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
- Heat oven to 375°F. Pulse together all the dry ingredients in a food processor until the tea leaves are pulverized.
- 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.
- 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.
- Slice each log into disks, 1/3 inch thick. Place on parchment- or foil-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
- 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.