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Duchess Grey Tea Cookies


These tea cookies make a terrific dessert for a spring garden party or Easter brunch.  They are traditionally a buttery shortbread with a mild Earl Grey flavor, but using the Duchess Grey tea adds just a hint of citrus that lightens them up in the most wonderful way.  The best part is that they're incredibly easy to make, and when dipped in a cup of tea they melt in your mouth.  Now go and bake some... you can thank me later.

photos © cake. 2012

Duchess Grey Tea Cookies
adapted from Real Simple
makes 6 dozen cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons Duchess Grey tea leaves, approx 6 tea bags (I bought the Duchess Tea from Trader Joes)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces

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

Lamb411 (March 20, 2012 at 2:22 AM)  

I have never baked with tea before but those cookies look lovely. The type I would want to keep around in my freezer and pull out for a snack or for guests! I look forward to giving them a shot.

{ Nina Designs } (March 20, 2012 at 6:36 AM)  

They look delicious! Love the shape!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted (March 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM)  

Incredibly easy to make sounds pretty fab to me! Your pictures with your blog just compliments each other so well. Love it!

dg (March 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM)  

Those look really good

Tamara Nicole (March 25, 2012 at 11:23 AM)  

They look delicious, will have to make these soon:)

Shop Sweet Things with Jeanne (April 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM)  

You def had me craving some tea cookies after looking at these! Yum!

Catherine Skewes-Donaldson (October 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM)  

Hi! I made these cookies for a party and they were great! I wrote about them on my blog:

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