Introduction: English Breakfast Tea Cookies

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Cookies made with dried tea leaves!

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Step 1: Ingredients

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1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon finely ground English breakfast tea leaves (from about 2 bags)
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2/3-ish tablespoons finely grated orange zest

Step 2: Instructions

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Whisk flour, tea, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

Put butter, sugar, and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture until just combined.

Divide dough in half. Transfer each half to a piece of parchment paper; shape into logs. Roll in parchment to 1 1/4 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow the log and force out air. Transfer in parchment to paper towel tubes; freeze until firm, 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment.

Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.


dandylioness (author)2012-08-02

Thanks ectadie for this recipe. I love tea and never heard of it in cookies before.
I made a variation for those (like me) who want a softer cookie. I am not a fan of shortbread-like cookies so I added: 1 egg, 1tsp baking powder, increased the sugar (used regular white sugar) to 1/2 cup, increased the flour to 1 1/2 cups. Also I used 4 teabags. I dropped the dough by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. The resulting cookie looks a bit more "rustic" than your lovely ones but it's soft, more biscuit-like.
Thanks for inspiring me to bake.

ectadie (author)dandylioness2012-08-02

thanks so much for the idea, i will be sure to try that!

saucyjacky (author)2012-07-10

These were great! Made them yesterday, and they're gone today.

ectadie (author)saucyjacky2012-07-10

Wow that's so awesome!! I'm really glad they turned out well :)

jessyratfink (author)2012-07-09

I've been wanting to try these for a long time! They look excellent. :D

ectadie (author)jessyratfink2012-07-09

Thanks! They're not too difficult to make, definitely give them a try :)

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