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.
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.
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.
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!
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
(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
1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugars, tea leaves, and salt until the tea leaves are completely pulverized.
2. Add the vanilla, one teaspoon water, the butter, and orange zest. Pulse together until a dough is formed.
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.
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.
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!