This easy Earl Grey shortbread recipe makes a delicious tea cookie. The shortbread works well as a simple dessert or an afternoon snack and no sophisticated kitchen tools are required.
I like shortbread almost as much as I like chocolate which is a HUGE compliment to shortbread. Don't worry if you're no Martha Stewart. This shortbread recipe makes it super easy to make classy and attractive cookies.
Earl Grey Tea has a unique citrus flavor thanks to the added essence of bergamot orange. This citrusy punch is an outstanding compliment to a shortbread cookie and you won't find it in other teas.
I used loose leaf Teavana Earl Grey Tea and ran it through a spice grinder. If you do it this way, be sure to take a long whiff of the refreshing Earl Grey aroma as you are grinding. Alternatively, you can tear open tea bags - like these Tazo Earl Grey tea bags - and use the already ground tea inside.
Conventional shortbread recipes tell you to use a food processor to pulse the ingredients until the dough is formed.
I didn't use a food processer because…umm…I'm a tea girl, not a cook, and I don't have one! Instead I just softened the butter a bit to make it all blend together easier, and used my (clean) hands to knead the ingredients into a dough.
Makes about 4 dozen shortbread cookies. Adapted from Real Simple.
Rarely is something so easy also so good!