The briskness in the weather makes you want to pour yourself a warm cup of tea and plunge your favorite cookie into it. Be it masala chai, chai latte, english breakfast tea or earl grey, the warmth and satisfaction it gives is unparalleled. But what happens if you combine tea in your cookies – pure bliss!
This innovative recipe sprang into my mind thinking about all the tea aficionados I have at my home. I thought how amazing it would be if I combine the earl grey tea leaves with my cookie dough and serve it as a surprise with the morning tea. The freshly baked cookies transports your palate to a world of adventure and surprises. The balance of cookie dough with a hint of earl grey tea leaves was so interesting that my coffee lover mother in law enjoyed it a lot.
Quick and easy recipe where you can create little wonders for your tea time friends or to give this unique cookie as a gift to your friends or serve it with vanilla ice cream. So enjoy these little pleasures with your daily cuppa.
INGREDIENTS: (makes 24 cookies)
- 250 gms all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp icing sugar
- 4 packets of earl grey tea (I used Twinings Earl Grey tea bags)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla essence or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- orange rinds (optional)
- Blend all purpose flour, icing sugar, granulated sugar, salt and earl grey tea leaves in a food processor so that the tea leaves reduce to fine particles.
- Add orange rinds to the mix.
- Add melted butter, vanilla essence/ extract and water into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well combined.
- Take the cookie dough and roll it out in the form of a log. Cover it with a parchment paper.
- Freeze it for 1 hour so that it’s firm.
- Once it’s firm, cut the log into cookies (1/3 – 1/2 inch) and bake at 190 C in a preheated oven for 15 – 16 minutes, until golden brown.