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.

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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.


  1. 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.

  2. They look delicious! Love the shape!

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

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

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

  6. Hi! I made these cookies for a party and they were great! I wrote about them on my blog: http://petitappartement.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/earl-grey-cookies-with-a-fresh-lime-glaze/