Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

Oh man it has been one of those weeks.

One of the ones where you’re running around from work to school to the grocery store and doing homework and now you’re stressed out and you have a cold and you just want to binge How to Get Away with Murder but you can’t because you have a paper due tomorrow so instead you stress-clean the apartment and cry a little and bake shortbread cookies and drink too much coffee.

Just me?

Okay, I know it’s not just me. You, dear reader, probably are also having one of those weeks. But I bet you’re more responsible than I am and are doing more productive things than stress-cleaning. Hopefully one of those things is baking a few of these.

Oh yes. We’ll come back to those in a moment.

If you know me, you know cookies are sort of my thing. Well, after waffles and donuts and coffee and peanut butter and feeling all the feelings.

BUT, when it comes to whipping up something for a party/birthday/potluck/you-need-emotional-support-in-the-form-of-food; cookies are definitely the number one thing. I seriously can’t think of a recipe better for the first food post here on Hungry & Foolish than a cookie. Especially cookies inspired by my desperate need more caffeine.

The first time I made these shortbread cookies to share with a study group, I knew I had officially found a new favorite. These little circles of joy have officially become my number one most requested cookie and I totally get it. They are perfectly light and crisp and buttery and UGH so good. Oh, and only five ingredients. Yeah. Seriously.

These are just a slight twist on a simple shortbread cookie recipe, with a teeny bit of Earl Grey tea to add some flavor. I use my absolute favorite black tea, Teavana’s Earl Grey Crème, which has a little hint of vanilla already added to it. The flavor in the final cookie is really subtle at first but if you’re drinking Earl Grey on the side the flavor comes out like CRAZY. It’s like cookie magic.

This recipe makes a few dozen, and I swear I finish them in like three days. These shortbread cookies are the perfect sidekick to my morning coffee and evening tea. Or, pair them with a massive mug of Earl Grey any time of day because, well, duh. Paired with kitten snuggles these are an absolutely perfect stress reliever.


  • ½ a cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Pinch of salt—I like about ½ a teaspoon, or you can just use salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of loose leaf Earl Grey. If you don’t have loose leaf, this is equivalent to about two tea bags.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar.
  3. Add flour, salt, and tea. Keep mixing until soft, crumbly dough forms.
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface to about ¼ to 1/3 inch, depending on your preference—I always like thicker cookies!
  5. Cut out cookies with a 2-inch, round cookie cutter.
  6. Like a baking sheet with parchment for 18-20 minutes or until right before edges start to turn golden brown.


  • Reply Katherine Leppek March 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    *Line a cookie

    Love your photo work here. Just perfect. Can’t wait to try these.

  • Reply Liesa Morrow-Bratcher August 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    These cookies look amazing. I love a new cookie recipe when I get my hands on one. I have never made cookies with tea, but these sound great.

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