Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. And Crumbly.

As a lot of my friends know, I’m a huge Star Trek nerd.  I dressed up as a Vulcan for Halloween last year and even got an IDIC tattoo on my shoulder.

My favourite captain has got to be Jean-Luc Picard.  He’s dignified, smart and loves Earl Grey tea!  I love tea as well.  Dunking biscuits in a nice hot cuppa is heaven.

Yesterday, I was thinking to myself.  I wonder if there is a recipe out there that combines Star Trek, tea and biscuit-dunking together?  And I found it. Today, I’m baking Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies from the Whole Foods Market recipe collection.

These are super easy to make, as they have minimal ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, plus more for the pan
  • 1 tablespoon Earl Grey tea leaves, finely ground (I’m using this lovely Earl Grey tea made by Kyoto Coffee, a local vendor)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

First, preheat the oven to 325F and butter an 8-inch square pan.  Mix the butter and tea in a large bowl using an electric mixer.  It should look well combined and creamy.  Then, add the sugar and mix.  Finally, add the flour and the salt and mix again.  The dough should look a bit crumbly.


Put the dough in the prepared square pan and press it down with your fingers, making an even layer along the whole bottom of the pan.


Bake until the edges are slightly brown and the cookies are a bit soft, usually around 30 minutes or so.  Take a fork and make perforated lines into the dough to form 16 cookies and set aside for about 10 minutes to cool.


Loosen the edges with a knife and carefully slide cookies out onto a flat surface.  Cut or break the cookies to eat warm or at room temperature.  Or my favourite….to dunk!


Apart from them being extremely crumbly, the flavour is delicious.  I’m definitely going to tweak the recipe a bit.  I think Jean-Luc would approve.




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