Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

This Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies recipe yields tender, crisp, buttery, and crumbly shortbread cookies with earl grey tea infusion. They are perfect for a tea party, or a treat anytime!


I love drinking tea, and what is tea without a cookie? Since my success with Earl Grey Panna Cotta, I have been indulging in the afternoon ritual of drinking earl grey tea. It currently spots in the top rank of my favorite tea and I just cannot get enough of it.

I was thinking of making the perfect cookies to munch on during my ritual. Then, I thought to myself why not combining tea with cookies? And here I am with Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies.

earl grey shortbread cookies


About Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

Why shortbread cookies? During my experiments with Tea-Infused Panna Cotta, I find that most tea flavors are pretty delicate and mild. Even when combined with the cream and milk mixture, the tea taste is barely there.

Therefore, the most suitable cookies for tea cookies is the one with fewer ingredients and no strong flavor. Shortbread cookies are the perfect cookie base. They are mainly made with three ingredients only, which are butter, confectioners sugar, and all-purpose flour. In addition, the loose earl grey tea is grounded and added to the flour mixture to make the tea flavor stronger in every bite.

These cookies become my family’s favorite. They disappear in no time because they are very addictive. Moreover, the cookies keep for weeks when stored properly and you can make the dough well in advance. I believe that this recipe will also become your new favorite cookies that you will make year after year.


earl grey shortbread cookies


Chilling the Dough is the Secret to the Best Shortbread

Chilling the dough before and after shaping will help to retain the shape of the cookies. A short stay in the fridge will firm up the cookies and solidify the butter. This will help keep them from spreading too much and helps concentrate those flavors for your best shortbread. In addition, the cold dough will make the cutting neat with sharp edges.

Once I make the dough, I usually put it in a plastic ziplock bag and roll the dough to make an evenly 1/2-inch thick slab of dough inside the bag. Then, chill the dough for 30 minutes before you cut it with a cookie cutter or a sharp knife. Pierce the middle of the cookies with a skewer helps to minimize the spreading and chill the cut dough again if your dough has warmed up for a little more before baking.


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Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

This Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies recipe yields tender, crisp, buttery, and crumbly shortbread cookies with earl grey tea infusion. They are perfect for a tea party, or a treat anytime!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword Cookies
Prep Time 55 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 50


  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter (150 gr) softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar (60 gr)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (180 gr)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp loose earl grey tea


  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, tea, and salt until the tea is spotted throughout the flour. Set aside.

  2. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter, confectioners sugar, and vanilla extract until incorporated.

  3. Scrape the bowl down and sift in the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Place the dough on a plastic ziplock and roll the dough into a 1/2-inch thick slab. Close the bag and chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator or until the dough is firm enough to cut through.

  4. Line two baking pans with two parchment papers or silicone mats.

  5. Cut open the sides of the ziplock bag with a scissor. Cut the dough with a 2 by 1-inch cookie cutter. Place the cut dough on baking sheets, spaced at least an inch apart. Re-roll the scraps and refrigerate a few minutes until firm again and repeat the process until all dough is used.

  6. Use a skewer to indent a pattern on the top. Chill in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes if the dough has warmed up.

  7. Preheat oven to 350F / 180°C. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bottom edges of the cookies are golden brown in color.

  8. Transfer to a wire sheet to cool completely.

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