The next couple of cookie recipes are taken from Martha Stewart. This recipe, because it’s so unusual, and I love the taste of Earl Grey tea! This cookie has the taste of a delicate butter cookie with the added zing of orange and bergamot. They are a favorite of quite a few people and I can never leave them out of my repertoire. The recipe is easy and they bake fast. In fact, you can leave the logs in the freezer , slice and bake them when you need them! They also freeze well when baked.
Earl Grey Tea Cookies (Martha Stewart recipe-she says it makes 8 dozen cookies)
2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons finely ground Earl Grey tea leaves 1 cup (2 sticks)unsalted butter, room temp
(you can use loose or 4 bags tea leaves-just grind 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
in a spice or coffee grinder) 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
Whisk together the flour, tea and salt in a bowl, set aside.
Put butter, sugar and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Use paddle attachment. Mix on medium until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, gradually add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Divide dough in half. Transfer each half to parchment paper and shape into logs. Roll in the parchment to 1 1/4″ in diameter. pressing a ruler along the edge of the parchment at each turn to narrow the log and force the air out. Transfer in parchment to paper towel tubes, freeze until firm-about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut logs into 1/4″ thick slices. Space 1 ” apart on baking sheet lined with parchment (or silpat).
1. Invest in a microplane-there is nothing better to grate zest, nutmeg etc. They aren’t expensive, come in a variety of sizes and are the best tool for the job.
2. If you don’t have an electric mixer-you have to do this by hand.
3. I do not use the towel tubes and my cookies come out just fine! I never remember to save the tubes!
4. I never get 8 dozen-I usually get about 5 or 6 dozen. In order to get the 8 dozen you need to cut them thinner than 1/4″!