Earl Grey Cookies

When we started honeyandsoy, Pri, a dear friend of mine in Singapore, really jumped on the bandwagon and started baking using the recipes that we posted up. It was really exciting seeing her photos and knowing that she had been inspired by our blog. One day I asked her what other recipes she might want to see, and she said “Hmm, what about a cookie recipe?” And you know what, I didn’t realise, but we haven’t actually posted a cookie recipe yet! Soy and I have a couple of favourite cookie recipes, but I knew that I just had to feature this earl grey cookie, using real tea leaves in the dough that gives the cookie a rich yet delicate flavour.

I absolutely adore earl grey tea. It’s my favourite, followed by Irish breakfast and Lady Grey. There’s just something about the flowery bergamot that adds a delicious frafgrance to a strong cup of black tea. I’m actually envisioning Nigella in her Twinings ad going “That citrusy bergamot taste… is so uplifting.” :)

When I first came across this recipe, I knew I needed to try it straightaway. You can either form the dough into a log and slice them in to little rounds, or, they roll out really well too, and you can cut out shapes using cookie cutters. I of course, always choose a pretty flower shape. I think that just suits the delicate flowery fragrance of the cookie. It also bakes up really quickly and easily, with a food processor. The cookie dough can be kept in the freezer until you want to bake them.

These cookies don’t last very long in our house, and even Soy, who doesn’t like drinking earl grey tea, loves the taste of the cookies. The icing sugar in the dough adds a chewiness to the texture of the cookie. And they go best with… a cup of tea, of course! So, what is your favourite cookie accompaniment?

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

Recipe from here

makes 2 dozen cookies

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon Earl Grey tea leaves*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon water
110g unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 190°C. Pulse together all the dry ingredients in a food processor until the tea leaves are pulverised.

Add vanilla, water, and butter. Pulse together until a dough is formed. Form the dough into a log onto a piece of parchment paper. Wrap the paper around and roll the log smooth. Freeze now, or chill for at least 30 minutes. Or, if using cookie cutters, form the dough into a ball, flatten slightly then chill for 30 minutes.

When chilled, slice the log into 1/3 inch thick pieces, or roll out the dough and cut into shapes using cookie cutters.

Place on baking sheets and bake until the edges are just brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

*One would think that expensive loose leaf tea would be best in this recipe. But the best flavour seems to come from tea from tea bags because the leaves are more fine and flaky. Just rip open the bags and pour out the tea.

Related Posts with Thumbnails


  • http://www.michelle-chin.com Michelle Chin

    Chai chai chai chai chai. Chocolate chip chai from T2. Just as it is. Without milk and sugar. :)

  • http://twitter.com/wayfaringchoc Hannah Terry-Whyte

    Oooh, they look so lovely and delicate! I’m not a fan of Earl Grey but I assume this would work with any kind of tea :)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    They would, Hannah. Absolutely. But I’ve never tried the recipe with anything other than earl grey yet cos I love it. Perhaps you can give it a go and let me know?

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    I love the sound of chocolate chip chai! Haven’t tried the T2 one… I’ve been having RealChai’s chocolate chai from the markets. Neither have I had chai without milk before! Lots of things to try…

  • mlledelicieuse

    I love Earl Grey tea but have yet to use it in any desserts. This looks quite easy and doesn’t even require eggs =)

  • http://www.michelle-chin.com Michelle Chin

    I guess i’m really unconventional!

  • http://diaryofaladybird.blogspot.com ladybird

    OOh.. great flavour! If I saw those in a cafe, I definitely give them a go. What were they like together with the tea?

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Well done! I love Earl Grey too, it’s my favourite tea :D And these look like they’re really full of the flavour too!

  • http://sohdalex.wordpress.com Alexa @ Sohdalex

    These look delicious. I have never cooked/baked with tea before but it looks like such a good combo. And the touch of ribbon just makes it ;)

  • http://www.simplygluten-free.com Carol@Simply…Gluten-free

    This sounds lovely, I would have to make gluten free but no problem. Thanks for the post, you have inspired me :)

  • http://twitter.com/IronChefShellie Iron Chef Shellie

    OMG earl grey is my FAVOURITE!!! I’m soooo gonna have to try and make these!

  • Anonymous

    Dilmah brand Earl Gray is my absolute favourite! I carry spares in my work pants pockets for when I need an ‘uplifting moment’ at work. …I just need to remember to take them out before putting the pants in the wash…

  • http://anediblemosaic.com Faith

    These cookies are so pretty! I would love to pair them with a cup hot cup of Earl Grey!

  • http://www.radishesandrhubarb.blogspot.com Radishesandrhubarb

    What a great idea. I have always wanted to try cooking with tea and I think Earl Grey would be just beautiful in cookies. That is on my must try list!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Oh yeah! I didn’t even notice about the eggs! It’s really easy, and it has a really unique texture and flavour.

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Awww.. no!! Gah! Walk your dog then make the cookies ;)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Aw thank you! Well, you would think it would be overkill having the cookies with tea, right? But no, they went beautifully. I think because tea still has a more subtle flavour than these cookies that are sweet and packed with flavour, they kind of smooth each other out.

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Oh cool we have something in common!! Soy doesn’t know what she is missing out on!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Alexa! These would be a good starting place using tea in baked goods, cos it’s such an easy recipe and such a delicious cookie!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Oh!!! You are the 3rd person who loves earl grey!!!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Ohh that would be really good if you can make these gluten free. I’ve tried making gluten free tart bases recently by just replacing flour with gluten-free flour, but they just disintegrated. So I’m guessing that won’t work with these cookies either :(

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    HAHAHAHAHHAHA I just imagined tea-stained pants!!! They would smell good though! ;)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    They are LOVELY with a hot cup of Earl Grey! The day I made them though, I had a cup of Lady Grey- also delicious!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    It would be wonderful if you tried this, Alison!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve become an Earl Grey addict recently. Have tried adding the tea leaves to cupcakes, but I must try them in these cookies now too. And I get Nigella’s voice in my head everytime i reach for a hot cuppa earl grey too!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    I haven’t tried tea leaves in cupcakes (other than matcha powder) so I will have to give that a go too! And yes, “T is for Twinings”… :)

  • Trishabui

    May i add the cookies tend to spread out quite a bit so go with the pictures in this post. I was lazy to do more than one tray and ended up with one huge cookie, hmm. Rookie mistake. Delicious though.