Earl Grey Tea Cookies

Earl Grey was my favourite tea variety for many, many years, so when I found this recipe in Real Simple about 4 years ago, I knew I had to make it.  Understandably, it is very popular with tea lovers.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c confectioners’ sugar
2 tbs Earl Grey tea leaves (approximately 6 tea bags)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1.    Heat oven to 375oF. Sift together the dry ingredients.
2.    Cream the vanilla and butter.  Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, followed by 1 tsp. of water.  Mix until a dough is formed.
3.    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.
4.    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.

Makes about 6 dozen (you may want to halve the recipe)

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