With a hint of vanilla and a whole lot of earl grey flavour these earl grey cookies make for the perfect afternoon treat!
Those that know me, know I am a tea drinker. I may or may not have a slight obsession. I probably have at least 30 different teas in my ever growing collection. The tea I gravitate to most is Earl Grey. As part of my morning ritual, I drink a big warm mug of earl grey tea. One of my favourite earl grey teas is the Cream of Earl Grey. It has a lovely creamy vanilla flavour to it. I tried to capture that flavour in these cookies.
These cookies have a slightly different texture then my traditional sugar cookies. They are a bit of a hybird between a sugar cookie and a shortbread cookie. A traditional shortbread cookie is typically butter, sugar and flour. In this cookie I have included an egg making it more like a sugar cookie. However, I kept the ratio of butter, sugar and flour the same as shortbread cookie. These cookies have a denser crumbly texture and a richer buttery flavour then my usual sugar cookie.
Earl Grey Cookies
Makes: 24-30 cookies
1 c butter, at room temperature
1 c icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c flour
2 tbsp earl grey tea leaves (approx. 4 tea bags)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, on medium-high speed cream together butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. On medium speed beat in egg & vanilla until just combined. On low speed add flour & earl grey leaves to mixture. Mix until just combined. Dough should come together into a large ball. Divide dough into 2 pieces. Roll into logs (approx. 2 inches in diameter), wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in fridge for minimum 1 hour.
Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove logs from plastic wrap. With a sharp knife cut cookies off log 1/3-1/2 inch thick.
Transfer cookie to prepared baking tray, spacing them out baking 12 per tray. The cookies won't spread much when baking. Bake for 12-16 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Baking time will vary based on the thickness of the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.