Earl Grey Tea Cookies

I have always been a tea lover, but since I cut diet soda out of my life for good (read about that journey here), I love it even more. So much in fact, that I’ve been dying to create a cookie made from it.  Enter this delicious Earl Grey Tea Cookie recipe that I original found at Real Simple.

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Earl Grey is such a classic flavor to me.  It has an almost earthy flavor to it.  Strong, but with a hint of citrus.  I love a big, steamy cup of Earl Grey on a cold gray morning. I didn’t think there could be a better way to enjoy them–but these Earl Grey Tea Cookies are utter brilliance.

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I kept to the original recipe almost completely when making these, with one exception.  I love that orange-y essence from Earl Grey so much that I wanted to play that up just a bit more.  What better way to do that then to add some fresh orange zest? It really gave these cookies the pop I was looking for.

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I love that these cookies are seriously easy to make. All you need is a food processor to pulse the ingredients together. And yes–they use ACTUAL tea leaves!

Earl Grey Tea Cookies @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

I tried these cookies out on my good friend Nicole, and she agrees–they’re addicting. Be careful with these! I might have eaten a couple for breakfast. As I told Nicole, “They’re made with tea, so that kind of counts as breakfast, right?” (She was not so convinced with my logic.)

Earl Grey Tea Cookies @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Earl Grey Tea Cookies 

(Adapted from Real Simple)

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea leaves, from approximately 6 tea bags
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest

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1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugars, tea leaves, and salt until the tea leaves are completely pulverized.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

2. Add the vanilla, one teaspoon water, the butter, and orange zest.  Pulse together until a dough is formed.

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3.  Divide the dough in half.  Roll each half out into a log shaped, about 12 inches in length and about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap tightly and chill for about 30 minutes, until dough is firm.

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4.  Remove dough from refrigerator and slice into disks about 1/3 of an inch thick.  Place on a foil lined baking sheet, about two inches apart.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

5.  Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake cookies until edges are just browned, about 12 minutes.  Let cool for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Enjoy with a cup of your favorite tea!

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