Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

Happy hump day everybody!

Today has been a good one for me. I got some study done, went for a quick run and then spoiled myself by getting a makeover done at the MAC store and bought some new powders and blush.

I also bought some more stationery which is exciting to me, but probably not to anyone else.

Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

A few weeks ago I was on holidays from uni and got the chance to make a few recipes I had been dying to trial, this is one of them.

I'm a big Earl Grey tea fan. It's the only tea I drink (apart from green tea).

I'm also very specific about how I like my tea, one sugar and milk please!

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Mr S said he liked these cookies but he didn't know what to drink with them. It seemed that having a drink flavoured cookie perplexed him!

I personally have no problem dipping an Earl Grey Shortbread Cookie into a nice warm Earl Grey tea!

Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies
Adapted from Little & Friday


1 1/2 C Flour
1/3 C Caster Sugar, plus more for dusting
1/2 t Vanilla Paste
1 T Earl Grey Tea Leaves
1 T Finely grated orange zest
150g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Sift flour into a bowl and add sugar, vanilla paste, Earl Grey leaves and orange zest and mix in together.
  • Grate the butter into the flour mixture then mix with your hands until mixture resembles large crumbs.
  • Press the mixture together firmly on top of a sheet of baking paper on your bench or work surface.
  • Place another piece of baking paper on top and roll out mixture to about 1 cm thick.
  • Cut into even sized pieces and carefully place on the baking tray.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden.
  • Once cookies are baked, remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle extra caster sugar on top.
  • Leave cookies to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before placing on a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Orange Glaze:

1 C Icing Sugar
1/4 t Butter, room temperature
1/2 t Orange Zest
1 T plus 1 t Orange Juice
  • Sift icing sugar into a medium sized bowl.
  • Add butter, orange zest and juice and mix with a knife until icing is runny.
  • Add more or less orange juice to taste and until it reaches a nice runny consistency that you can drizzles of cookies.
  • Pour icing into a small snap lock bag and cut a small corner off, drizzle over cookies.
  • Don't worry if the icing seems runny and wet, it will harden over time. I popped mine in the fridge for 15 minutes to make them nice and firm.

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  1. You sold me on the cookie idea, but with the orange glaze? I am actually salivating. YUM!

  2. Umm, I've read the recipe several times now and I don't think the cookie instruction actually includes when to add the tea leaves and orange zest! I can tell by the pictures, though you may want to edit the text?

    1. Hi Erica,
      Thank you so much, you were so right! Just updated it now, hope that's better!

  3. These look beautiful! Both the cookies and the photos! Love the orange glaze :)