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)