- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup confectioner’s (icing) sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 vanilla bean split and scraped (or 1 tbsp. vanilla bean paste)
- 2 tbsp. (3 tea bags) Earl Grey Tea
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- Sparkling or turbinado sugar (optional, for sprinkling)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
- Add in the vanilla, vanilla bean or paste) and tea and stir together.
- Add in the flour and mix until just combined.
- Gather up the dough and form into a flattened disk. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer.
- Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Roll out the chilled dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/4″ thickness, then cut out desired shapes and place them on the baking sheets. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes (this helps keep the cookies from spreading while baking.)
- While the cookies are chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F.
- If desired, sprinkle the tops of the cookies with sparkling sugar and press in lightly.
- Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes. The edges should just be starting to brown. Cool on the pans for a couple of minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
I love my Paderno pastry mat and Joseph Joseph rolling pin, which makes rolling dough out to consistent thickness super easy.
If you’re looking for a great source for teas, aside from the larger, well-known companies like Teavana, David’s and Adagio, I highly recommend checking out SerendipiTea. Founder/owner Linda is a customer of ours at my day job, and both she and Sonam are not only incredibly knowledgeable but super nice people. Linda also edited a lovely book about tea, written by SerendipiTea’s co-founder Tomislav Podreka.
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#creativecookieexchange for march: teatime cookies
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