Earl Grey Tea Cookies

Total Time
20 mins
12 mins

Allow an extra 30 minutes to chill the dough. From Real Simple (May 2005)

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  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Pulse together all the dry ingredients in a food processor until the tea leaves are pulverized.
  3. Add vanilla, water, and butter; pulse together until a dough is formed.
  4. Divide the dough in half, placing each half on a sheet of plastic wrap.
  5. Roll each half into a 12-inch log.
  6. Wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  7. Slice each log into 1/3 inch thick pieces.
  8. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or foil, 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake until the edges are just brown, about 12 minutes.
  10. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.
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5 5

WOW! I'm so glad to have found this recipe... it is so easy and quick!!! I switched the Earl Grey with a Pacific-Sun tea blend (I think it is a black tea mixed with citrus, roses, and other stuff). I subbed the vanilla for almond extract which was phenomenal! After baking for 10 minutes, they came out wonderfully moist with a slight crunch. I grind all the dry ingredients together and store them in an airtight jar. That way, whenever I want cookies, all I have to do, is add 1 cup of butter and 1 tsp each of extract and water (which are always at hand) for 3 cups of dry ingredients. Could make a really nice gift too. Thanks a bunch for this treasure of a recipe!

5 5

Really yummy! I didn't have earl grey, so I used regular black tea and added the zest from one lime. They turned out really well- I gave them as a thank you gift and got an email 20 minitutes after delivering them, begging for the recipe! -Very short-bready, with a little something different. Probably good rolled in sugar prior to baking...

5 5

These cookies are amazing!! I used a lavender Earl Grey, and didn't have white sugar so used light brown sugar, and they turned out fantastic!