Earl Grey Cookies


This recipe is directly from the fantastic cookbook Cookies by the unstoppable Martha Stewart. These adorable little tea cookies come together in a breeze and have a lovely, tender texture. The ground earl grey tea leaves in the batter lend the cookies a delightfully smokey, earthy flavor, balanced by the bright hint of orange zest.

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Earl Grey Tea Cookies

  • 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground Earl Grey tea leaves, (from about 8 bags)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (230 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

Whisk together flour, tea, and salt in a small bowl; set aside. Put butter, sugar, and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low; slowly mix in flour mixture until just combined.

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 log and force out air. Transfer in parchment to paper-towel tubes; freeze 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until edges turn golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

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