Earl Grey Tea Cookies

Program: KCTS 9 Cooks
Presented by: Paula Nemzek, KCTS 9 Cooks

Cook's Note: Try these delectable slice-and-bake cookies with your own favorite blend of tea. Delicious! We created these sophisticated cookies in honor of our August 2 event with Downton Abbey Cast members. We think Cora, Countess of Grantham, would approve!

makes 18 to 24 cookies


  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons loose Earl Grey tea leaves, crushed, or 1 1/2 tablespoons from tea bags (about 5 bags)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


In a large bowl, cream together butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. In a separate bowl, blend flour, tea and salt. Add half of flour mixture to butter mixture and stir together. Add remaining flour mixture and mix together until just combined.

Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap. Roll into a firm log about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Seal with plastic, twisting both ends tightly, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment.

Slice the cookies into 1/3-inch thick rounds and place on the parchment at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 14 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. These are best served freshly baked.



Japanese Matcha Tea Cookies delicious! Nice green color too. Be sure to toast the sesame seeds before adding to the dough--gives an even nuttier flavor.


Hi Debra -- so great to hear from you! I was just thinking about you with the anniversary of 9/11 coming up.
The matcha is a great idea. I have a packet in the cupboard and will try your variation :)


Hi, Paula!
I tried this with licorice spice tea and it made a nice little spicy cookie. Next up: cookies with Japanese Matcha tea, toasted sesame seeds and a few drops almond extract. The dough is right now chilling in the fridge. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Thanks for the recipe!


My husband is a tea lover and collector.This recipe was right up our cooking "ally". BBQ with tea rubs and smoke treatments are also our pleasure.
Don't change a thing with this recipe! It is perfect and delicious as written!! Bravo!


Thank you, Julie! And I just had a thought after munching on a couple of these -- for people sensitive to caffeine, you might want to try decaf leaves. These cookies do have a bit of a buzz :)

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