Earl Grey Tea Cookies

[Photographs: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

These crisp sugar cookies are flavored with citrusy Earl Grey tea leaves.

About the author: Carrie Vasios Mullins is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 2 dozen cookies
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:1 hour 45 minutes
Special equipment:food processor, stand mixer, rolling pin, baking sheets, parchment paper, cookie cutter
This recipe appears in: Cookie Monster: Earl Grey Tea Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Earl Grey tea leaves
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.


  1. 1

    In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and tea leaves. Pulse until tea leaves are finely ground, 6-pulses.

  2. 2

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in vanilla, followed by egg. Add dry ingredients to bowl and mix just until dough comes together. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.

  3. 3

    Adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  4. 4

    Lightly flour a clean work surface. Roll dough out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out cookies with cutter of your choice, then transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake until cookies are just golden at the edges, about 12 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.


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