Earl Grey Cookies

Him: Did you put orange peel in this?
Me: No silly, earl grey has that in the tea.
Him: This is really good.

Tea, Earl Grey hot… in cookie form! I love Picard and TNG. Ignore me I’m a huge nerd.

I’ve been making this earl grey cookies recipe for 8 years and have completely forgotten where I originally got it from. It’s a fan favorite from coworkers and friends alike. The recipe is relatively easy to throw together last minute since the ingredients are things readily available in my pantry. I personally thought this batch was just ok, but everyone really liked them and then we ended up having a fun conversation in the work chat about what beverage you might pair these cookies with.


    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
    • 2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea leaves, from about 6 tea bags
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 sticks of 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.
  2. Since my food processor is small I then transfer the dry ingredients to the KitchenAid mixer bowl and add the vanilla, 1 teaspoon water, and the butter. Mixing together until a dough is formed.
  3. 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.
  4. Slice each log into disks, 1/3 inch thick. Place on parchment- or foil-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake until the edges are just brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

I ended up burning some, but then as it turns out my coworkers liked the burnt ones the best. I probably shouldn’t have tossed the darker ones out. Oops.

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