Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mother's Day Sweet: Tea Shortbread

Here's an easy homemade treat for mom that is fancy enough to make her feel special. It's a basic shortbread recipe that you add your or her favorite loose tea to. I used a chocolate mint tea but chai, Earl Grey and even green tea powder would all be tasty. It's a crumbly, buttery cookie, and the hint of tea blends in nicely. For a gift to match, package up some of that favorite tea in a mason jar or tin and send it home with mom.

Tea Shortbread Cookies
Recipe adapted from Claire Robinson

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons loose tea leaves of your choice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

In a food processor, pulse together the flour, tea and salt, until the tea is spotted throughout the flour. Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and butter. Pulse together just until a dough is formed. Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and press into a flat round. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a flour dusted surface, roll the dough out to approximately 1/3-inch thick. (If the dough is too hard to roll or begins to crack, let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes until pliable.) Use a 1 1/2-inch wide square or round cookie cutter or cut the dough out yourself with a sharp knife. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until the edges are just brown, about 10-12 minutes. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature. Makes approximately 20 cookies.


  1. What a great idea. I have a rose almondine tea perfect for this recipe. Thank you Natalie!

  2. What a coinkydink - my mom's two favorite things are tea and shortbread! :)

  3. These sound wonderful–and my mama doesn't like anything better than a cup of tea and a savory-sweet cookie!

  4. My mom is very British and she would totally love them:) Yum! Have a great day. xoxo

  5. these sound fabulous and the photos are lovely. what a wonderful afternoon treat!

  6. What a great idea - never thought of adding tea to shortbread and there are so many fragrant tea flavours to try now.

  7. just made these for my mom for mother's day with rooibos! they're delicious! thanks for the recipe, sweet nat!

  8. I've been dreaming of these cookies ever since I saw them on your Instagram. I love baking with tea, and these look so lovely. Perfect for mother's day indeed!

  9. what a lovely treat for mother's day! i know my mom would love it :)

  10. Can you use a blender instead of a food processor to mix the ingredients?

  11. A hand mixer is probably the best alternative.



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