Earl Grey Tea Cookies

8 dozen

These cookies are truly flavorful and make wonderful gifts.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons finely ground Earl Grey tea leaves (from about 4 bags)

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest


  1. Whisk flour, tea, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Put butter, sugar, and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture until just combined.

  3. 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 the log and force out air. Transfer in parchment to paper towel tubes; freeze until firm, 1 hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment.

  5. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Cook's Notes

This recipe can be halved easily. You can either grind the tea leaves in a small food processor or with a spice grinder.

Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 5 days.

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