It wasn’t until I met my husband 25+ years ago that I first heard about Earl Grey tea. I wasn’t a big tea drinker and didn’t know anyone who really was. However, I quickly discovered that my soon to be husband loves Earl Grey and before long it became a staple in our home.
When we recently moved, Tyson found a local restaurant that served an Earl Grey Old Fashioned that he was blown away by it. However, this little love affair was short-lived when the restaurant changed formats and discontinued the cocktail. I’ve been keeping an eye out on how to make our own and instead discovered a recipe for Earl Grey shortbread cookies.
The only thing that my husband loves more than Earl Grey is shortbread. As soon as I saw the recipe, I knew we had the makings of a winning combo.
Time to test it out in my own kitchen!
Earl Grey Shortbread Recipe
- 1/4 cup Earl Grey tea leaves
- 4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 sticks of unsalted butter
- 3.5 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Coarse sugar
Earl Grey Shortbread Method
Now that I’m a tea drinker, I’ve noticed that not all tea is created equal. For this recipe, I stuck with a brand we already know and like the flavor of.
**This is not a sponsored post… I’m just super picky about my tea.**
To get ¼ cup of Earl Grey tea leaves, I cut open 15 tea bags.
I then put them into my mortar and pestle to make sure they were thoroughly ground. Because they were coming from tea bags, the process of grinding the leaves was mostly done for me, but I still felt like a cooking boss using the pestle.
Mix the Earl Grey with 4 cups of flour and ½ teaspoon of salt.
In a new bowl, cream 4 sticks of room temperature butter.
For those playing along at home, that’s a POUND of butter. No wonder shortbread is so crazy good!
Blend in 2.5 cups of confectioners’ sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
Beat in your Earl Grey dry mixture and then add to a prepared baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
Transfer to a cooling rack and let it sit for 20 minutes in the pan.
At this point my kitchen had an amazing, lemony tea aroma that made waiting for everything to cool extremely challenging.
Once the shortbread had cooled for 20 minutes, I popped it out of the pan and cut into 1.5 inch squares. The instructions said to let it cool completely before adding glaze, but everyone was pretty ready to try out these treats immediately.
I mixed up the recommended glaze by whisking together 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar with 3 tablespoons of milk and drizzled it over the top. I then finished with a sprinkle of coarse sugar.
Earl Grey Shortbread Verdict
I was told that these were the best thing my husband has ever tasted! In fact these are officially his new favorite thing, so I’d say this recipe was a total success.
Waiting until they completely cooled before adding the icing might makes these look a little better. Also since I used tea bags I think you could skip the mortar and pestle and the cookies might turn out a little less… grey.
This recipe for Earl Grey shortbread was actually very easy to make and is a super yummy treat to have on hand. We will definitely be making them again.
Are you trying out any new recipes in the new year? Have you made shortbread cookies before? Do you have any other shortbread recommendations I should try? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
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