Friday, March 19, 2010

Earl Grey Tea Cookies


I didn't realise I've got 3 boxes of earl grey tea sitting in my cupboard and since I have Martha Stewart's recipe for the longest time, I made these for tea.

It tasted more like shortbread than cookies and has this melt-in-your-mouth texture.   I used Emborg butter and it came in 200g.  Recipe calls for 220g and I was lazy to measure and cut out more butter so I just left it as it is.  Also, I used only 3 tea bags instead of 2 tablespoons (approximately 6 - 8 tea bags) as I was worried the cookies may end up too bitter as I've reduced sugar slightly too.  It has a nice mild earl grey taste but if I were to make them again, I'll probably use 4 - 5 tea bags.

Due to my camera setting, I get 2 different colours of these cookies.  The actual cookies actually look more like the first 2 pictures posted.

(adapted from Martha Steward)
Makes about 8 dozen (I cut them into triangles and had 60+ cookies)

Ingredients
2 cups (250g) plain flour
3 tea bags finely ground Earl Grey tea leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
220g butter, softened
45g icing sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

Method
  1. Whisk together flour, tea, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. 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.
  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 log and force out air. Transfer in parchment to paper-towel tubes; freeze 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 180C. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  5. Bake until edges turn golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

12 comments:

MsMoon said...

Wow... melt-in-the-mouth texture! They look really lovely.. ^^

Shopaholic2802 said...

Looks good....may try these soon...

Pete said...

Mmm, now I have an idea of what to do with the teas sitting in my cabinet. LOL!

Added your link to my blogroll. Have a nice weekend! Cheers!

Heavenly Housewife said...

These look wonderful. I've been wanting to try making earl grey tea cookies too.
Wishing you a great weekend.
*kisses* HH

Kitchen Corner said...

This cookies must have very good smell!

Anncoo said...

This looks easy and simple. I still got some British tea at home, would like to try this.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This is best to have it with a cup of tea or coffee~

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noobcook said...

I love the idea of using tea for cooking/baking. these cookies look delicious!

wendyywy said...

Wow... tea leaves in cookies.
Never tried this before. Wonder if it'll work with my other favourite teas too..

Cocina Savant said...

these look amazing! i just stumbled across your blog and am loving all of your baked good recipes. look forward to trying some in the near future :)
-Dawn@CocinaSavant

Suhaina said...

oh wow.thats a beauty.. looks very tempting and aromatic.