janet @ the taste space

Earl Grey Tea Shortbread Cookies

In Desserts on December 13, 2009 at 3:48 PM

I debated whether I should put these cookies on the blog. I had high hopes for them, despite mixed reviews, but tackled them regardless.  I was initially disappointed with the results. However, friends loved them and I agreed that they tasted better the next day.. so much so, that I couldn’t stop munching on them and there are none left… so they must be good as my tummy will attest. 😛

This is a slice-and-bake shortbread-like cookie with a hint of Earl Grey tea and lemon.  It is a pretty simple cookie with only a few ingredients.  I found a sharp chef’s knife helped to cut the cookies without too much crumble (some cookies still needed to be sacrificed, though). I used the tea leaves from 5 bags of Earl grey tea but the next time I try it, I will buy some loose leaf tea.  Since Earl Grey is the main flavour, it would be best not to use subprime tea.  I also plan to coat the outside with sugar, as I am still on a quest for a better Earl Grey shortbread. I have a recipe I want to try, as we were served them at the tea event run by the George Brown cooking club (Tastes of Tomorrow). However, I need to find a scale first. UPDATE: That much better recipe has been posted here.

The recipe is slightly altered from the Martha Stewart original, found in Martha Stewart’s Cookies, and also reprinted online here.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely ground Earl Grey tea leaves (from about 5 bags)
1/2 teaspoon salt**
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (I only had one lemon, but I think you’d need at least 2 to get 1 tbsp)

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 fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour 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 the log and force out air. Transfer in parchment to paper towel tubes; freeze until firm, 1 hour.

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

5. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through,until edges are golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 5 days.

Makes 2-3 dozen cookies (not 8 dozen like the recipe claims)

** The original recipe in Martha Stewart’s Cookies calls for 1/2 tsp coarse salt, which is equivalent to 1/3 tsp of table salt; however, the website recipe simply calls for 1/2 tsp salt. I used 1/4 tsp table salt which I wonder whether that was a problem…

  1. I wonder how culinary lavender would taste as opposed to the earl grey

  2. The flavours sound fantastic together, I’m always looking for new things to add to shortbread

  3. I made tea cookies recently and they were fantastic. My recipe has a few variations to your recipe which you might like to try: *add 1 egg and *add 1/4 cup sugar – cream together with butter, *add 1/2 tsp baking soda, microwave brew 2 tea bags in 1/4 cup water -cool slightly then *add the brew tea. Only add 4 teabags of finely ground loose tea to the dry ingredients. Proceed with adding your recipe’s combined dry ingredients (salt, confectioners, flour). Instead of making the log-type cookies, I refrigerated the dough, and then rolled 1-inch balls and flattened the cookie on the baking sheet and topped each cookie with a pecan or sliced almond before baking.

  4. […] recipe I recreated was for the quite popular Earl Grey Tea Shortbread Cookies from Martha Stewart. Sorry, Martha, I have a better recipe. A hundred times better! They are subtly […]

  5. […] have a choice, shun Martha. I actually have no problems shunning Martha, because when I battled her Earl Grey Tea Shortbread cookies, her recipe was the loser. By a long […]

  6. sounds delicious

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