Earl Grey Shortbread
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Bready or Not: Earl Grey Tea Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies carry the distinct flavor of Earl Grey. They are perfect to pair with tea or coffee. Make it so! (Makes 30-35 cookies.)
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cookies, shortbread, tea
Author: Beth Cato


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Earl Grey tea leaves heaping, from about 3 bags
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Open up the tea bags and measure the contents to get a heaping tablespoon. Blend butter and tea together until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, which takes about 3 minutes. Gradually add in flour mixture until just combined.
  • Divide the dough in half. Form into logs about an inch in diameter (to slice) or into flat rounds (to roll out and cut with a cookie cutter). Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. (Or keep frozen for days or weeks, then allow to thaw in fridge for a day before proceeding with the baking.)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the cookies into discs or with a cutter; be aware that the dough will spread when baking. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment or silicon mats.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are just turning color.