This recipe was modified from the Sugar and Soul - Downton Abbey Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies. Roughly: the lemon glaze was removed; the number of tea bags used was increased; the cooking time was increased.
|Preparation Time||30 minutes|
|Infusing Time||2 hours|
|Cooking Time||20 minutes|
|Total Time||2 hours 50 minutes|
|Cookie Dimensions||Width 1cm; Diameter 4cm|
For equipment, you will need an oven, baking sheets, mixing bowls, and parchment paper. Additionally, it is helpful to have a spice grinder/blender for the earl grey tea leaves, a rolling pin, and cookie cutters/templates.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 bags Earl Grey tea leaves, President’s Choice brand used
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar, Rogers brand used
- 2 cups all purpose flour, Compliments brand used
- 1/2 tsp salt, Windsor iodized table salt
- Pulse the earl grey tea leaves until a fine powder is formed.
- Blend the butter and earl grey tea leaves together. Mixture should sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
- Cream the butter and tea mixture with the granulated sugar in a large bowl.
- Add in the flour and salt. Mix until a uniform dough forms. The consistency should be crumbly and dry, but can hold shape when pressed together tightly.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is 1cm thick.
- Cut the cookies using a 4cm diameter cookie cutter and place on the parchment paper. The cookies only need to be spaced such that they do not touch each other. Minimal cookie expansion occurs in the oven.
- Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 18-20 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
- Allow the cookies to cool down completely to room temperature before serving.
- The longer the cookies sit, the more intense the flavour becomes.
- Shelf life is 2 weeks at room temperature, 2 months frozen.
- For extra fine earl grey tea leaves, use a mortar and pestle to grind the leaves.