylie

    These turned out beautiful! Reminded me of shortbread cookies. I used chai tea instead as I had very little earl grey left. I added a teaspoon each of vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice, as well as half a teaspoon each of cloves and cardamom with a tiny bit of nutmeg and black pepper in addition to the tea leaves. They’re a little spicy, which I love in chai-spiced goods. I may sprinkle some coarse sugar on top or even roll the dough in some before freezing next time as they can totally handle a bit more sweetness. Also, I opted for saran wrap instead of parchment paper to make it easier to roll. They’ll probably end up getting a spoonful of glaze tomorrow. I love the orange zest, so perhaps Grand Marnier glaze…? 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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