Earl Grey Shortbread

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Last year I declared 2015 as year of the Biscotti for my holiday baking. This year it’s an adventure into the world of Shortbread.

Some cookies will be old time favourites like Whipped, Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip, Honey Roasted Peanut and Traditional shortbread while a few newer flavours may be a little on the unconventional side.  It was hard to choose the finalists but the number of recipes were finally reduced to nine…maybe more by the time all is said and done.

Although I haven’t officially begun my baking, a few new recipes needed a trial run to make sure they pass the test.

Earl Grey Tea is my favourite so when I came across this shortbread recipe I was definitely interested.   Shortbread is so easy to make and the ingredients are as simple.  Various flours and sugars, no eggs but butter, butter, butter.  The addition of other tasty flavours to the dough can take basic shortbread from simply delicious to deliciously extraordinary!

This is why I like to keep Shortbread Cookies on the smaller size and don’t assume any responsibility if anyone decides to indulge in more than they should.

A few words of description on the original recipe simply read “Crisp and buttery shortbread cookies with a hint of Earl Grey”……couldn’t have said it better myself!

Earl Grey Shortbread

1 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 to 2 bags Earl Grey Tea

  1. Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until well blended.
  2. Mix together flour, salt and tea leaves, add to butter mixture until a dough begins to form.  Mix will look dry and crumbly at first, use hands to bring dough together into a ball.
  3. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
  4. Cut cookies out using a 2 inch cookie cutter.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven on parchment lined cookie sheet for 20 to 22 minutes or until edges are a golden brown.
  6. Cool cookies on cooling rack.

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Notes, Tips and Suggestions

  • I went with the 2 bags of Earl Grey Tea giving the cookies a perfect balance of flavour.
  • Cookies freeze well.
  • This rolling pin rolls dough out uniformly to desired thickness by changing the disks at either end.

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