Earl Grey Tea Cookies

I love Earl Grey tea. My dad always had some in the house and he would waft the smell from the jar of tea leaves and sniff deeply every time he took the jar out of the cabinet. We always had some with us on our camping trips and the memory of sitting at a rough wooden table outside with an enameled mug full of hot Earl Grey is one that I think of often.

Lately, I’ve been wanting some small sweet thing to eat each night after dinner and landed on making these cookies, made with tea leaves. They were very quick and easy to make, with a short ingredient list and I will happily make them again.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies
adapted from The Kitchn

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon Earl Grey tea leaves (this was about 3 tea bags, cut open)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon water
1/2 cup unsalted butter

  1. Pulse together all the dry ingredients in a food processor until the tea leaves are pulverized.
  2. Add vanilla, water, and butter. Pulse together until a dough is formed. Form the dough into a log (about 8 inches long) onto a piece of wax or parchment paper. Wrap the paper around and roll the log smooth. Freeze now, or chill for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. When the dough is chilled, slice the log into 1/3 inch thick pieces. Place on baking sheets and bake until the edges are just brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

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